What's For Dessert: Individual Peach Crisps


We picked up a bagful of peaches at the grocery store over the weekend, but for the life of me, I never think to eat a piece of fruit during the day. However, pair the idea of fresh fruit with dessert, and I'm in! Rather than make a large fruit crisp (which I then furtively eat for the rest of the week), I opted to make just two servings this time around. I think these would make a rather elegant dessert option for a dinner party or summertime picnic. Served with a little scoop of ice cream -- what could be better?

Individual Peach Crisps
makes 2 servings

2 peaches, peeled, halved, and cut into slices
3 tablespoons rolled oats
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, chilled

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine the oats, brown sugar, flour and spices in a small bowl. Mix with a fork to combine. Cut in the butter until small pebble-sized pieces form. Set aside.
3. Layer the peach slices into two oven-safe 6-oz ramekins. (One peach per ramekin.)
4. Sprinkle the topping over the top of the peaches until they are completely covered.
5. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the fruit is bubbling and the topping has browned.
6. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
7. Serve a la mode.

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