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Aug 9, 2007 04:23 PM

Need Summer "Fruity Dessert"

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My next challenge for you is a great summer "fruity dessert" to take to my next pot luck for 16 people. I am in the mountains of North Carolina with a great supply of SC peaches and all the other summer fruits.

I have to admit, I am not great at pastries. Any suggestions for some sort of crumble or chilled layer dessert that would be easy to transport or easy to assemble once I am there?

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  1. Well, I think a peach cobbler is the way to go. Slice your peaches and toss them with an appropriate amount of sugar, depending on how sweet the fruit is. Dump into a buttered baking dish. Top with mounds of sweet biscuit dough. Sprinkle with sugar for crunch and bake. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. You can't get any better than that in the dog days of summer.

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    1. re: pikawicca

      i think you should make a delicious clafouti! Sadly, I do not have my grandfather's recipe, but there are tons on epicious.

    2. I have this recipe for a simple, but delicious peach dessert:

      To serve 16, I would make two. And I like it warm with a little vanilla ice cream. If you wanted to skip the whipped cream, it would travel better, or make it ahead of time, and wait to top it with whipped cream right before serving.

      Serves 8 Easy Peach Cobbler
      5 ripe peaches, pitted and sliced (4 to 5 cups)
      1 cup sugar
      4 tablespoons, (1/2 stick) butter
      1 cup all-purpose flour
      2 teaspoons baking powder
      1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
      1 salt
      1 cup milk
      Whipped cream, for serving
      Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sliced peaches and 1/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl. Toss to coat peaches evenly with sugar. Set aside until sugar melts and peaches begin to extract their juice, about 10 minutes.

      In a glass pyrex, 8 x 8 square pan, place 1/2 stick of butter (cut up) in the pyrex dish, and place in oven for 5-10 minutes.

      Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together remaining 3/4 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Add milk slowly, whisking until completely combined. Place batter in spoonfuls at outer edge of dish, and randomly into the center. Spoon peaches with their juice into the center of baking dish, keeping an outer edge of batter. Return to oven, and bake until tops are golden brown, about 1 hour. Serve with whipped cream.

      1. Most definately, go with the cobbler....There's a million recipes out there. Paula Dean has a great one.

        Another thought: Fresh peach shortcake

        both of these are excellent and would take advantage of those delectable fresh peaches. Have Fun!!

        1. You can make a big tray of flan and top it with all kinds of summer fruits. You can also bring whipped cream to top the flan and berries!

          1. Agree on the cobbler direction.. here is my favorite:

            I like to replace the schnapps (which I never have) with Amaretto, skip the cinnamon and add some slivered almonds. And is even better with apricots (which you don’t need to peel).