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Peach-Cherry-Apple Crisp

Posted by fourclankitchen on July 16, 2011


The horrendous Texas drought has made the peaches extra-sweet this year.  Since it is one of our few outstanding local fruits (the other being grapefruit), I have been in the peach zone for about 2 months now.  The item on today’s menu is a peach-cherry crisp or what the heck do you do with cherries not good enough to eat as is, but not bad enough to warrant a trip to the compost pile.  So this crisp emerged as the compromise dessert of the week, relying on no one source and evolving as it went along.

The results were absolutely delicious, if less than perfectly esthetic.  I substituted some almond meal for flour and used a mix of brown and white sugar.  Once I had added in the almond meal, I decided to add some almond extract to the filling.  I had read somewhere that the pectin from apple helps bind fruit, making it less soupy, so I grated in an apple.  Then I added some honey to the filling to make it just a tad sweeter.  The results:  the apple did not appear to do the binding trick, so maybe one needs more apples or more flour.  But the crust was marvelous and the filling lovely.  Its what’s for dinner.

 

Ingredients: 

Topping:

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup almond meal (I used Bob’s Red Mill, but you can grind some blanched almonds in a food processor)

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 stick butter, cut into small pieces.


Filling:

4  1/2 cups of ripe peaches,  peeled and sliced thin

1  1/2 cups of sweet cherries, pitted and sliced or chopped fine (I did this in the food processor)

1 apple, cored and grated (you dont have to peel it)

1/3 cup flour (you may want to go up to 1/2 cup, if the peaches are watery)

2/3 cup sugar

Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon

Zest from 1 lime or lemon

2 tbs. honey or peach or raspberry jam

1 tsp. almond extract

Method:

1.  Preheat oven to 350˚F.

2. Make the crust.  In a food processor (or by hand), mix together all the dry ingredients for the topping.  You could add pie spices here, but I like to let the fruit speak for itself.

3. Pulse in the butter, so that the topping resembles coarse cornmeal.  Set aside.

4. Make the filling.  Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl and transfer to a deep 9″ pie plate or 8×8″ square pan.

5. Sprinkle the topping over the fruit.

6.  Cover with foil.

7.  Bake covered for about 15 min and then uncovered for 30-5 min or until the top turns brown and crisp.

8.  Serve in bowls and eat while still warm.

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Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Posted by fourclankitchen on July 3, 2011


I am in summer hoarding mode and for the last 2 weeks I have focused on all things tomato and peach.  I grabbed some roma tomatoes at the farmer’s  market this week and slow-roasted them.  The recipe was provided by my mother-in-law (JG) who has been slow-roasting tomatoes for years,  before this technique became popular. 


Ingredients:

2 lbs. plum tomatoes (12-14)
2 Tbs. olive oil
¼ tsp. salt or to taste
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves

Method:

Preheat oven to 250°. Cut the tomatoes lengthwise in half and remove the seeds by poking them out with your fingertips. Toss the tomato halves with the oil, salt, sugar, and thyme in a bowl. Spread them cut side up on a baking sheet. Bake until they are slightly browned on the edges, the skins have wrinkled and they have the texture of a soft prune, 2-3 hours. (Depending upon your tomatoes, longer times may be needed). The baking time varies depending on the ripeness and juiciness of the tomatoes.

These can be used in anything– they always make dishes better. Obviously, as long as you’re doing it, you may as well do at least a double recipe, as they freeze well, and get used in a hurry.

Update:  I now use 325˚F oven temp and slice the tomato into thirds rather than halves.  This makes the process quicker (about 2 hours).

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