I've been on a major peach kick this summer so it only feels right to share my brown sugar baked peaches with cinnamon recipe with you! What makes my recipe extra special is that along with serving your peaches with ice cream, whipped cream, yogurt, etc...we're also going to top them off with crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal!
Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal is basically a crumble topping in cereal form...sugar, cinnamon, crunch....it just makes sense to put it on these peaches. Along with the cereal topping, you'll only need a few other things to make this super easy dessert recipe.Jump to Recipe
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The Magic of Baked Peaches
Baking amplifies the sweetness of peaches, transforming them from a simple fruit to a luscious, dessert-worthy treat. The edges caramelize slightly, while the insides become melt-in-your-mouth tender.
Baked peaches with Cinnamon Toast Crunch topping: ingredients
- 2 large, ripe peaches, halved and pitted
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 1.5 tablespoon butter, divided into four pieces (you'll place a piece in the center of each pitted peach half)
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- ½ cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, crushed, for serving
- Optional: ice cream, whipped cream, Greek yogurt, for serving
By the way, if you're as obsessed with peaches as I am, I also recently updated my recipe for brown sugar peach crisp bars to try next!
How to Make Baked Peaches: Instructions
- Preheat the Oven: Start by setting your oven to 375°F (190°C)
- Prepare the Peaches: Arrange the halved peaches cut-side up in a baking dish.
- Butter, Sugar, and Spices: Combine the cinnamon, brown sugar, and a pinch of nutmeg in a bowl and mix together. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the peach halves. Place a piece of the butter in the center of each pitted peach half.
- Bake: Transfer the baking dish to your preheated oven and bake the peaches for about 10-15 minutes or until they're tender and the sugar has caramelized. Baking time will vary depending on the sizes of your peaches and how baked you want them to be.
- Crunchy Topping: Once out of the oven, crush the cereal and sprinkle the Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal over the top of each peach half for that delightful crunch we're after.
- Serve: These are best served warm. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream, or a spoonful of Greek yogurt and even more cereal topping if you wish!
Serving Suggestions for Baked Peaches
Here are a few of the different occasions that suit this fall dessert perfectly.
- Breakfast Treat: Serve these baked peaches with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey for a decadent start to your day.
- Dessert Extravaganza: Top with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a sprinkle of crushed cereal for a satisfying dessert.
- Cozy Snack: Enjoy them as they are, warm from the oven, on a chilly evening.
How to Pick Ripe Peaches
Here are a few extra tips for how to pick ripe peaches and make sure you get the best flavor, texture, and result from my baked peaches recipe!
Here's a guide on how to select the perfect peach:
- Color: Look at the peach's skin color, especially around the stem. A deep yellow (or red-blush depending on the peach variety) indicates ripeness. However, the absence of green is more important than the presence of red. Green means the fruit was picked too early and might not ripen correctly.
- Aroma: A ripe peach will have a sweet, fragrant aroma at the stem end. If it doesn't smell like a peach, it's probably not ripe.
- Feel: Hold the peach and press gently using your fingers. A ripe peach will have a slight give, indicating softness. It should not feel rock hard but also shouldn't be overly mushy. A mushy feel indicates over-ripeness.
- Skin Texture: While a smooth skin isn't a definitive sign of ripeness, excessively wrinkled skin can sometimes mean a peach has begun to dry out inside.
- Avoid Blemishes: Try to pick peaches free from dark spots, bruises, or other blemishes. Minor imperfections can be okay, but deep bruises or cuts can lead to mold or faster spoilage.
- Fuzz: While the fuzz on a peach doesn't directly indicate ripeness, a nice velvety texture can be a sign of a good, fresh peach.
- Shape: A well-defined crease and a rounded shape usually indicate a juicy peach.
- Ripening At Home: If you end up with peaches that aren't fully ripe, place them in a paper bag at room temperature. This will trap the ethylene gas produced by the peaches, speeding up the ripening process. Check daily until they reach the desired ripeness.
- Storing Ripe Peaches: Once your peaches are ripe, they should be consumed soon to enjoy their peak flavor. If you can't eat them right away, store them in the refrigerator to slow down further ripening. But remember, they are best enjoyed at room temperature!
- Buying In-Season: Peaches are at their best when purchased in season, which is typically from late spring to early fall in many regions.
Other Easy Fall Recipes
Along with my cinnamon baked peaches with brown sugar, I've got a whole bunch of other easy fall desserts to add to your must-try list.
Here are a few:
Baked Peaches with Cinnamon Toast Crunch Topping
- 2 large peaches ripe, halved
- 1.5 tablespoon butter divided into four pieces
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- ½ cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch crushed
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Cut your peaches in half. Place the peach halves cut-side up in a baking dish
- Combine the cinnamon, brown sugar, and pinch of nutmeg in a small bowl and mix. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the peach halves. Place a piece of the butter in the center of each pitted peach half.
- Transfer the baking dish to your preheated oven on the middle rack and bake the peaches for about 10-15 minutes* or until they're tender and the sugar has caramelized.
- Crush the cereal into small bits and pieces. Once out of the oven, sprinkle the crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal over the top of each peach half or add the cereal topping once you've added some ice cream, yogurt, or whipped cream to the peaches.
The good news is there are still a few weeks of summer left and plenty of time to make baked peaches for yourself! Please report back and let me know what you think once you give these a try!
Until next time,