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overripe peaches

ochound Aug 26, 2008 04:01 PM

aargh- got some nice white peaches, but let them get too soft- what can I do with them?

  1. maplesugar Aug 26, 2008 09:40 PM

    Roast them (like you would veggies) I think they'd be beautiful next to some pound cake or shortcakes and whipped cream or good vanilla ice cream :)

    1. k
      kobetobiko Aug 26, 2008 08:46 PM

      Smoothies! Sugar not necessary in this case as the peaches are sweet enough!

      1. alanbarnes Aug 26, 2008 08:42 PM

        Bellinis! Squeeze 'em and mix the juice (and a little pulp) with Prosecco. My favorite cocktail this time of year.

        1. m
          meloneyd Aug 26, 2008 08:27 PM

          You could always make peach cupcakes with mascarpone frosting. I got this recipie from a cupcake blog and I always get reqest for these:

          Peach Cupcakes with Martha Stewart's Mascarpone Frosting

          for cupcakes
          1-1/2 cups (375 mL) all purpose flour
          1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
          1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground nutmeg
          1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
          1-1/4 cups (300 mL) granulated sugar
          1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature
          3 eggs
          1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
          2 tsp (10 mL) grated orange zest
          3/4 cup (175 mL) milk
          2 peaches or nectarines, pitted and thinly sliced and cut into thirds

          for frosting
          1 pound mascarpone cheese
          1/2 cup confectioners sugar
          1-1/4 cups heavy cream

          Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C)

          In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt.
          In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until light and fluffly. Add vanilla and orange zest, beating well. Alternately beat in flour mixture and milk, making three additions of flour mixture and two of milk, beating until smooth. Fold in peaches or nectarines.
          Scoop batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated over for 23-28 minutes or until golden brown and tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack.

          To make the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, and confectioners' sugar until medium-soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Be careful no to overbeat. Use immediately.

          1. alkapal Aug 26, 2008 04:33 PM

            peach cobbler. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5482...

            (i'd stir the sliced, peeled peaches with some sugar, maybe cook 5-8 minutes so it becomes more preserve-like -- before dabbling on the top of the above recipe).

            1. Phurstluv Aug 26, 2008 04:24 PM

              I like the salsa idea as well. I just made a black bean, tropical fruit & queso blanco salsa that my guests went gaga over. The peaches could stand in for the fruit. Mix with a sherry or white balsamic vinaigrette.

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              1. re: Phurstluv
                lexpatti Aug 26, 2008 04:45 PM

                Yum!!! I need to remember to add black beans and fresh corn to my next salsa. Be fun to have a salsa party, everyone brings one to share - so creative and different they can be.

              2. Marge Aug 26, 2008 04:21 PM

                Poach in red wine, a little sugar, cinnamon stick, a few peppercorns...serve with good vanilla ice cream.

                1. diablo Aug 26, 2008 04:16 PM

                  Saute some Orange Roughy or similar fish. Make a buerre blanc. Add sliced peaches just before serving. Shockingly delicious.

                  1. l
                    lexpatti Aug 26, 2008 04:13 PM

                    I recently did the same and made up a nice batch of homemade salsa adding cut peaches to my tomatoes, jalapeno, garlic, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, etc. I also added some apple too - fantastic.

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