Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Peachy Keen

I am keen on lovely, ripe peaches in the summertime.  Unfortunately, though, they can be a little "iffy": sometimes they're dry and mealy, sometimes they're nice and juicy.  I have found that the larger peaches tend to be consistently better than the smaller ones.  Maybe it's the variety?  In any event, look for peaches that yield to gentle pressure and that smell peachy.  The color is not necessarily a good indicator of ripeness, but I look for peaches that have creamy yellow undertones.

I bought six nice, big specimens and decided to make a peach crumble.  This is a great recipe that can also be made with apples, if you prefer.  The recipe came from my cousin, who happens to be a professional chef.

Peachy Oat Crumble
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3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup quick oats
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
6 Tbsp. salted butter, chilled and cut into pieces

6 large, ripe peaches or apples, peeled and sliced medium thick
lemon juice to prevent browning

Combine all syrup ingredients except for vanilla in a medium saucepan and cook over medium high heat until thick, whisking frequently.  This will take 5-10 minutes.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Stir to combine and set aside to cool.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and immerse the peaches in the boiling water for about 2 minutes.  Remove to a large bowl of ice water

and then peel the skin off.

Slice and pit the peaches, sprinkle with lemon juice, and refrigerate until needed.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the crumble ingredients, cutting in the butter as for pie crust.

Grease a 9x9 inch square cake pan and press about three-quarters of the crumble mixture in the bottom of the pan.

Bake for 7 minutes, then remove from the oven and top with the reserved peaches.  Pour the syrup mixture evenly over the peaches, then sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture over top.  (I initially forgot the syrup and had done half of the topping before I realized it--no problem, though!)

Bake for an additional 40-45 minutes or until golden brown, crisp, and bubbly.  Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes so that juices can thicken.

Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

Peaches and (ice) cream


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Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

How delicious looking! I love fresh peaches and your dessert sounds fantastsic!

Ali said...

Yummy! Fresh peach cobbler is the best, especially with some vanilla ice cream ;) If you'd like, I wanted to invite you over to share your best recipes at my new link party, Recipe Sharing Monday. I'd love for you to join in the fun :o)

laurie said...

Saw this over on cast party wed and thought it looked so good! I'm a new follower!

Debra Daniels-Zeller said...

I am really hungry for peaches now; the really good ones are about three weeks away in Seattle. Your pictures are great, very inviting.

Miranda said...

I've got tons of peaches that I need to get rid of asap. Thanks for the tip on peeling them too! Mangoes and Chutney's Fat Camp Friday is now open Friday at midnight (EST)! I would love if you stopped by and linked up this recipe!

sheryl said...

Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
I hope to see you there!