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This Southern-style peach crisp is the perfect blend of sweet and sour

Chef Belinda Smith-Sullivan's book "Southern Sugar" is filled with over 100 recipes made with love. #newdaynw

Southern cooking is all about tradition, family, and cozy afternoons on the porch. "Southern Sugar" is a delicious cookbook by Chef Belinda Smith Sullivan that will teach you how to make Southern-style desserts with your whole heart. She joined New Day NW to share one of over 100 recipes featured in the cookbook: a peach crisp!

Peach Crisp Recipe

By Chef Belinda Smith-Sullivan 

Serves 8



  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour, can also sub gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw brand works well)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped


  • 6 to 8 peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ lemon, juiced


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spray a deep 9-inch pie dish with nonstick spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and butter.
  4. Using clean hands, rub together ingredients until mixture sticks together in small clumps. Toss in pecans and thoroughly incorporate. (You can also use a food processor)
  5. Arrange peaches in prepared dish.
  6. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl and pour over peaches.
  7. Sprinkle with lemon juice and toss thoroughly.
  8. Spread the topping evenly over the fruit.
  9. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown and juices are bubbling up through the topping.
  10. Serve warm or room temperature.


There is a little bit of “Southerner” in all of us! You don’t have to be from the South to embrace the food — especially the sweets. There is just something about Southern treats that appeal to the hearts, souls, and stomachs of everyone! Just think of decadent, sweet delights filled with lots of sugar, butter, nuts, and fruit, or dripping with chocolate, caramel, whipped cream, and yes, even bourbon! Let "Southern Sugar" transport you back to your “Southern” roots by reintroducing you to some of the favorites that you may have forgotten and fresh takes on Southern classics. From modest afternoon Tea Cakes and Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies to “can’t push back from the table” Coconut Sweet Potato Pie and Mississippi Mud Cake. With 100 satisfying recipes, the cookbook is divided up into chapters that focus on cakes, pound cakes, cheesecakes, pies, ice creams, candies, cookies and brownies, and cocktails and mocktails.

Segment Producer Suzie Wiley. Watch New Day Northwest 11 AM weekdays on KING 5 and streaming live on KING5.com. Contact New Day.