There's something extra special about growing your own food - While we've always had some sort of vegetable garden, however, fruit is a brand new adventure!
Our first introduction to large quantities of fruit was this year's organic peach harvest at Stellegacy Farms - while we only have two trees, there was more fruit than we knew what to do with! Most of our friends have gotten a goody bag, however, we're still left with more than enough to have to get creative....Our latest challenge - How many different ways can you use peaches? Follow along!
Pro Tip: To quickly pit peaches, slice along the crease at the top & twist apart. Pop the pit out and voila!
1. One-Bowl Peach Bread:
Zest from 2 lemons
1/2 cup full-fat Greek Yogurt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp Fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups fresh peaches, diced
Turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 350F, and grease a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 pan.
Combine the above ingredients, wet first, then slowly adding dry ingredients. Transfer from bowl to pan, and top with turbinado sugar. Cook for 60-70 minutes, rotating half way. Let cool to room temperature before serving. Best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
2. Smoked Peaches & Pork Shoulder: It's Traeger Season! Toss on a pork shoulder - we generally cook ours at 200F for 6-7 hours. When you pull the pork, toss on whole peaches on the top rack for 6-8 minutes. Cut up and toss with pork shoulder for a delicious dinner!
3. Peach Margarita: Enough said, and a fun spin on on classic at KickStand Coffee & Kitchen!
1.5 oz blanco tequila
1 oz peach puree
.75 oz lime juice
.5oz gran gala
Rim a rocks glass with lime salt. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice - shake vigorously. Double strain into a glass of your choice + ice.
4. Peach-Tomato Burrata Salad: Grab 1 heirloom tomato, 1 medium sized peach (no pit) - cut them up into medium sized chunks. Toss with 2 tsp sherry or balsamic vinegar, add a pinch of salt and pepper. Just prior to serving, add about 5-6 basil leaves, torn into small pieces - next level, delicious!
5. Peach Protein shake: Take 2 pitted peaches & blend them up, skin included! Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder and voila! My favorite combo is 1st Phorm Phormula 1 Vanilla + Peaches + 1 tsp cinnamon for that antioxidant boost!
6. Grilled Peaches & Ice Cream
Basic AF, but soooooo delicious!
7. Peach-Habanero Jam
5 peaches, skin on, cut into quarters, pitted
3 habaneros, cut in half, seeded
2 Tbsp lemon juice
57 grams fruit pectin powder
5 cups granulated sugar
Sterilize jars and lids/rings in hot water.
Combine peaches and habaneros in blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a large pot, add lemon juice & fruit pectin. Stir well and bring to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, stir constantly, boiling for another 5 minutes.
Add the sugar, ands tire well to combine. Bring to a rolling boil over medium high heat. Once you have achieved the rolling boil, continues to cook for one minute.
Remove from heat, fill your jars, leaving about 1/4" of space. Loosely cover the jars with lid + snap ring. Tighten 3/4 of the way.
Fill another large pot with water, add jars of jam, and bring to a boil. Boil for 20 minutes, then carefully remove jars, being careful to keep them vertical. Allow them to rest on a flat surface for 24 hours - you will hear the popping sound of your jars being sealed. If any do not seal (you can press down on the top and they make a popping sound), store in the refrigerator to be used within a few weeks. Otherwise, sealed jars may be tightened fully and kept in dry storage at room temperature for up to a year.
What's your favorite way to use fresh local peaches? Comment below - Taking suggestions!