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Looking for ideas using fresh peaches!

weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 02:35 PM

I have a banana box full of beautiful fresh peaches from a neighbor and am looking to find new and exciting uses for them. Here's the catch, though.... no grains and no sugar.

Other than smoothies and chutney do you have something wonderful you make with fresh peaches?

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  1. juliejulez RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 02:40 PM

    The Pioneer Woman posted about grilling peaches today, she used maple syrup but you could probably skip that part. She then used them in 3 different applications... the one that looked best to me was topping a salad with gorgonzola or blue cheese. Maybe w/ a balsamic dressing?

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      weezieduzzit RE: juliejulez Jun 17, 2013 02:44 PM

      What timing!

      I forgot to mention grilling, always so good... and we grill constantly in the summer.

      I have to admit I'm not a PW fan but I will see what her salad recommendations are. I have gorgonzola, stilton and chevre in the frige right now so the pairing interests me. Thanks, JJ.

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        juliejulez RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 03:06 PM

        There wasn't much to her salad....she just said " with greens and dressing of your choice" pretty much. Oh, and she added pecans too. Her other suggestions were topping ice cream with the pecans and maple syrup, or mixing the same w/ greek yogurt.

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          JB BANNISTER RE: juliejulez Jun 17, 2013 03:25 PM

          Grill and make a brown sugar and rum sauce. Serve over ice cream.

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            melpy RE: JB BANNISTER Jun 18, 2013 03:58 AM

            OP is looking for no sugar.

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          512window RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 03:39 PM

          Don't know about the PW, but I've made a fantastic salad with arugula, blue cheese, and sliced peaches/nectarines. Don't remember if I even had to put dressing on it. Would be nice with pecans, especially glazed pecans.

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          KailuaGirl RE: juliejulez Jun 17, 2013 05:24 PM

          Grilled peaches sliced over micro greens with Gorgonzola and toasted almonds and a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette. I do the same with sliced pears and sliced mangoes (not grilled) and the salads always get raves.
          Otherwise please send to me - getting decent peaches, or any stone fruit not locally grown, is all but impossible in Hawai'i.

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          sandylc RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 03:12 PM

          Just send them to me.

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            sandylc RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 03:12 PM

            Puree them and mix them with scotch.

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              sandylc RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 03:12 PM

              Put them in salads.

              1. Ruthie789 RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 03:18 PM

                I often freeze berries on a pan and then put in a Ziplock bag for future use. I am wondering if you peeled and sliced and put on a rack, if you could use for future use? Just curious what part of the country are your peaches from? Lucky you.

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                  Terrie H. RE: Ruthie789 Jun 18, 2013 05:33 AM

                  THis works great for peaches, too.

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                    Ruthie789 RE: Terrie H. Jun 20, 2013 02:53 PM

                    That makes me happy, I am going to try it this summer, thank you.

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                    weezieduzzit RE: Ruthie789 Jun 20, 2013 03:07 PM

                    I'm in Southern California, Ruthie.

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                      Ruthie789 RE: weezieduzzit Jun 20, 2013 03:12 PM

                      Lucky you! We only get local peaches towards the end of summer. I can only think of peach recipes with sugar, but thought of Peach Melba minus the sugar in the raspberry coulis, that is if you can eat the ice cream.

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                    cleopatra999 RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 03:19 PM

                    I love grilled peaches in salad. I made a spinach salad with grilled peaches, red onion and bacon. My SO even said it was awesome. Equally good is with arugula and prosciutto. Grilled or raw works with that one.

                    Also a nice peach salsa on any grilled fish with cilantro, onion, green pepper, lime and chili.

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                      HillJ RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 03:49 PM

                      Poached in red wine and served with cheese is nice.
                      Peach ice cream or sorbet is super easy.
                      Peach melba
                      Peach crisp
                      but just out of the box works too!

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                        weezieduzzit RE: HillJ Jun 17, 2013 03:50 PM

                        Unfortunately, many of those options involve sugar and some of them grains, too.

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                          HillJ RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 03:53 PM

                          ah, big oversight on my part. sorry 'bout that.

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                            weezieduzzit RE: HillJ Jun 17, 2013 03:55 PM

                            That's where the challenge comes in to use as many as we can before I have to just cut them up and freeze them. :)

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                              HillJ RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 03:59 PM

                              Ice pops can just be made just using the pureed fruit, fresh peach tea (unsweetened),

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                        sandylc RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 03:49 PM

                        Eat them out-of-hand with the juice dripping down your arm!

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                          mudcat RE: sandylc Jun 18, 2013 04:21 AM

                          Right on!!

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                          BAnders RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 04:00 PM

                          There's a delicious Mark Bittman salad with equal amounts sliced peaches and sliced tomatoes, tossed gently with some chopped cilantro and some thinly sliced red onion, dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Highly recommended.

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                            weezieduzzit RE: BAnders Jun 17, 2013 09:44 PM

                            I've made a note of that for when we have a "too many tomatoes" problem, too... which will be soon!

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                            sparky403 RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 05:06 PM

                            wrapped with Proscuiutto and grilled..

                            http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bo...

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                              weezieduzzit RE: sparky403 Jun 17, 2013 09:44 PM

                              Thanks, that looks great!

                            2. biondanonima RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 05:43 PM

                              I posted this link on a thread about apricots, but the original recipe is a grilled peach and bacon salad. I've been meaning to make it for ages!

                              http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/gr...

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                                weezieduzzit RE: biondanonima Jun 17, 2013 09:44 PM

                                Bacon has been added to the grocery list! Thank you!

                              2. loratliff RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 08:37 PM

                                Don't cut them up and freeze them—freeze them whole and then eat them frozen! It's like peach ice cream.

                                I had a small peach orchard in the backyard of the house I lived in in Northern Virginia and the landlady recommended eating them like that. They are delicious this way.

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                                  weezieduzzit RE: loratliff Jun 17, 2013 09:43 PM

                                  Very interesting, we will give it a try but believe me, there are plenty to cut up and freeze, too. This was just the "first pick." of what is usually 3 a season and they always share some with us.

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                                  mscoffee1 RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 08:58 PM

                                  Peach soup or gazpacho. Is all sweetening out?

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                                    weezieduzzit RE: mscoffee1 Jun 17, 2013 09:41 PM

                                    I eat very low carb (this is what is working best for my whacked out hormone/ thyroid issue,) so added sugar is out (and I don't eat artificial sweeteners. They all taste terrible to me and I'm not crazy idea about eating chemicals.) I'd rather use the carb grams to eat more real food, if I were to add sugar it would mean I would have to severely limit the amount I could have or possibly even make it just too carby to bother. I've relaxed the amount of carbs I'm eating to be able to have the peaches at all but I'm not going to get crazy with the amount I'm eating. The peaches are very sweet on their own, they're really delicious.

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                                    cleopatra999 RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 09:30 PM

                                    I bet grilled radicchio would go really well with grilled peaches, or raw, with some balsamic drizzled on top.

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                                      weezieduzzit RE: cleopatra999 Jun 17, 2013 09:37 PM

                                      I bet it would too, the grilled salad we had tonight was outstanding, I will try to remember to keep my eyes open for raddiccho at the market.

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                                      cleopatra999 RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 09:35 PM

                                      How about cut up in a quinoa 'oatmeal' with pumpkin seeds and yogurt for breakfast. You could also juice them if you have a juicer or even just purée them and freeze. If they need to be sweet which I doubt you could add a bit of apple or grape juice.

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                                        weezieduzzit RE: cleopatra999 Jun 17, 2013 09:36 PM

                                        Quinoa is a grain, I don't eat it but thank you for the suggestion! We are having lots of smoothies with the kefir I make every day, though. The peaches are sweet enough that they don't need to be sweetened. :)

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                                          cleopatra999 RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 10:00 PM

                                          Are you staying away from legumes and corn as well? If not I think they would go well with black beans with Mexican ingredients. Maybe with chicken or fish and rolled into a lettuce wrap. I doubt you are drinking if you are cutting out sugar but if you are a fresh Bellini would be to die for! If not I would mash it up maybe with a touch of basil or mint and top with soda water.

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                                            vstock RE: weezieduzzit Aug 25, 2013 08:00 AM

                                            Quinoa cooks like a grain but it is actually a seed.

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                                          youareabunny RE: weezieduzzit Jun 17, 2013 11:01 PM

                                          Dehydrate them

                                          1. Breadcrumbs RE: weezieduzzit Jun 18, 2013 03:06 AM

                                            Thiis Grilled Peach Salsa is delicious on pork, chicken, fish and of course, tortilla chips. I make it with fresh basil or Italian parsley instead of cilantro.

                                            http://www.pbs.org/food/fresh-tastes/...

                                            1. melpy RE: weezieduzzit Jun 18, 2013 04:00 AM

                                              Real Simple magazine has a recipe for peach d mozzarella salad. Basically a caprese salad without tomato. It is one of my summer staples. The basil and olive oil taste great on the peaches.

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                                                truman RE: weezieduzzit Jun 18, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                Roasted chicken with peaches and red onions. I think this is the recipe I've made: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/roast...
                                                ... but it works with a whole roasting chicken instead of just thighs. You can easily skip the sugar if the peaches are sweet, and skip the molasses (just use more balsamic vinegar) and couscous.

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                                                  Rasam RE: weezieduzzit Jun 18, 2013 07:48 AM

                                                  How about peach fool? The recipe usually has sugar but you could just omit that. Here are a couple of different recipes:

                                                  http://cookingfortwo.about.com/od/pud...

                                                  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

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                                                    GilaB RE: weezieduzzit Jun 18, 2013 09:19 AM

                                                    I've made an excellent peach dessert salad, adapted from The Essential New York Times Cookbook; I think the original recipe is from the late 19th century. I use a few tablespoons of sugar, but if your peaches are very sweet, you might be able to get away without it. This is one of those recipes that's way more than the sum of its parts.

                                                    4-5 peaches, thickly sliced
                                                    4 T sugar [try without]
                                                    2-3 T cognac
                                                    Juice of 1 lemon [less if not using sugar]
                                                    1/4 tsp cinnamon
                                                    Nutmeg to taste
                                                    Heavy cream for serving, chilled

                                                    Place peaches in wide bowl or serving dish. Whisk together sugar if using, cognac, lemon, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour over peaches and toss gently. Serve with pitcher of chilled cream.

                                                    1. mebby RE: weezieduzzit Jun 18, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                      I haven't made this yet myself, but it's been on the list for a while...grilled jerk pork with curried peach relish. I'm sure you could drop the sugar in the relish and the molasses from the marinade.
                                                      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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                                                        sweetpotater RE: weezieduzzit Jun 18, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                        Fruit leather! I pureed and froze a lot of peaches from the market last summer—no sweetener. I thawed out the puree last month, spread on baking sheets with parchment, and baked on the lowest temperature of my oven for a few hours.

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                                                          weezieduzzit RE: sweetpotater Jun 18, 2013 02:33 PM

                                                          I hadn't even thought of fruit leather and I think my dehydrator has one of those flexible sheets to make it! The man would like that for snacks. Thanks!

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                                                          alwayshungrygal RE: weezieduzzit Jun 18, 2013 08:50 PM

                                                          This recipe for pizza was posted in response to a thread I started in General Topics (about my cooking mojo). I made it the other night and it was fantastic! I used a Boboli crust, a nectarine (had peaches too but decided on the nectarine) and goat cheese and I can't wait to make it again.

                                                          http://www.alexandracooks.com/2010/08...

                                                          1. KarenDW RE: weezieduzzit Jun 18, 2013 10:34 PM

                                                            ketchup: poach in water and white vinegar, puree, reduce, season with allspice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, balsamic. Water bath process for shelf-stable storage.

                                                            1. KarenDW RE: weezieduzzit Jun 18, 2013 10:39 PM

                                                              The Barbeque Sauce recipe at homecanning.com looks like it could be adapted to use peaches, instead of tomatoes. If omitting the sugar, you may want to wait until the mixture is reduced, before adding the vinegar to taste.

                                                              1. Bada Bing RE: weezieduzzit Jun 19, 2013 06:18 AM

                                                                Seduce someone with them straight up out of hand. I think that what's they were created for....

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                                                                  susan1353 RE: weezieduzzit Jun 19, 2013 06:51 AM

                                                                  How about in a chopped salad? I usually add mango to a salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, fennel, corn (if you want), parsley and/or cilantro dressed in a lime vinaigrette. I'll bet peaches would be a nice addition instead of mango.

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                                                                    pine time RE: weezieduzzit Jun 19, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                    All these ideas sound wonderful; my peaches are nearly ripe. This is the first year I've grown apricots, and they're nearly ready, too. Think most of these ideas also work with apricots (they're tiny, but I have lots of them)?

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                                                                      GilaB RE: pine time Jun 19, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                      I'd think so. In fact, apricots should be easier to work with, because the skin is so thin that you don't need to bother peeling them, the way you do with peaches in many recipes.

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                                                                        weezieduzzit RE: pine time Jun 20, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                                        Apricots have firmer flesh than peaches so they hold up better to tagines, grilling, sauteeing. I grew up with an apricot tree and miss it!

                                                                        As a kid I didn't appreciate the fig tree at my Grandmother's that we used to play in, if I had known then what I know now.....

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                                                                        HillJ RE: weezieduzzit Jun 19, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                                        weeezied, today I made peach infused vinegar and used it on our dinner salad. it was excellent.

                                                                        puree the whole fruit, pitted but peel is fine. strain out the pulp and add to your favorite vinegar. equal parts peach puree to vinegar. then chill. so good!

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                                                                          weezieduzzit RE: HillJ Jun 20, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                          Sounds yummy and super useful! Thank you!

                                                                        2. lamb_da_calculus RE: weezieduzzit Jun 19, 2013 07:27 PM

                                                                          One of my favorite desserts: take a peach, cut it into 8 wedges, heat up some butter, saute one side of each wedge, dip the other side of each wedge in honey, then press the honeyed side into a mixture of toasted, crushed fennel seeds and pistachio. The mixture of textures, consistencies, and temperatures is dope.

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                                                                            weezieduzzit RE: lamb_da_calculus Jun 20, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                                            Unfortunately for me, honey=sugar but I hope someone else that reads this takes your suggestion since it sounds good!

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                                                                              mscoffee1 RE: weezieduzzit Jun 20, 2013 01:29 PM

                                                                              I think it would be good without the honey.

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                                                                                weezieduzzit RE: mscoffee1 Jun 20, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                True, the fennel seeds and pistachio could just be sprinkled over the top.

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                                                                                  lamb_da_calculus RE: mscoffee1 Jun 20, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                  Maybe I should have used a better word than "dip". When I do it it's more like "brush", so that the honey is there more for flavor (that floral honey taste) and holding on to the fennel seeds and pistachio rather than just sweetness.

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                                                                                Terrie H. RE: lamb_da_calculus Jun 20, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                This sounds delicious! I love the idea of mixing fennel seeds and nuts with the peaches.

                                                                              3. 3MTA3 RE: weezieduzzit Jun 19, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                                                Section them and place in a jar of (moonshine). Let sit in a cool place 2-4 weeks. Pass the jar while sitting around a campfire...

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                                                                                  weezieduzzit RE: 3MTA3 Jun 20, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                                                  Hmmm... we'll be sitting around a campstove (no open fires allowed around here,) at the drag races at the end of July and that sounds like a great idea....

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                                                                                  Isolda RE: weezieduzzit Jun 20, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                  If honey is okay, make this dressing:

                                                                                  Peel and slice two peaches and puree in blender.
                                                                                  Add: 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice, 2 tbsp. honey, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground cumin
                                                                                  Puree and serve over spinach salad.

                                                                                  If you can't have any sugar at all, I'm sure you could use one of the diabetic-friendly sweeteners in place of the honey.

                                                                                  Also, I don't have a recipe for this, but years ago, a friend made me some chicken cutlets (she breaded them with ground hazelnuts instead of flour) and served them with sliced peaches. It was a memorably delicious dinner.

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                                                                                    weezieduzzit RE: Isolda Jun 20, 2013 01:46 PM

                                                                                    While I *can* have sugar and honey I *don't* eat added sugar or honey, I also don't eat artificial sweeteners. I could probably just lower the amount of lime juice in your instructions and add it slowly to balance it with the sweetness of the peaches. I'd never considered cumin with peaches, interesting.

                                                                                  2. EM23 RE: weezieduzzit Jun 20, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                                    There are some great ideas posted on this thread.
                                                                                    This Jamie Oliver recipe for roasted peaches with mozzarella and prosciutto is delicious. With a burrata, even better!
                                                                                    http://www.jamieoliver.com/wood-fired...

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                                                                                      GilaB RE: weezieduzzit Jun 21, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                                                      This beet-peach salad is remarkably good. It's not a flavor combo that I ever would have thought of before, but I really loved it when I tried it last summer: http://noteatingoutinny.com/2010/07/2...

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                                                                                        HandLikeAFist RE: weezieduzzit Jun 28, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                                                        Two simple, good treats with peaches:

                                                                                        1. Brush peach halves with melted butter, sprinkle cut side with good quality curry powder. Grill.

                                                                                        2. Salsa: equal parts sliced red onions and sliced radishes. Rather more cut-up peaches. Mint leaves and sliced hot peppers, to taste. Fabulous with lamb.

                                                                                        1. Emme RE: weezieduzzit Jun 28, 2013 10:01 PM

                                                                                          souffle -- if you puree and reduce the peaches, you won't need sugar...?

                                                                                          as suggested grilled and served with basil (or rosemary) and sliced mozzarella?

                                                                                          roasted with cinnamon and used as a filling for omelets

                                                                                          salsa

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                                                                                            bear RE: weezieduzzit Aug 25, 2013 06:04 AM

                                                                                            On another thread, kattyeyes recommended this Peach Cheesecake Bar recipe from Penzey's. I made it for company to pick on this weekend and it was a hit. Instead of Penzey's cinnamon sugar, I used a half-teaspoon of cinnamon and two teaspoons of sugar and it worked fine. Very tasty.

                                                                                            http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey...

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                                                                                              mscoffee1 RE: weezieduzzit Aug 25, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                                                              I made this Peach Cobbler Cake from the New York Times and thought it was great as well as simple. I doubled the recipe using a 9x13 pan and it went well, but the edges get crispy which is wonderful and so it might be even better in an 8x8 pan. I only used sliced almonds on half and added vanilla and a bit of almond extract to the buttermilk.
                                                                                              http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/din...

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                                                                                                pine time RE: mscoffee1 Aug 27, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                                                I'm heading to the kitchen to make this! But, I'll toss my bags of home-grown, frozen peaches in the microwave first to thaw. Guess I'll have to drain them, too? They have mucho juice.

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                                                                                                  bear RE: pine time Aug 27, 2013 09:44 AM

                                                                                                  pine time, if you have a lot of juice you may want to drain the juice and then reduce it until syrup consistency,. You can then add it back to the peaches. If you through the the juice away, that's a lot of lost flavor. The reduced juice won't make the dish soggy since it's thickened and concentrated.

                                                                                                  I do that with peach pie and it helps amp up the peach flavor. (from Rose Levy Beranbaum's pie recipe).

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                                                                                                    pine time RE: bear Aug 27, 2013 10:54 AM

                                                                                                    Thanks. I've done exactly that before, with other recipes. Even had enough "peach syrup" left over for waffles the next morning. Appreciate the reminder!

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