Peaches are one of the true gems of summer! Whether grilled or baked, used to flavour salsa or bbq sauce, or just simply preserved in syrup, the number of ways to prepare and enjoy these gorgeous golden fruits is infinite. It’s no big secret that I am a fan of desserts and this is one of my favourite indulgences come the late summer months. I love this recipe as it allows for a variety of accent flavours to match any taste or mood. Have some fresh lavender in the garden? Try sprinkling it lightly into the peach mixture for a hint of floral essence. A passion for cinnamon? Equally as tasty! Whatever combinations you create, I am sure this recipe will become one of your summer “go-to’s” and a family favourite for years to come.
Makes 6 servings
- 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) flour
- 1/4 tsp (1.2 mL) salt
- 1 1/2 Tbsp (22 mL) sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp (11.2 mL) baking powder
- 6 Tbsp (90 mL) butter, cold cut in cubes
- 3/4 cup (187 mL) whipping cream,cold
- 4 cups (1 L) peeled 1″ thick sliced peaches
Mix dry ingredients together. Rub in the butter with your fingers until sand-like texture is formed.
Season fruit to taste with sugar or honey – approximately 2 Tbsp.(30 mL) – and lemon, cinnamon, lavender or whatever strikes your fancy.
Add the cream to the dry ingredient/butter mixture and mix until all ingredients are combined. Roll out dough to 1/4′ thickness and use cookie cutters to cut into shapes. Lay shapes on top of peaches and tuck any extra dough into the empty spaces. Brush dough with extra whip cream and sprinkle sugar on top to give it a lovely glow.Bake in a 350 oven for approximately 45 mins or until brown and bubbly.
Eat warm with lots of vanilla or caramel ice cream! Happy Summer!