This weekend's forecast promised the slightest of cold fronts, meaning that highs would be in the low 90s rather than triple digits. Taking advantage of this relative coolness, today we went out to Fredericksburg to look at flowers, sample and buy jams, and most importantly, get some peaches.
I don't know if the idea of 'Fredericksburg Peaches' is a thing outside of Texas, but around here, once the season starts, stands begin popping up along the side of the road touting fresh, juicy peaches from that little town in the hill country. Whether or not all of those stands are practicing truth in advertising I can't be sure, but it's not too far a drive to go out there ourselves.
So now we have a box full of fresh peaches just begging to be eaten, plus a slightly smaller box of bargain peaches that I've already diced for baking/cooking possibilities. All of those possibilities are what's inspiring me today.
Do you realize how easy it is to make jam? Maybe it's not what a purist would call a true preserve, but with this microwave recipe from Good Housekeeping, you can make a chunky spread in less than half an hour with peaches and just a few kitchen staples. And it's infinitely adaptable, mix and match fruits and flavors to your heart's content. I've actually already made some jam this afternoon out of some of today's haul, plus some frozen cranberries. You might see them in a later post as part of a baked good. Perhaps a thumbprint cookie?
Another super-simple peach dish is Roasted Peaches. Because what can really go wrong when you add brown sugar and butter to anything? No a whole heck of a lot. And a scoop of ice cream melting into the hot sugary peach...yum.
But I also like the idea of doing something a little more complicated. Perhaps Joy the Baker's Peach Cobbler Scones? I like that they take a really homey dessert that's generally served family-style and turns it into something individual that would be really easy to bring into the office. Then there's Peach Upside-Down Cake. I love the magical moment when you turn upside-down cakes over. I also love this totally non-traditional idea of making Peach Flan. That would probably be a dessert that stays at home rather than going to klatch, but sometimes you just have to be selfish.
Do you have any favorite peach recipes? Or is there any particular produce in your area that you look forward to coming in season?
As always, thanks to Woolen Diversions for creating this blog series!