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Monday, July 18, 2011

What I did with a case of peaches

Recently I got a good deal on a case of peaches from Bountiful Baskets. They were the Rich Lady variety and peeled very easily which was nice. Here's what I did with them:

1. Ate lots and lots of them fresh (as did the rest of my family) :D
2. Blended them into smoothies
3. Made Peach Melba Waffle syrup. I got it into my head that this would taste good and looked everywhere for a recipe, unsuccessfully. So I made one up.

Peach Melba Waffle Syrup
10 cups pureed peaches (peeled and de-stoned)
1 cup fresh raspberries
4 cups sugar
4 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons vanilla
1. Combine the first four ingredients and bring to a boil. 2. Simmer for 5 minutes. 3. Add vanilla. 4. Seal in a hot water bath for 20 minutes (Increase time as needed if you live at an elevation above 1000 feet.) Makes approximately 3 quarts.

It didn't turn out the color that I was hoping and imagining. but it tastes good on waffles. And I'm sure that it's great on ice cream, angel food cake, etc.

4. Made Peach Salsa. I cut the sugar back by 1 1/4 cups and I still felt that it was too sweet. I also added a few more peppers, more cilantro and cut back the cumin. (I don't really like cumin.) I think I will make this one again someday but cut back the sugar even more. My family came to visit this weekend and they inhaled the stuff. I liked it on Cafe Rio Rice and I think it would also be good on grilled fish or chicken, or maybe grilled fish or chicken tacos. My batch made 5 pints, plus some extra that I put into some tupperware.

5. Made Peach Pie This pie was good, but not magical. I put the peaches in the mix instead of on top, and used a graham cracker crust. It was simple enough that Thing 1 was able to help make it which is always fun.

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