White Peach Crisp with a Brown Butter Walnut Crumble

Filling: 
4-5 peaches, pitted and sliced  
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 vanilla bean, scraped 
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Juice form 1/2 lemon (about 1 tablespoon lemon juice) 

Topping: 
6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and diced, DIVIDED 
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. To a large bowl, add the the peaches, brown sugar, corn starch, vanilla bean caviar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and lemon juice; toss all of the ingredients together until the peaches are thoroughly coated. Pour the peach filling into a 11 x 8 baking dish and set aside. 

2. For the topping, start by making the brown butter. Add 2 ounces butter (1/2 stick) and place it in a saucepan and cook for 2-3 minutes, until butter has bubbled, crackled and turned a very, VERY dark - near black - hue. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, combine the cold butter, flour, walnuts, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Rub the mixture with your hands until the butter is broken up into bits, resembling the size of peas. Pour in the cooled brown butter and mix until thoroughly distributed. Sprinkle the topping mixture atop the filling mixture. Transfer the baking dish to the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is a light golden brown and the juices from the peaches are bubbling. Serve warm or room temperature; and definitely with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.  

Serves 6-8
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