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Delaware Peach Crisp

This recipe is one of our most popular desserts. It was created by John, who is a chef, and a friend when we opened the inn in 1967, The inn was named for the uniforms worn by Colonel John Haslet and his troops. They marched from Dover's Green to join General George Washington in the War from Independence in 1776.—Marie Nemphos, King of Prussia, Delaware
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 can (29 ounces) sliced peaches
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  • Drain peaches, reserving the syrup in a saucepan; set peaches aside. Stir brown sugar, cornstarch, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg into the peach syrup until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add lemon juice, raisins, pecans and reserved peaches. Pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish.
  • For topping, combine flour, sugar and butter. Sprinkle over peach mixture. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Serve with ice cream if desired.

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  • NanZim
    Oct 28, 2015

    I used peaches from our trees for this tasty peach crisp dessert. My husband rated it very good.

  • nilouve
    May 22, 2013

    I have been making this recipe for years, always good.

  • glitterchatter
    Feb 21, 2013

    Because I too found this to be "soupy" the first time I served it, I made the following changes...*2 cans (29 oz.) sliced peaches instead of one*the liquid of ONE can only (about 1 1/2 C.)*only 3/4 C. packed brown sugar*1/4 C.+ dried cranberries (For us, the flavor and color of cranberries was better than the raisins.)*needed a slightly larger baking pan, so nothing would bubble over*baked for 45 min till browned and crispy-looking on top.The "crisp" will be more dumpling-like, which is a bit unusual for a fruit crisp recipe, but it still gets very high marks from guests. It is very sweet and tart--fabulous with vanilla ice cream.This recipe came from Taste of Home's "I'd Like That Restaurant Recipe" feature they used to run with each issue. It's easy to understand why it was requested and why it was a favorite with customers at The Blue Coat Inn in Dover, Delaware.

  • daisylady3
    Jul 10, 2011

    I've made this twice now, the first time I made it just like the recipe, but it was more like a soup, for lack of a better word. The topping was just little pieces here and there so it was very rich and soupy. I made it again today because I liked the taste, but this time instead of making the topping I made a white cake mix, poured it on top of the peach mixture and baked it, kind of like a upside down cake. It was delicious! My husband and I both liked this version much better, it was good without being too rich like the original was. You will need to put it in a larger dish though, I used a 9 x 13 x 2 which was just right.