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I love a good fresh peach crisp! Peaches are one of the summer’s best fruit bounties. And you know, peaches even look like summer – with their blend of reds, oranges, and yellows. Here in my part of California, the hillsides and fields are all golden in the summer.

I think my love of peaches and summer started with my grandparent’s small farm outside of Stockton, California. As kids, my sister and I had extended summer stays there. And it was fun and carefree.

We collected eggs in the morning, picked ripe fruits from the small orchard, ran around with their dog Comet, watched soap operas with our grandma in the afternoons, and had dessert every night.

sliced fresh peach

Her lemon poke cake was my favorite dessert, but the peaches were my favorite fruit. And my grandma often made peach crisps with them.

Fruit Crisp with Fresh Fruit

Fruit crisp is an ideal way to use up ripened summer fruits. Plus, it is a very forgiving and easy dessert recipe.

You can substitute the peaches with blueberries, nectarines, apricots, raspberries, strawberries, or a combination for a delicious fruit crisp.

As a big peach fan, I love the crispy, slightly crunch topping and soft, gooey sweetness from this peach crisp dessert. And, in the fall, I like making apple crisp.

sliced fresh peach on a chopping board

This fresh peach crisp recipe is quick and easy. Now that I’m a whiz at making biscuits, thanks to my 3 ingredient biscuits recipe, making peach cobbler is a snap.

If you love fruit crisps, you will also love our apple crisp, and apple strawberry crisp.

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How to Make Fresh Peach Crisp

This is such an easy dessert recipe that the prep takes less than 10 minutes. In comparison, that’s what you need for your oven to preheat anyway.

Since the ingredients are common pantry staples, you probably have the topping ingredients right in your pantry and fridge!

fresh peaches make an easy dessert recipe on a bowl

Clean and slice the peaches. I don’t always remove the peach skins, though it’s fine if you do.

lemon zest
zesting the lemon

TFN Tip: Use your zester upside down, it catches all of the zest, making it easier to slide it right into the bowl.

Stir the lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, and corn starch together and mix with the peaches.

The lemon juice serves two purposes, to provide a little tartness to balance the sweetness and to keep the peaches from browning.

Then, cut in the butter.

In the summer, I use a pastry cutter for this. Otherwise, it winds up being a hot mess.

You can use two knives or your fingers to crumble the butter, though. Whatever works best for you.

Stir in the oats and nuts (optional) and stir.

Add the peach mixture to your casserole dish.

peach crisp ready for baking on a tub

Evenly spread the topping mixture on top, and put it in your preheated oven.

Cook until the topping is golden and it is lightly bubbling all over. That’s how you’ll know this peach dessert is done.

Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving. Serve peach crisp on its own, with a little cream, or over vanilla ice cream.


Why is my peach crisp soggy?

No matter what you do,  peach crisp won’t remain crispy if it’s been resting on top of juicy cooked peaches for a while. Your baked peaches will naturally continue to release more juices as they sit, meaning the topping will eventually turn softer.

Do I have to peel peaches for peach crisp?

You can leave the skin on peaches for peach crisp. Since the skins on the sliced peaches will soften during baking anyway, they’ll be very tender once baked. But if you’d rather not have them in your peach crisp, or other peach recipes, it’s perfectly OK to peel the peaches first.

Should I refrigerate a peach crisp?

Does peach crisp need to be refrigerated? Yes, the leftovers should be stored and covered in the refrigerator. It will help keep the topping from getting too mushy.

Here’s the Fresh Peach Crisp Recipe

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Peach Crisp

When peaches are in season, it's time to make Peach Crisp! It is my favorite summer dessert. Serve warm over vanilla ice cream for a special treat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, One Pot Meal, Make Ahead
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 362kcal


  • casserole dish (about 3 quarts)



  • 5 pounds (5-6 large peaches) peaches, cut into 1/2" slices peeled or unpeeled
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest


  • 3/4 cup oats, instant or rolled
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” pieces
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped nuts


  • Preheat oven to 375º F. Grease or spray your casserole dish with cooking oil. Place peaches in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix granulated sugar and corn starch. Add lemon juice and zest. Add to peaches and stir.
  • In a medium bowl, add topping ingredients. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, smash the butter into crumb-sized pieces.
  • Add the peach filling to the casserole pan, then cover with topping. Bake at 375ºF for 40 minutes, or until bubbly and golden.
  • Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Top with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired before serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 738mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 1524IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

Doesn’t it look delicious?! Try this for yourself and let me know what you think below in the comments.

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