Thursday, July 23, 2009

Peach Crumbles

I haven't participated in the last few Barefoot Blogger challenges for a variety of reasons. Peach desserts are one of my favorites and I have made many versions of peach cobblers, crisps, and galettes over the years. I recently found my favorite, an oatmeal-pecan crusted crisp courtesy of The Farm Chicks. I almost didn't try this recipe because I didn't think I could top that, but guilt pushed me into it.

This was good, not great, but good. It had Ina's hallmark of simplicity, but I missed the crunch of a crisp and also like my peaches to be a little sweeter. I omitted the blueberries and opted for a scoop of blackberry ice cream. Confession time, I always use canned peaches. But in keeping with Ina's philosophy of using fresh, quality ingredients I picked up some peaches at the farmer's market. Honestly, I prefer the canned and certainly prefered the ease of using them versus preparing fresh peaches.

(I apologize for the ugly picture, I was too lazy to set up a shot in better light.)

Peach & Blueberry Crumbles
Ina Garten

For the fruit
2 lbs firm, ripe peaches (6-8 peaches)
2 tsp grated lemon zest
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup fresh blueberries (1/2 pint)

For the Crumble
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 lb (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Immerse the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until their skins peel off easily. Place them immediately in cold water. Peel the peaches, slice them into thick wedges, and place them in a large bowl. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, granulated sugar, and flour. Toss well. Gently mix in the blueberries. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes. Spoon the mixture into ramekins or custard cups.

For the topping, combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the butter is the size of peas. Rub the mixture with your fingertips until it’s in big crumbles, then sprinkle evenly over the fruit. Place the ramekins on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and back for 40 to 45 minutes, until the tops are browned and crisp and the juices are bubbly. Serve warm or at room temperature. If you want to make these early, store the unbaked crumbles int he refrigerator and bake before dinner. Serves 5 to 6.

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  1. awww but fresh peaches are so good!!! especially when you take a big bite and the juices are running all over the place. mmmmm so good. Maybe I will try the Farm Chicks recipe with some of the peaches I've got in the fridge.

  2. Yours looks great but we diverge on the fresh vs tinned peaches. Tinned peaches take me back to school lunches. Give me a fresh peach any day!

  3. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog...nice to meetchya! I don't think your photo is ugly at all. In fact, I was drooling at your generous layer of crumbles....yummy! Hopefully, you saw how show an easy way to skin a fresh peach, on my blog. I love canned peaches (especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream)...but there is nothing like a ripe, juicy fresh peach! Just dunk them in boiling water and shock in a water bath-- a littl extra effort, but well worth it.


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