you vote on my dessert
- drewb123 May 19, 2009 06:26 PM
I am hosting a memeorial day party at the house and I am deciding on dessert
It is hot hot hot in AZ so I am thinking to do: cheesecake pops (cheesecake lollipops) and was thinking also another dessert here are my options:
any fruit pie
cupcakes (i always make these)
other ideas are welcome.
Peaches are in season. Get your hands on some local ones and make a big peach pie! Or peach ice cream! Or peach cobbler! Or peach crisp! Or...all of them.
disclaimer: I love peaches (obviously!)
Seriously given the ridiculous heat we've been suffering through for already too many weeks this year....cheese cake, cupcakes and tiramisu don't appeal ot me personally. Too heavy in the heat, especially the cheesecake and tiramisu. Something lighter and fruitier...like peaches!(Sorry couldn't resist one more vote for peaches). Or berries. Or lemon?
Maybe homemade ice cream and sorbet and a make your own sundae set up?
This will likely be moved to Home Cooking...hopefully you find it there.
I typically mix:
5 cups fruit(if I can find blackberries I add those as I adore peach and blackberry together)
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoon cornstarch(or better tapioca if you have some on hand)
a little (maybe a tsp or so) vanilla or almond extract
Lemon juice( a tablespoon or so)
Mix together and fill a prepared crust(I make my own but Pillsbury works too!). I like double crust but you could do a lattice top or a crumb top too.
Bake 30 min at 400, rotate pie, lower oven to 375 and bake for another 30 minutes, until bubbles thickly.
mmmm....no peaches in our house right now. Must find some tomorrow. Wonder if AJ's is carrying Schnepf's? They have in years past....
I love home made ice cream sandwiches. All made ahead and you can make 1 dozen of chocolate cookies, 1 dozen maybe ginger lemon cookies. Use some store bought good quality ice cream and jazz it up, ground nuts, some liquor for adults or just flavoring, chocolate bits, cookie bits, dried fruit, etc. And make the cookies big. You can even tip the cookies half dipped in chocolate, or roll the sides in chcolate ground cookies, nuts, coconut. Anything.
Adults and kids love it.
Use a good quality vanilla, add fresh sauteed peaches, some pecans and stuff in ginger cookies (home made). Ice cream sandwiches can be very adult and a lot of fun to make. Besides way ahead of time which is the best part. Strawberry ice cream with a little mint and chopped chocolate is great on a chocolate cookie dipped 1/2 way up or just drizzled with white chocolate. So many options. My son likes butter pecan ice cream with a toffee bar broken up in it. Served on a short bread cookie with orange zest and ground nuts.
Pie also to me or cobbler I prefer over pie.
Fruit skewers you can grill with a fresh chocolate orange zip or even cook ahead, dip in chocolate and nuts and serve. I like something cold or with fruit.
3 approaches for individual pies:
1)Roll dough, cut 6" circles and top with sweetened fruit (stirred with tapioca, cornstarch, flour, or arrowroot to thicken juices)
leaving a 1 to 1-1/2" border, then fold the dough over, pinching it together so it covers the outer part of the fruit. You'll have 3"-4" diameter rustic tartlets.
2) Use a 6-well muffin-top pan, cutting circles or patting dough into them. Fold over edges of circles, and pinch to make the sides thicker than the bottom before filling, or pat dough into the wells, or fold and pleat rolled dough as for the rustic tartlets. If you don't have a second tray, make in 2 batches.
In either of these methods,bake at 375 for about 20 min, then check for desired browning of crust and thickening of juices.
3) Cut 6" circles, spread beaten egg on the edge of each, half-way around. Place filling on one side, fold over, pinch to seal, pressing on outside with tines of a fork, prick with fork in 2 or 3 places. Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes.
no cheesecake anything in hot weather. Go with seasonal goodies.
I second the Peach Extravaganza suggested by ziggylu. Or you could serve ice cold watermelon. That always goes over big around here.
Perfect peach pie. Now I am craving. And not able to bake. Now I will have to search high and low!
Have a great Memorial Day party! We just picked up some nice peaches too (though I'd love to get to Schnepf Farms one of these days to pick my own). This week, I'm trying a recipe I've been wanting to make for a while now. It's Cornmeal Shortcakes with peaches and mascarpone. Haven't made it yet, but here's another CH's picture:
Rubee, where did you get your peaches? I"ve been down to Schnepf once this year and what we picked were delicious but still lots of unripe. Don't htink we're going to be able to get back this weekend so trying to find some good peaches elsewhere while in season.
Just home from Sprouts to pick up some other stuff(fresh halibut on sale again this week, yum). They had peaches but they were hard as rock california peaches...thought I"d try AJ's next and hoping the One Windmill folks might have some in downtown Chandler tomorrow.
Will travel for good peaches. LOL
I'll have to ask my husband - he does the grocery shopping : ) I think he picked them up at AJs? maybe Basha's?
BTW, I don't know if you're on Twitter (if so, I'm Rubee100), but Carrie Schnepf posts up-to-date info regarding Schnepf Farms.
From May 19: Opened a new orchard today. This peach variety is called Springcrest, a medium size peach that is still very juicy.