peach recipe

Fresh Peach Salsa

Peach Salsa

This salsa makes a great topper for grilled meats or fish. It is also fun to serve with chips. While salsa may traditionally be made with tomatoes, there are other options. The peaches give the salsa a great natural sweetness. It is so colorful.

I used really ripe peaches, which are tough to peel. To help peel them, I placed the peaches in boiling water for a minute.  Then I put them in cold water. Once they were cool enough to handle, they peeled easily.

I used 5 peaches and ended up with almost 2 cups of prepared fruit. You might need more or less, depending on the size of the fruit.

You can make the salsa as spicy as you like. I added a jalapeno pepper and some hot sauce. I tasted the salsa 30 minutes after I made it and added a little more hot sauce.

Fresh Peach Salsa

4-5 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and diced

½ c. minced sweet onion

½ c. minced sweet pepper

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced

2-3 T. chopped fresh cilantro

1t. hot sauce, or to taste

zest and juice from 1 lemon, you could use a lime instead

salt and pepper to taste, don’t be afraid to give this dish a good bit of salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until mixed. Check seasonings. Chill for at least 30 minutes and taste again- you will likely add more seasoning. Serve over grilled meats or with chips.

Peach Cheesecake Squares

Peach Cheesecake Squares

I love peaches and I love cheesecake. Never thought to combine them before. Wow, what a great dessert!! With peaches in season, it seemed like the perfect time to make it.

This recipe was inspired by a post I saw about a place that makes peach cheesecakes. I decided to make a less traditional cheesecake. I used a 9×13 baking dish instead of a springform pan. I also ended up making the cheesecake in layers. Let me explain.

I baked the crust a little, then added the cheesecake layer to bake. I was trying to figure out the best way to add the peaches. I decided to put them on after the cheesecake was baked, so I cooked them while the crust and cheesecake layers were baking. The crumb topping was an afterthought. I wanted some texture and just put that together at the end.

The result was a really good dessert. Enough peaches. Light and rich at the same time. I will most definitely make it again.

So here is the recipe. Enjoy!!!

Peach Cheesecake Squares

Crust

¾ c. butter

1/3 c. brown sugar

1¼ c. flour

1 c. oatmeal, old-fashioned or quick cooking

2 t. cinnamon

¼ t. salt

Cheesecake Layer

2 (8oz.) packages cream cheese, softened

¾ c. sugar

2 T. flour

2 eggs

2 T. vanilla

2 t. cinnamon

Peach Layer

5-6 peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped, about 5 cups prepared fruit

2/3 c. sugar, or a little less

2 T. lemon juice

1 t. cinnamon

4 T. cold water

2 T. cornstarch

Crumble Topping

1½ c. rolled oats

½ c. butter

¼ c. brown sugar

3 T. flour

2 t. cinnamon

Heat oven to 350-degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan. Beat together butter and brown sugar, then stir in the rest of crust ingredients. Mixture will be crumbly. Press into bottom of prepared pan and bake 20 minutes. While crust is baking, prepare cheesecake layer. Beat cream cheese sugar and flour until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over crust and bake for 25 minutes, or until set. While filling is baking, prep peaches. Combine peaches with sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until peaches are softened. Stir off and on to keep mixture from sticking. Combine cold water and cornstarch. Stir until smooth and pour into peach mixture. Mixture will thicken up. Stir until mixture returns to a simmer. Remove from heat and set aside. Prepare crumble topping. Mix all ingredients with your fingers until well blended. Place on a baking sheet and place in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. You can do this while the cheesecake is baking, to save time. Let the cheesecake cool a few minutes. Then spoon over the peaches. Spread evenly and let it cool for 30 minutes. Spread the crumble mixture over the peaches. Cool then chill. Store covered in fridge. Serves 12. Can be frozen.    

Fresh Baked Crust
Peach Topping
With Crumble Topping

Peach Scones

Fresh Peach Scones

I’ve really been in the mood to make scones lately. Since I had some beautiful peaches, I decided to use them in the batter.

They worked out even better than I had hoped. I added cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves into the dough, for a little extra flavor. Nicely complimented the sweetness of the peaches.

These are wonderful for breakfast, brunch or with tea or coffee. They would also make a nice base for shortcake. I could see them with berries and whipped cream for a perfect summer dessert.

I used a 2 oz. cookie scoop and got 25 scones. You could make them bigger, just increase the baking time a couple of minutes. I also placed only one baking sheet in the oven at a time. You could put both in at once, but reverse the rack you have them on- half way through baking- so they bake more evenly. Also, if both trays are in the oven at once, increase baking time a couple of minutes.

Peach Scones

3 cups flour

½ c. sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 t. cinnamon

1 t. nutmeg

Pinch of cloves

½ t. salt

10 T. cold butter (1 stick plus two tablespoons)

¾ c. half and half or milk

1 egg

1½ t. vanilla

1½ c. peeled, chopped peaches – about 3-4 peaches

Glaze:

2 c. powdered sugar

About 2-3 T. half and half

1 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 425. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, or use silicone liners. In a bowl, place the dry ingredients and stir to mix. Cut in butter to resemble coarse crumbs.  Make a well in the center and stir in half and half, vanilla and egg. Stir to make a soft dough. Fold in peaches.  Use ice cream scoop to make scones, placing scoops of dough onto baking sheets.  Bake until browned – 14-16 minutes. Cool on a rack. Make glaze and dip tops of scones in glaze  or drizzle it over them.  Makes  22-25 depending on size.

Peach Ice Cream- Custard Style

Custard Style Peach Ice Cream

If there is a favorite summer treat for me- it is ice cream. I love to go to the local ice cream shop for a sundae or cone, and I love to make my own ice cream. When I found myself with a few extra peaches, I knew I wanted to use some of them to make ice cream. Peach ice cream is one of my absolute favorites.

I have made a peach ice cream before. I have posted the recipe before. This one is different because I made a custard base for my ice cream this time. A custard base just means that egg yolks, or eggs, are incorporated into the base of the ice cream. The base is heated up, so the eggs get cooked. In the other recipe, there are no eggs.

The custard base gives you a creamier end product. I wouldn’t say you have to make a custard-based ice cream for it to be good. They are just different. The custard base is a bit more work, but still not a difficult recipe at all.

This peach ice cream came out so good. Really creamy. I had perfectly ripe peaches. They were a little small, so I used 5 of them in this batch of ice cream. I used a vegetable peeler to remove the skins. I think that the skins get tough once cooked. Leave them on, if you prefer. I cut them off the pits, being sure to save all the juices, too. Then I just diced the peaches up pretty small.

If I just dumped the raw peaches into the ice cream base and froze it, they would end up as hard peachy cubes. By cooking the peaches first, they stay softer in the ice cream. This is true of any fruit ice cream. Using fruit that had been frozen, then thawed, will also work. I added a little vanilla, too. Not enough to overpower the peaches, but to add another layer of flavor.

So here is the recipe. Enjoy!!

Peach Ice Cream- Custard Style

4-5 peaches- mine were small- I used 5

1½ c. half and half

1 c. heavy whipping cream

3 egg yolks

1 c. sugar or to taste

1 t. vanilla

Peel the peaches. Cut the peaches to remove the pits. Discard pits. Dice up the peaches over a bowl to catch all the juices. In medium saucepan, place the peaches with the peach juice, half and half and cream. Over medium low heat, bring up to a simmer. Stir every few minutes, to prevent scorching. Let the mixture cook a few minutes, to soften the peaches. In a small bowl, beat together the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. Add ½ cup of the hot cream mixture to the eggs, whisking in well. Add another ½ cup of the cream mixture, whisking again. Add one last ½ cup of the hot cream and again, whisk until smooth. Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan with the cream and while whisking, simmer until mixture starts to thicken and will coat the back of a spoon. This will take about 5 minutes. Don’t use too high a heat, or you will scramble your eggs. Mixture should reach 160 degrees to be sure eggs are cooked. Remove from heat. Pour mixture into a bowl. Allow ice cream base to cool down, then chill in fridge. Chilled mixture can be frozen in an ice cream maker once cold- in a few hours- or even the next day. Once mixture has been frozen in ice cream maker, place in a container and freeze until ready to serve. Makes about 5-6 cups of ice cream.      |

Honey Ginger Glazed Peaches

Honey Ginger Glazed Peaches

I am always looking for new ways to cook with old favorites. Peaches are a great example. When they are in season, I can’t get enough of them.

I have made peach ice cream, peach pie, peach pancakes, peach preserves, peach liqueur….. you get the idea. I wanted to enjoy peaches with our dinner the other night. I decided, rather than just slicing them up and adding them to a salad, I would do a little more to transform them.

So I glazed them, the way you might glaze carrots. So simple. Why had I never thought of it before? The peaches were soft, slightly sweet, and a perfect side dish for the broiled chicken. I want to try these with lamb, pork or maybe duck next time.

I kept it pretty simple- peaches, butter, honey, ginger, salt and a dash of sriracha. I could see adding other herbs and spices. Might have to do a little experimenting. For now, here is the recipe for glazed peaches. I did not have any leftovers, so a hit, for sure. I did not peel my peaches, but feel free to, if you like.

Honey Ginger Glazed Peaches

4 medium peaches, pitted and sliced thin

2 T. butter

4 T. honey

1/2 t. fresh grated ginger

pinch of salt

Hot sauce to taste

Place peach slices in a small skillet. Add butter and remaining ingredients. Cook over medium heat until peaches start to get tender. This will take about 5 minutes. Stir once in a while to prevent sticking. Be gentle so you don’t mash the peach slices. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking a few more minutes. Peaches should be soft and the sauce thickened. Adjust seasonings.

Honey Ginger Glazed Peaches

Honey Ginger Glazed Peaches

I am always looking for new ways to cook with old favorites. Peaches are a great example. When they are in season, I can’t get enough of them.

I have made peach ice cream, peach pie, peach pancakes, peach preserves, peach liqueur….. you get the idea. I wanted to enjoy peaches with our dinner the other night. I decided, rather than just slicing them up and adding them to a salad, I would do a little more to transform them.

So I glazed them, the way you might glaze carrots. So simple. Why had I never thought of it before? The peaches were soft, slightly sweet, and a perfect side dish for the lamb chops.

I kept it pretty simple- peaches, butter, honey, salt and ginger. I could see adding other herbs and spices. Might have to do a little experimenting. For now, here is the recipe for glazed peaches. I did not have any leftovers, so a hit, for sure. I did not peel my peaches, but feel free to, if you like.

 

Honey Ginger Glazed Peaches

4 medium peaches, pitted and sliced thin

2 T. butter

4 T. honey

1/2 t. fresh grated ginger

pinch of salt

Place peach slices in a small skillet. Add butter and remaining ingredients. Cook over medium heat  until peaches start to get tender. reduce heat to low and continue cooking a few more minutes. Peaches should be soft and sauce thickened. Adjust seasonings.

 

Cinnamon-Vanilla Peach Preserves

Cinnamon Vanilla Peach Preserves

Cinnamon Vanilla Peach Preserves

After getting some peaches from a friend, I decided to make preserves with some of them. The peaches were so juicy and perfectly ripe. They smelled amazing. I knew I would not be able to eat them all. I used a basic preserve recipe, but added some vanilla and cinnamon for added flavor. I also used pectin in this batch. You can make peach preserves without added pectin, but because these were so ripe, I knew they would set better with the pectin. There is less pectin in very ripe fruit. The end result was just what I was going for. Pieces of peach, suspended in a soft gel, lightly flavored with the vanilla and cinnamon. I may have to make another batch.

Cinnamon-Vanilla Peach Preserves

 

4 c. sliced peaches, about 2-3 lbs. of fresh

6 T. pectin

2 T. lemon juice

1 T. vanilla extract

3-4 (4-inch) cinnamon sticks

7 c. sugar

 

Note: Before starting the preserves have your canning supplies ready including clean jars, lids, rings, water bath canner, funnel and ladle.

 

Prepare peaches by scalding in boiling water for a minute. Place in cold water, then slip off the skins. Cut in half and remove the pits and any fibrous parts near the pits. Slice peaches and place peaches and any juices in a large pot. Add the pectin, juice, vanilla and cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil, stirring often. Add the sugar and cook over high heat, stirring often, until mixture comes to a boil that you can’t stir down. Stir constantly for 1 full minute.

 

Remove from heat and remove the cinnamon sticks. Skim off any foam, if needed. Ladle hot preserves into clean, hot jars, filling to ¼-inch from the top. Wipe rims and screw on lids until comfortably tight. Repeat until the jars are filled. Place jars in water bath canner filled with boiling water. Water must cover the jars by at least an inch or two. Cover pot. Once water returns to the boil, start timing. Process for 10 minutes, turn off heat and leave jars in pot for 5 minutes longer. Remove jars to counter with a towel on it, or a cooling rack. Keep out of drafts. Allow jars to cool, check seals. Makes about 9 half pint jars.

Adapted from Ball Blue Book

 

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

I love peaches. For me, peaches always mean summer. It is too early for local peaches around here, but I found some at a produce market recently. They were nearly ripe already, so I put them in a brown paper bag to help them finish ripening. A few days later, I have a bunch of super tasty, juicy peaches. Since it is going to be unseasonably warm for the next week, I decided to use some to make ice cream.  I added some vanilla and orange zest for some extra flavor- but mostly just plenty of peaches.

 

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

3-4 ripe peaches

2 c. half and half

1 c. sugar, or to taste

1 T. vanilla

1 T.  orange zest

Peel and dice peaches. Cook in a small amount of water and a little sugar until tender. If you don’t precook the peaches they will be icy and hard in the ice cream. Cool and drain. In bowl combine half and half and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Place in ice cream machine and process according to manufacturer’s directions. If you don’t have an ice cream maker place mixture in a shallow pan and freeze solid. Remove from freezer and allow to soften a little at room temperature then break up into chunks and place in a mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer until smooth and return to freezer. Makes 1 quart.

Homemade Peach Brandy

Homemade Peach Brandy

Homemade Peach Brandy

I like to think of making flavored brandy and other liqueurs as just one more type of food preservation. I make jams and jelly with seasonal fruit, so why not preserve some of Summer’s bounty in alcohol?  Peach brandy is one of my favorites. Pretty simple, really. Just combine peaches with brandy and allow the mixture to steep. Once enough time had passed, drain out the fruit. After straining out the fruit I also filter the brandy through either coffee filters or cheesecloth to get it nice and clear. Sweetening is optional. Poured into pretty bottles, they can make fun gifts, too.

 

 

Peach Brandy

10 medium sized ripe peaches
3 c. brandy
1 c. sugar syrup – optional – recipe follows*

Peel and pit peaches reserving only the fruit. Place in jar with brandy and steep at least a week, shaking several times. You can leave the fruit in for up to two weeks. Strain, squeezing out as much juice from the fruit as possible. Filter through cheesecloth, fine mesh strainer or coffee filters for a clearer product. Add sugar syrup, if desired,  and mature 4-6 weeks. Makes 4 cups.

*Sweetening– Simple syrup is made from 1 cup of sugar and ½ cup of water. Bring to a boil, then cool. You will have 1 cup of syrup. Some recipes call for plain sugar and others for honey. Watch when you substitute honey for sugar, as it is sweeter and stronger flavored. Better to use orange or clover honey.

 

Peach Glazed Chicken

Peach Gglazed Chicken

Peach Gglazed Chicken

I was looking for something fun to put on chicken we were grilling this weekend. I looked at what I already had and discovered some very ripe peaches. I used them for my inspiration for this sauce/glaze. I started with caramelizing some onions and then adding the peaches, peeled and cut up. Kept adding ingredients until I got the flavor I wanted. We added some of the sauce to the chicken ahead of time so it would absorb into the meat. While grilling extra sauce was brushed on. There was an extra container of the sauce  so we served that on the side.

Peach Sauce/ Glaze

2 T. oil

1 onion, minced

salt to taste

2 cloves garlic, minced

6-7 ripe peaches, peeled and diced

1/2 c. apple cider vinegar

1/2 c. maple syrup

2 t. hot sauce

2 t. cinnamon

Saute onions in oil until tender. Sprinkle generously with salt and add the garlic and cook a couple of minutes longer. Add remaining ingredients and cook until peaches are tender and sauce has thickened. Adjust seasonings and add a little sugar, if you like. Makes 4 cups. Use as a marinade, barbecue sauce or as a side sauce with chicken, pork or other meats. Any marinade must be discarded after use as it will have raw meat juices in it.

 

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