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Spiced Peach, Graham Cracker and Oat Crisp

Spiced Peach, Graham Cracker and Oat Crisp. Illustrates FOOD-NOURISH (category d), by Stephanie Witt Sedgwick, special to The Washington Post. Moved Monday, March 10, 2014. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Sarah L. Voisin)

Spiced Peach, Graham Cracker and Oat Crisp. Illustrates FOOD-NOURISH (category d), by Stephanie Witt Sedgwick, special to The Washington Post. Moved Monday, March 10, 2014. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Sarah L. Voisin)

Warm fruit desserts are a perfect way to end a meal or dress up a weekend breakfast. Here, a classic peach crisp is spiced like a gingerbread cookie. To really indulge, serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Spiced Peach, Graham Cracker and Oat Crisp

For the fruit

1⁄3 cup packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger

1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves

1⁄4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

2 pounds frozen peaches, cut into 3⁄4-inch chunks

1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping

1⁄4 cup quick-cooking or regular rolled oats (not instant)

1⁄2 cup finely crushed graham cracker crumbs

1⁄3 cup packed light brown sugar

1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger

1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves

1⁄4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter

For the fruit: Whisk together the brown sugar, cornstarch, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in a mixing bowl. Add the peach chunks and vanilla extract; toss to evenly distribute. Let the mixture rest for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the topping: Combine the oats, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in a separate bowl. Add the butter and use your fingers to thoroughly work it into the dry ingredients to create a crumbly mixture.

Position an oven rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees. Use cooking oil spray to grease a 9-by-13-inch shallow baking dish or one of equal volume (21⁄2 quarts).

Pour the fruit mixture into the baking dish, distributing the peaches evenly. Scatter the crumb topping over the fruit, covering the surface as much as possible. Bake (on the lower oven rack) for 45 to 50 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling up the sides of the dish and the fruit at the center is tender when pierced with a fork or skewer.

Wait 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 8 servings.

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