Brown Sugar Peach Crumble Pie

Homemade peach crumble pie features a buttery, flaky crust and a fresh, tender peach filling. Topped with a cinnamon spiced brown sugar crumble, you’ll love the flavor and texture of each bite! Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate summertime indulgence. 

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Eating homemade peach crumble pie is most certainly an experience to savor this summer. The filling is sturdy with plenty of juicy peach chunks throughout. The crumble keeps its shape, while some of its butter melts down creating an even richer peach pie filling. If you enjoy my apple crumble pie, you’re in for a real treat today!

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3 Parts to Peach Crumble Pie

  1. Pie Crust: We use my favorite homemade pie crust as the base of today’s peach crumble pie. It’s made with a mixture of butter and shortening for ultra flaky layers and bakes up nice and golden brown. You only need half of this crust recipe, so freeze the other pie disc for later or make 2 crumble pies! (Try my all butter pie crust for another option).
  2. Peach Filling: After 4 test pies, I landed on the perfect peach pie filling– one that yields tender and delicate (not mushy) peaches with a wonderful balance of sweetness. To the peaches we add flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Brown sugar and peaches are meant to be; this flavor pairing makes this peach pie better than any I’ve tasted recently. There isn’t too much brown sugar because peaches are naturally sweet. Cinnamon is an obvious must, lemon juice adds brightness, and flour thickens everything up. If you’d like to use instant tapioca in place of flour, see my note below the full recipe.
  3. Crumble Topping: For our peach crumble pie, we need a crumble topping! Made with only 5 ingredients, it comes together quickly and easily. I wanted the brown sugar and cinnamon flavors to shine in this pie, so we use both in the crumble topping.

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Overview: How to Make Peach Crumble Pie

  1. Make the pie crust. The pie crust needs to chill for at least 2 hours (and up to 5 days), so you could make the crust a few days in advance.
  2. Make the filling. Peel and cut the peaches into chunks. Combine the peach chunks, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon together.
  3. Roll out the pie dough. Roll out one disc of chilled pie dough until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Gently place the dough into a 9×2 inch pie dish.
  4. Fill the pie. Spoon the peach filling into the crust. Make sure to leave any excess liquid behind in the bowl– we don’t want that in our pie. Trim off any excess dough, then flute the edges.
  5. Make the crumble topping. Combine all of the ingredients together– it will be pretty thick and crumbly. Sprinkle this mixture over the peach filling.
  6. Bake. Bake for about 50-55 minutes total, until peach juices are bubbling on the sides and the top is lightly browned. After the first 20 minutes of bake time, I like to place a pie crust shield on top of the pie to prevent the edges from browning too quickly.
  7. Cool & serve. Let the pie cool for at least 3 hours before serving. This time allows the filling to thicken up– I actually place it in the refrigerator during this time so the filling is super sturdy.

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The Best Peaches to Use for Peach Pie

Fresh peaches are best for peach pie, though you can get away with unsweetened frozen peaches. If using frozen peaches, thaw, chop, and blot them dry before using. Canned peaches are not ideal as they’re already too soft and mushy.

The best fresh peaches for peach pie are slightly firm (not hard) with zero bruises or soft spots. Your best bet is to purchase or pick about 9-10 firm peaches, then let them sit in a paper bag for 1-2 days to ripen. Some may have soft spots after this time, so that is why I suggest buying a couple more than you will actually need. Eat the others or add them to a smoothie.

My tip for cutting peaches: Cut the peaches into chunks, not slices. Slices bake into mush, while chunks keep their delicious soft texture. We want delicious soft texture!

peach crumble pie before baking

Peach Crumble Pie Topping

What I love most about this crumble topping (besides the incredible taste) is that it keeps its shape for perfect slices. It’s buttery, sweetened with brown sugar, and cinnamon-spiced. I added some walnuts for extra crunch and texture, but you can leave the nuts out or use chopped pecans instead– toast them for even more flavor. Serve each slice with ice cream, a drizzle of salted caramel, or homemade whipped cream!

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Brown Sugar Peach Crumble Pie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 hours
  • Yield: 1 9-inch pie
  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

With brown sugar and cinnamon, this peach crumble pie is my favorite. The filling holds its shape and the crust is buttery and flaky!


Ingredients

  • Homemade pie crust (recipe makes 2 crusts; you can halve the crust recipe or freeze the 2nd half)
  • 78 medium peaches, slightly firm (about 7 cups of peach chunks)
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (62g) all-purpose flour OR 1/4 cup instant tapioca*
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Crumble

  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (94g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/3 (75g) cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • optional: 1/2 cup (63g) chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. The crust: Prepare my pie crust recipe through step 5.
  2. Make the filling: Peel the peaches then cut into 1-2 inch chunks. You’ll need 7 cups. In a large bowl, stir the peach chunks, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon together until thoroughly combined. Set filling aside as the oven preheats.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).
  4. Roll out the chilled pie dough: On a floured work surface, roll out one of the discs of chilled dough (if you made the entire pie dough recipe– you can freeze the other half of the dough at this time). Turn the dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9×2 inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. Spoon the peach filling into the crust, leaving any liquid behind in the bowl– don’t want all that in the pie. Use a small paring knife to trim excess dough off the edges. Flute the edges.
  5. Make the crumble topping: In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Stir in the butter and walnuts. The crumble topping will be thick and crumbly. Sprinkle over peaches.
  6. Place the pie onto a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Keeping the pie in the oven, turn the temperature down to 375°F (190°C) and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes or until peach juices are bubbling on the sides and the top is lightly browned. After the first 20 minutes of bake time, I place a pie crust shield on top of the pie to prevent the edges from browning too quickly.
  7. Allow the pie to cool for 3 full hours at room temperature before serving. This time allows the filling to thicken up; I actually place it in the refrigerator during this time so the filling is super sturdy. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired. Cover pie leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Wonderful pie for making ahead! The pie crust dough can also be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Baked pie freezes well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving. Prepared filling can be frozen up to 3 months, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.
  2. Tapioca: To thicken the filling, you can use 1/4 cup of instant tapioca instead of all-purpose flour. Instant tapioca can be found in the baking aisle. Since I know it may not be convenient for everyone, 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour works just as well.

Keywords: peach crumble pie, peach crumble

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  1. I made this pie for thanksgiving this year and used frozen peaches. I thawed and drained them – then I marinated them in peach whisky over night. (I used a small shot bottle – didn’t drain off juice afterwards) otherwise made the pie as directed. It turned out amazing!! It sliced up beautifully and wasn’t the usual runny messy a fruit pie can be. It’s visually beautiful and taste great. Highly recommend!

    1. Im going to have to try it with peach whisky! Sounds delish!

      1. Sally – I recently made your pie and it was, in a word, WONDERFUL! I’m just wondering if the crust can be par-baked before filling it. My crust was a bit, not really soggy, but not crispy on the bottom.

      2. Hi Mary, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! You can certainly blind bake the crust – here is a blog post I wrote with exact instructions: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/how-to-blind-bake-pie-crust/

    2. Addrianna Stephens says:

      Did you use Old Camp …Peach Pecan Whiskey..?? How much Alchol did you use..??
      I am going to add some toasted pecans soaked in Peach Pecan Whiskey to my filling and crust and add. Some to the egg wash to brush the crust in the oven…
      I just tried this Peach Pecan Whiskey by Old Camp in a Lipton Peach Tea.2 parts tea to 1 shot of Peach Pecan Whiskey..Real.Smooth…

    3. Jerilyn Colburn says:

      That sounds great might have to try using [each whiskey!

    4. Sounds delicious! I recently made it without the whiskey. Came out great. But the peach whiskey or maybe peach schnapps would only add to the yummy-ness!!!!!

      1. Peach Schnapps was what I originally wanted to use, but couldn’t find it in a small shot bottle. And I agree with you, I think that it would really add to the yumminess that this pie is! 🙂

  2. Bravo for not giving up !:) thank you so much for sharing the recipe ! There’s not many good peach pie recipes out there. I can’t wait to try it :))

  3. One problem you run into with fruit pies, such as in this recipe, is a raw or soggy bottom crust. Here’s how I solved that problem. First, you need to use a metal pie plate – not glass as shown above. You’ll see why in a moment. The second thing you need is a 10″ cast iron skillet. You’ll see why in a moment. While you’re rolling out the pie dough and assembling the pie, put the skillet in the lower third of the oven and turn the oven up to 450* F . When you’re ready to bake the pie, take the preheated skillet out of the oven, set it on a cooling rack, and carefully slip the pie into the pan. Put the pie back into the oven and turn the temperature down to 400* F and bake until golden. As I said, don’t chance this with a glass pie plate. You could use a 9″ skillet, but it’s easier getting the pie into and out of a larger one. Several things are happening here. First, the hot skillet acts like a baking stone, quickly setting the bottom crust. Secondly, the handle on the skillet makes it easy to get the pie into and out of the oven without damaging the fluted edge of the crust, and also allows you to easily rotate the pie in the oven for even baking. Oh, and if you have the inevitable spillover, it ends up in the skillet – not in your oven!

    1. I just brush the whole surface of crust with beaten egg and it’s never soggy.

    2. What a great tip about the cast iron! Will try that next time.

  4. Hi Sally-
    Not sure if you’ll have a chance to reply within the next few days… but I just figured I would ask—
    Does this pie taste better if made one day ahead? THinking of makingjt for Father’s Day on Sunday. Please let me know if you have a chance. Thanks!

    -Jen

    1. Hi Jen! The pie is wonderful on the same day or made 1 day ahead. I’ve served it both ways and everyone loved it both days. Do what’s most convenient!

      1. Thank you so much!

      2. Hi Sally-
        Thank you so much for sharing your recipies and insight! I did make this on Father’s Day and it was yummy… family loved it.
        I thought I just *had* to report back to tell you— my 7 year old daughter saw the pie right before it went into the oven and asked me … “what is that? Is that it ground beef !??!” (Hahah!) (she did not read your blog and she also hasn’t watched friends… but I thought it was hilarious!)

  5. My mouth is watering reading this recipe. I am definitely going to make this pie and will report results back shortly!

  6. I used store bought crust for the bottom but my husband and I thought this was probably the best pie we have ever had. Used fresh peaches off the Peach Truck.

  7. I’m a new baker, so I haven’t tried homemade pie crust yet (as far as I know) but I have tried store bought and I don’t usually love crust. Could I make this with a graham cracker crust or would that be too strange and not recommended? I love everything super sweet so I imagine I’d love it.

    1. Hi Liz! A graham cracker crust will likely become a little too soggy from the peach juices. I recommend traditional pie crust. Though homemade pie dough is excellent, store-bought pie crust works too!

  8. Made this pie yesterday. First time making a homemade pie. It is SO good! The crumbs/peach combo is perfect. Used your pie crust recipe too and it turned out nice and flaky. Would definitely make again! Thank you!

    1. Sarah, I’m so happy that you tried your first pie!! I have made more than I can count and every time one comes out of the oven there is still such a sense of accomplishment 🙂

  9. This is an amazing recipe! I made this yesterday exactly as Sally instructs and it’s perfection! The crust is wonderful and with peaches being in season, so flavorful and juicy! I did make a bit more crumble b/c I am a crumble addict and it’s so so good! I will definitely make again and again! Thank you for all of your amazing recipes Sally! You’re the best!!!!

  10. Hi Sally
    I made your Peach Crumble pie.
    I followed your directions exactly, and it turned out just perfect! It’s the best peach pie I ever made.
    Thanks so much.

  11. I made this pie yesterday. I loved the flavor of both the peach layer and the crumble (which boyfriend said looked like ground beef), but my crust was soggy and when trying to cut slices, the bottom crust just kind of mushed into the peach layer. It was even worse today after being refrigerated.

    I used a glass dish; would you recommend a ceramic or metal dish instead next time?

    1. Hi Jill! I usually prefer glass or ceramic. You know what would help? Try blind baking the crust for 15 minutes.

  12. Wanted a quickie so I made this with pre-made frozen pie crust and added dash of salt and slivered almonds to the crumble – fast and DELICIOUS!!!

  13. Can I make the filling and topping as a peach crumble with no bottom crust? My kids just don’t like pies.

    1. Yes, that would work! Enjoy!

  14. Thanks for a great recipe….I made it, did not peel the peaches, and used the tapioca – and it turned out great. Delicious – cooled it in the refrigerator and it held the pie shape. I drizzled caramel ice cream topping on the dessert plates, put the pie on top, and then topped with whipped cream as I did not have ice cream. It was a HUGE hit! Thanks again !

  15. hi Sally. I liked the idea of useing the crumble topping. It reminded me of a topping i use on apple pie but also could work on other pies. I crush up cinnamin crunch cereal i get in the bags at walmart by putting some in a gallin ziplock baggy then crushing with a rolling pun. It needs to be real fine. Then add cinnamin and brown sugar and mix then add butter and mix untill crumbly. Then sprinkle of pie. I tried the more expensive boxed cinnamin crunch and it wouldnt crush up as fine as it needed to. Let me know if you try it and tell me what you think. Good or bad. I dont measure anything.

  16. Kate Troutman says:

    I’ve made a ton of your recipes (my family adores you btw), but this pie has hands down gotten the most rave reviews. I made it (crust and all) for Labor Day, and my cousin needed “a moment” when he discovered pecans in the crumble. I’ve subsequently forwarded the recipe to his wife I’ve also dubbed this pie the “Humble Crumble” and can’t wait to make it again

    1. Haha – I can relate! I’ve had my fair share of “moments” for baked goods 🙂 I’m glad this recipe is such a hit with your family!

      1. Hi Sally!
        What’s your opinion on turning this pie into a galette? (skipping the crumble and just folding the crust over top)

      2. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

        Hi Amanda, You can definitely use this for a galette although you will likely have a bit too much filling. You can change up the fillings in any of these: strawberry peach galette, berry galette with buttermilk crust, or even mini galettes.

  17. Hello! I have to start by saying I absolutely love your recipes. I usually skip straight to the recipes when I’m baking, but your posts have so much helpful information in them that I read them all the way through. I’ve applied so many of your tips in other recipes. Thank you!

    I’m in a bit of a pickle. My sister-in-law requested a peach crumble pie for Thanksgiving this year. I know that it’s not peach season, and I’m concerned that I won’t be able to find perfect fresh peaches (even to freeze) in the right window to make this pie. I know fresh peaches would be best, but do you have any tips if I have to resort to canned peaches?

    1. Hi Kayla! Thank you so so much for baking my recipes and trusting my site as a source for your baking. 🙂 For canned peaches, what about a peach crisp? Canned peaches would, unfortunately, create a super soggy bottom crust. So my suggestion is to skip the bottom crust, swap fresh for canned + drained peaches, reduce the flour and brown sugar in the filling to 1/4 cup each, and follow the rest of the recipe. Let me know how it turns out!

  18. Hi Sally.
    I have a question, however I don’t know if you’ll be able to answer it in time for Thanksgiving, Can I use canned peaches? I know it’s not the best but wanted to know if it’s an option. Thank you in advance I absolutely Love your recipes❤️

    Best Regards,
    Senia

    1. Hi Senia! I’m happy to help and I actually just helped another reader with this same question. For canned peaches, what about a peach crisp? Canned peaches would, unfortunately, create a super soggy bottom crust. So my suggestion is to skip the bottom crust, swap fresh for canned + drained peaches, reduce the flour and brown sugar in the filling to 1/4 cup each, and follow the rest of the recipe. Let me know how it turns out!

  19. Just pulled the pie out of the oven can’t wait to slice into it

  20. Ashley West says:

    Hi!! Can I make the filling one day ahead and bake 24 hours later? Or would time in the fridge make the peach chunks go mushy? Thanks! Can’t wait to make this!!!

    1. Hi Ashley! You can prep and refrigerate the filling overnight. If it’s extra juicy, strain some of the juice out before filling the crust.

  21. This was a perfect desert to eat while watching fireworks! Every year we crave peach pie around the 4th of July but the store-bought pies aren’t good. We made your recipe this year and it IS divine! So many chunky peaches that are cooked but not overcooked and the bottom crust wasn’t soggy. We baked it in a metal pan. This pie is perfectly balanced in terms of peaches, spice, sweetness and thickeners. We used flour in the filling, pecans in the crumble and light brown sugar in both filling & crumble. Wow- So yummy! The only change I made was to add a sprinkle of freshly ground nutmeg over the filling before adding the crumble. we couldn’t wait 3 hours to eat it. we cut it about 2 hours after it came out of the oven while it was still warm. The filling held it’s shape well enough to plate with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream. thanks, Sally for the recipe. It will be our go-to 4th of July Peach Pie!

  22. Katie Patterson says:

    Hi Sally,

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I’m hoping to make this for a friend’s birthday and I was wondering if I could halve the recipe and make it in a 8×8 square pan? What do you think?

    Best,
    Kt

    1. Hi Katie! Yes, halving the recipe should be a nice fit in an 8×8 square baking pan. It will be a thinner square pie and require a shorter bake time.

  23. Thank you Sally, this pie was easy and delicious! Going to make it again next weekend! Will be another summer favorite, together with your raspberry crumb cake 🙂

  24. This pie was delicious! I did blind bake the crust and it was still a little soggy, but otherwise it was amazing!

  25. Denise Brennan says:

    Will try your recipe today as I have a tree-full of peaches! A pie-expert friend of mine, Kate McDermott of “Art of The Pie” suggests putting potentially juicy pies on a pizza stone well preheated in the oven, so I’ll do that also!

    1. I hope you love the recipe, Denise! And if Kate McDermott gave that tip then I have to try it also!!

  26. I tried 1/4 C + 1 Tbl tapioca flour for 5 large peaches and it wasn’t quite thick enough

  27. This pie is easy and super yummy! I have made it twice now. It’s a huge hit with my family!!

  28. Thank you Sally for the par-bake info. I can’t tell you how much my family enjoys your pie!
    Thank you Andrea for your comment. Ps. I did put a time bit of peach schnapps in the pie I made today.

  29. Omg. Just perfect. The lemon juice gave just a little tartness. I didn’t make the crust from scratch but used refrigerated dough. It was flaky and yummy. The filling and crumble were amazing.

  30. I’ve made this pie summer for 3 years. Amazing! I did have some issues with the pie being runny and I attribute that to extra juicy, local, fresh peaches. I’ve upped the flour from 1/2 cup to 3/4 and it came out perfect. So many amazing recipes from this site!

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