This modified Alton Brown recipe (adapted from one on the Food Network site, using fresh peaches) is a crumble at heart, with oats, brown sugar, flour, and butter. Mixing the topping with the peaches and simmering gently in the slow cooker, rather than baking, yields something rustic and relaxed, with an almost caramelized complexity. In a different era, this could have had a romanticized life on a ranch, simmered in a Dutch oven over a campfire, a special treat after a long day’s work. Serve with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Game plan: You can substitute nectarines for the peaches in this recipe.