Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sweet Summer Peaches

There is a bowl of peaches sitting on my kitchen counter and every time I pass by it I get a whiff of the most delicious smell of summer! Fresh peaches eaten out of hand with juice drooling down your arm or fresh peaches dressed up for dinner are both a special treat and best eaten in the warm summer months. However, every summer I freeze enough peaches for a cobbler or two in the cold winter time ( usually my birthday treat in January! ). While they are abundant and deliciously ripe, try one of these yummy recipes. 

Peach Cobbler
4 cups fresh ripe peaches, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter (REAL butter, unsalted)
1 cup self-rising flour (or 1 cup all-purpose + 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon salt)
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine peaches and 1 cup sugar in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils. Remove from heat. Set aside.

Place butter in 2-quart baking dish. Place in oven and heat until butter melts. While butter melts, combine flour,sugar, milk,lemon juice, and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl. Stir just to combine. Pour mixture over melted butter. Pour peach mixture over batter. Bake for 40 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream!!

Peach Puffs
1 large or 2 medium peaches, peeled and sliced
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed according to pkg. directions
 1/4 cup King Arthur Almond Schmear
Vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

Combine peaches, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside. Cut thawed puff pastry into 6 rectangles. Place rectangles on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread each rectangle with Almond Schmear. Top with peach slices. Bake for 20 minutes or until peaches are tender and pastry is lightly browned. Serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream.

If you're really ambitious, try making the pastry yourself. Here is the link to the recipe from King Arthur Flour. You can count on them for excellent products and dependable recipes.

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