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Peach Crumble with Salted Caramel Sauce

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Peach Crumble is a delicious dessert that’s simple to make when you’re craving juicy summer peaches and warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. And when you want a touch of decadence to this already irresistible treat, a homemade salted caramel sauce drizzled over the top will make it unforgettable.

Side view of warm from the oven peach crumble with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce over the top.

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Imagine… warm-from-the-oven peach crumble with a buttery and crisp topping alongside melting vanilla ice cream oozing into the peaches. And then… an indulgent salted caramel sauce that brings a perfect balance of sweet and salty flavor to a dessert made in heaven.

It’s truly, delightful.

What is Peach Crumble?

This Peach Crumble recipe is an easy summer dessert for the season or simple to make any time of the year.

It begins with sliced peaches (skin on or off depending on the peach and your preferences) that are deliciously sweetened and seasoned with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A little flour thickens the juices as they bake, and a splash of lemon juice is added to perk up and brighten the peaches.

The topping is a buttery, crumbling combination of butter, sugar, warm spices, and an egg to bring it all together.

When choosing your peaches, look for ripe fruit, which brings a sweeter and tastier flavor to the dessert.

What is the difference between Peach Crumble and Peach Crisp?

While peach crumble and peach crisp may seem similar, there are distinct differences between them, and it’s all in the topping.

A peach crisp will likely have oats in its streusel-like topping. A crumble topping is made with flour, sugar, and butter mixed to form “crumbles.” This topping is scattered over the peaches before baking.

Peach crumble is also not to be mistaken for a peach cobbler, which tends to have a more solid topping like biscuits or dumplings.

Top view of peach crumble ingredients on a wood serving board

Peach Crumble Ingredients

Ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, but here is a quick list of what you will need:

  • Fresh sliced peaches, peeled or unpeeled, according to your preference. You can also use frozen peach slices for convenience or, in the middle of winter, thawed and drained of excess moisture.
  • Lemon juice to brighten the flavors
  • Warm spices of cinnamon and nutmeg for the peaches and crumble topping
  • Brown sugar and granulated sugar
  • All-purpose flour to thicken peach juices as they bake
  • Butter and an egg for the topping
Top view of unbaked Peach Crumble in an oval white baking dish with topping

How to Make Peach Crumble

Step-by-step instructions are in the recipe card below, but here is a quick overview.

Preheat the oven to 375℉ and combine peaches, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, make the crumble topping by combining flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in the egg until the mixture resembles coarse crumbles.

Transfer to a greased but shallow 2½ quart oven-proof baking dish. Sprinkle topping over the peaches and then evenly pour melted butter over the top. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Peach Crumble FAQs

Can I use frozen peaches instead of fresh ones?

Yes, you can use frozen peaches for this recipe. Just make sure to thaw them and drain any excess liquid before incorporating them into the crumble.

Can I substitute other fruits for peaches?

Absolutely! While peaches work wonderfully in this recipe, you can experiment with other fruits like apples, pears, or berries. Adjust the sweetness and baking time accordingly based on the fruit you choose.

Can I make the salted caramel sauce ahead of time?

Definitely! You can prepare the salted caramel sauce ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Just reheat it gently before serving.

Can I use store-bought caramel sauce instead?

Yes, you can use store-bought caramel sauce if you prefer. However, making your own salted caramel sauce from scratch adds a delightful homemade touch to the dessert. But when time is short, absolutely use your favorite ready-made caramel sauce!

Can I use a different type of sugar for the crumble topping?

For the crumble topping, you can experiment with different sugars, like brown sugar or coconut sugar. Each will add a unique flavor profile to the dish.

How do I reheat the peach crumble?

Reheat the peach crumble in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes or until warm. Alternatively, you can microwave individual portions for a quick warm-up.

How long will peach crumble keep in the fridge?

To store peach crumble, cover the dessert and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. While the topping won’t stay as crisp and crunchy, it will still be delicious and sweet!

How to Serve Peach Crumble

Serving a scoop of vanilla ice cream alongside warm crumble is a delicious way to enjoy this summer dessert.

Have you made this yet? Let us know how it went in the comments below! 

Side view of peach crumble with melting vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce in a white bowl.

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Side view of warm from the oven peach crumble with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce over the top.

Peach Crumble with Salted Caramel Sauce

Peach Crumble is an easy, delicious dessert with juicy peaches baked, warm spices, and a crumbly, buttery topping, drizzled with caramel.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

For the Peaches

  • 6 cups sliced peaches
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Crumble Topping

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg lighten beaten
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)

Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

For the Peaches

  • Preheat the oven to 375℉. In a large bowl, combine the sliced peaches, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss to coat.

For the Crumble Topping

  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in the egg until the mixture resembles coarse crumbles.

Assemble and Bake

  • Transfer peaches into a greased, shallow 2½ quart oven-proof baking dish. Sprinkle crumble topping over the peaches and then pour melted butter evenly over the topping.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Salted Caramel Sauce

  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar with ¼ cup cold water and stir. Then, cook, without stirring, until the sugar has turned a deep amber hue, approximately 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, warm the cream in a small saucepan. When the caramel is ready, slowly whisk in the warm cream and continue simmering the mixture until it is smooth, another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, then whisk in the butter, and then the salt, to taste. Serve warm.

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Notes

Peaches: If using frozen peach slices, be sure to thaw and drain any remaining moisture.

Nutrition

Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 511IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peach crumble, peach crisp

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