This Peach Slump with Maple Caramel Sauce is my seasons-change-without-my-permission compromise. I refuse to let peach season go, but this Maple Caramel Sauce has me ready to break out my boots and start planning my Halloween costume.
Guys, I am just giddy about this dessert. It’s got a funky name, and it doesn’t look pretty, but dang if it isn’t good.
Contrary to popular belief, slump isn’t just what you do when you realize it’s 8 PM on a Sunday night and you have to go to work in the morning. Slump also happens to be an old fashioned, rustic fruit dessert that’s similar to a cobbler, but is cooked entirely on the stove top. Unlike a cobbler where the biscuity top develops a brown crust, the dough on this slump is steamed in the pan leaving it fluffy and soft. The result is a dessert that feels like a cross between cobbler and bread pudding.
Before I go into more details, let me explain how this peach slump came to be. My neighbors gather each week for a casual hang out we call Wednesdays on the Porch. We each take turns hosting, and we spend the long summer nights hanging out on each other’s porches (or decks), and enjoying appetizers and drinks.
One Wednesday, my neighbor mentioned he had a peach tree in his backyard and a five gallon bucket full of what he called “ugly peaches.” Of course, my ears perked up. He offered to let me have some, but apologized for their somewhat beat up condition. It was nearly dark when we made it to his backyard, so I didn’t really catch sight of the peaches as I tumbled them into a plastic bag to take home. The next day, I was pleased as, well, a peach to find these speckled beauties.
They needed a good cleaning and a few bad spots removed, but otherwise they were perfect. And ridiculously juicy. And destined for slump.
I am over the moon for this peach slump. It’s partly because this recipe is truly an example of neighbor food. It’s also partly because it’s the ideal mash up of summer and fall, a delightful collision of juicy fresh peaches and Autumn-laced maple sauce.
But the real reason I’m ga-ga for this stuff is because of the maple caramel sauce.I purposely reduced the sugar in this peach slump recipe to make room for the sweet maple caramel sauce. While the slump can stand on its own (and could most assuredly be eaten for breakfast), the maple caramel sauce really elevates it to a different level.
This sauce is ridiculously easy to make, and it’ll make you long for chilly fall mornings and fleece blankets. Maple caramel is the Watson to peach slump’s Sherlock, the Robin to its Batman. And while it’s absolutely what completes this dessert, it also managed to sneak its way into my coffee, my oatmeal, and my pancakes. It’s got a way about it, that’s for sure.
The Mr. and I tried to split a bowl of the stuff, but ended up deciding we each needed our own. Some desserts are just too good to share.
While summer’s still lingering, grab yourself some ugly peaches (I suppose pretty ones will do too), and make yourself a good old fashioned slump. I can’t think of a better way to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall.
Peach Slump With Maple Caramel Sauce
- 4 cups sliced peaches
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch cardamom (optional)
For the dough:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 Tablespoons butter, cut into small squares
- 1 cup buttermilk
For the maple caramel:
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
Recipe adapted from The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion
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What a kick ass neighbour! Although, if I found out one of my neighbours had a peach tree, I’d be putting my balaclava on and sneaking over there in the dead of night to help myself, if you know what I’m sayin’. I love the Wednesday night tradition you have with your neighbours! It’s not all gun fights in your hood. And girl, don’t slag the looks of this slump – it’s beautiful! Especially with the ice cream ‘n maple caramel drizzle on top. Nice work on the GIF. These photos are gorgeous and I’m gaga over the styling.
Yeah, see? We’re not all just shootin guns around here! 😉 And ice cream makes anything look good. It’s my secret weapon.
WAY too good to share! This is the perfect transition, and I could eat that caramel sauce on everything in my life!
We definitely did. It was a-MAY-zing on pancakes.
I think this is just lovely and I want to be your neighbor and hang out on our porches together! So on top of one person on my block having a fig tree, this year someone else had a peach tree that finally decided to give us fruit! You’d think maybe they’d share the love like the fig people but nope. And they totally hacked off the limbs that were over their property line, I was totally going to steal a few that were on the sidewalk until they disappeared one day. Boo!
I would LOVE for you to be my neighbor. Porch hang outs are the best! And yeah, that’s totally a lame neighbor move. I can’t believe they cut off the extra limbs.
You think this isn’t beautiful?! Well, I think it’s gorgeous. And want the biggest bowl possible, ASAP.
It’s the ice cream. Everything looks better with ice cream.
Courtney! Your pictures just keep getting better and better, and now there’s MOTION! Cool. Also I love the blue cups you served this dessert in. Sounds delectable.
Thanks so much! I found these old camping cups and they ended up being perfect. So glad I unearthed them!
Slump it up! I love a good slump! And I love this .gif. Is there a better gif than maple caramel sauce? No, there isn’t. Love!
Ha! i just snort laughed. I think I’m going to have to incorporate “Slump it up” into every conversation possible.