I had huge plans for this summer’s peaches. (They were exceptionally delicious this year, weren’t they?) This was the year I was going to try canning. But things didn’t really go as planned. As a result, I had 3 litres of peaches to use up…quickly. Which is how this Vegan Peach Ginger Crisp came to be.
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Canning is something I’ve always wanted to try. (Have you ever tried it? Do you enjoy it?) Who wouldn’t want to have jars and jars of sweet summer peaches to enjoy in February? The closest I’ve come to canning is with my Easy Refrigerator Pickled Peaches Recipe. But those peaches only last a few weeks…and that’s pickling, not canning. The canned stuff? It lasts months! Even years!
So off I went to get myself ready to become a master canner.
I bought three baskets of peaches (3L in total), I went out and bought a big canning pot, the jars, and all the accessories I needed. I was all set. I even had a copy of the Batch technique and recipe book (excellent book if you are thinking of getting into canning, preserving, dehydrating, or fermenting, btw! I highly recommend it!)
The big day came and I started out by reading the directions that came along with the pot. Apparently, canning CANNOT be done on a ceramic top stove for a few reasons. The weight of the water and jars may break the surface and the way a ceramic stove cycles its heat may not seal the jars properly. Ugh. Off to the returns counter.
So my big dreams of canning peaches this year came to a crashing end. There are ways to work around it but I didn’t have time, I had a large amount of peaches that needed to be used before they went bad. So, we ate a lot of peaches (no complaints) I made a few of my peach recipes (also, no complaints) and I came up with this gluten-free and Vegan Peach Ginger Crisp recipe (definitely no complaints!)
I’ve made peach crisps before but for this particular Vegan Peach Ginger Crisp, I spiced it up a bit by adding some ground ginger. This is such a nice dessert to serve in the summer and it’s sweet…but not too sweet. Just the way I like it. You can serve it plain, with a scoop of ice cream, or topped with coconut whip. Whichever way you go, you can’t go wrong.
I chose to use ground ginger in this recipe, but I bet this would be even more amazing with freshly grated ginger. I’m going to play around with that idea next peach season. And maybe when that time rolls around, I will have figured out a way around the great canning fiasco of summer 2016 🙂