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» Friday, May 15, 2009

Summer Food - Peaches!

Days 'till Memorial Day: 10

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...).

Peach Shortbread

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.

Don't forget this week's prizes...FIVE great summer reads courtesy of the nice folks at Dorchester Publishing. Comment on any post from Monday May 11 through Saturday May 16 to enter the contest. Five winners chosen at random and posted on Sunday May 17.
  • A TASTE OF MAGIC by Tracy Madison
  • GOTCHA! by Christie Craig
  • SIREN'S SECRET by Trish Albright
  • DEEP MAGIC by Joy Nash
See ya tomorrow!

Joy Nash

Coming May 26!

A Little Light Magic

Summer at the Jersey Shore has never been so hot!

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Blogger Unknown said...

OMG This sounds awesome. My picky BF may even enjoy this recipe!!!

Thanks for that and the giveaway!

Jennmarie68 (at) gmail (dot) com

1:08 AM  
Blogger Margay Leah Justice said...

You are making my mouth water with all of these recipes you keep posting!


7:05 AM  
Blogger housemouse88 said...

Thanks for the recipes. My hubby loves peaches. Have a great day.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love peaches and this sounds really interesting.

How cool to have yoru author copies in hand! I'm still just at the beginning of my very first manuscript - so it will be awhile before I get that experience, but here's to hoping I do!

Thanks for all the great recipes - I'm hitting the farmers market this weekend!

10:30 AM  
Blogger Mari said...

You have posted a lot of great recipes this week! I am going to try at least one and tempt my BF with it...

3:56 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

I love peaches and the recipe sounds delicious!

4:35 PM  
Blogger chey said...

That shortbread recipe looks fantastic. I never thought of adding fruit, but it sound great. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipes!

5:06 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

Thanks for that recipe, never had peach shortbread. Love peach cobbler and shortcakes. Funny, I don't care to eat fresh peaches, yet I love canned ones and all sorts of peach desserts.

My favaorite fruit of the summer is plums, the ones that are red inside, juicy and sweet.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Ranurgis said...

I'm always happy to see all the wealth of fresh fruits and vegetables as they arrive here in Canada.

Though I like the taste and juiciness of peaches, I'm allergic to the "fluffy" skin and literally haven't touched one in years. I always have to wait for someone to peel one for me--or just eat canned ones. Peeling one myself using latex or other gloves definitely makes peaches less tasty, LOL

At least I'm happy that I'm not allergic to most other summer goodies.

6:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Joy, another great recipe! I have been printing these everyday. Because I want to try them sometime. I do cook a lot and I am looking for something thats different. Thanks, so much!

6:34 PM  
Blogger traveler said...

Those peaches look delectable as does the yummy recipe. I love the Jersey Shore. The best place for a summer vacation. It has everything and the best beaches.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Martha Eskuchen said...

Congrats on the book coming in! The peaches sound yummy - since I can't have them, guess I'll go home for upside down pineapple cake that DH made last night!

7:56 PM  
Blogger Caffey said...

Hi Joy! Don't know if you saw but I too got my copy today from the bookclub. Its great to order them to be mailed from Dorchester each month! I so was excited on this book and it is beautiful, even feeling the cover is so different. I'll be cuddling up and reading this one soon with no interruptions!

I love peach cobbler! But never had Peach Shortbread! I know I put up recipes with out sugar because I can't have it, but I love it and don't taste the difference, so I'll use this one and switch the sugar!

I too love nectarines. I think that's what they are called. They are similar to peaches but have alot of differences too. I mostly have that cut up fresh with whip cream!

Have a great Friday evening!

9:17 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Love peaches. Have made spiced peaches that go well with ham, pork, and chicken. Can't find the recipe I had using fresh peaches. I did find this one which is similar that uses canned peaches - drain sliced peaches. Heat to boiling 1 1/2 cups honey, 1/2 cup vinegar, 3 (3 in.) sticks cinnamon, 3 whole cloves. Place peaches into a hot quart jar and pour heated liquid over them. Cool a refrigerate for 8 hours before serving. The ones I did before were hot pack canned. Peel and slice 6 pounds of peaches and boil gently a few minutes until soft. Make a hot syrup, add peaches plus cooking water and simmer for about 3 minutes. (a syrup I used for spiced pears was made from 4 cups sugar, 2 cups white vinegar, and a bag of spices - 3 or 4 cinnamon sticks, 1/4 cups whole cloves and 4 tsp cracked ginger simmered for 5 minutes). Place peaches in hot canning jars and pour hot syrup over them. Seal and process in boiling water bath for 15 min. (pints) or 20 min. (quarts).
Cool and make sure jars are sealed.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Sue A. said...

I tried freezing peaches whole from last summer. I guess this would be good time to see if it worked.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I used to put up peaches every summer when I lived closer to where they were grown and we could get them right from the orchard. There is nothing like a peach cobbler made with fresh peaches straight from the oven. Yummy!

pnc07 @ aol (dot) come

10:33 PM  
Blogger darbyscloset said...

YUmmy, that receipe sounds great!!!
And I cannot wait to get my hands on your new book...I think my mouth is foaming!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

11:43 PM  
Blogger Eva S said...

I love peaches! Thanks for the great recipe, I'll try it right away!

6:47 AM  

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