Summer Food - Peaches!
Days 'till A Little Light Magic: 11
Days 'till the Summer Solstice: 37
Ooh! Got my author's copies of A Little Light Magic in the mail yesterday. No matter how many novels I write, it's still the ultimate thrill to see the printed book in my hands!
But let's not digress from the topic at hand - summer food!
Peaches are another summer fruit I can't get enough of. They've just started coming into the stores around here, and they've been good, but nothing beats locally grown peaches. For me, the local peach picking season starts in July and runs into August.
You don't really need anything to improve a juicy ripe peach, but there are endless other ways to enjoy them. A nice drink is peach sangria - just slice the peaches into a pitcher of white or red wine and let it sit overnight in the fridge.
I also love peach shortbread. The following recipe is from the Joy of Cooking, which some humorous soul gave to my husband and me for a wedding present. (Another humorous soul gave us another famous "Joy of..." book, the full title of which will go unnamed...
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon double acting baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
4 -6 tablespoons chilled butter or shortening
3/4 cup milk
about 4 cups sliced ripe peaches
(also good with strawberries or blueberries, or a combination)
whipped cream, cool whip, sour cream, or vanilla yogurt
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease and flour a 8-9 inch square, or 9-10 inch round, glass or ceramic baking pan. Slice fruit and put aside so it can get juicy while you make the shortbread.
Sift flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. With two knives or a pastry cutter, cut butter into flour mixture until its well-mixed. Make a well in the middle and add milk all at once. Knead quickly and gently, about 8-10 folds. Press dough into pan. Brush top with milk. Bake 12-15 minutes. Cool 5-10 minutes, then invert shortbread onto dish. Slice into two layers.
Spoon sliced fruit between the layers, and also on top of the shortbread. Top with whipped cream or other topping of your choice. Serve warm. Serves 8.
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