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Peaches

Maybe the it’s the bit of short fuzzy hair left on my head that is causing peaches to be on my mind these days. Maybe it’s just a coincidence.  In any case I have come to the conclusion there is no better way to get a serving of fruits and vegetables than a freshly picked peach, still warm from the summer sun.

Peach on the Tree

One is good, two are even better.

Peaches on the Tree

In fact at times I’ve found myself wondering if the “Five a Day” serving recommendation can be fulfilled by eating five peaches a day.  They are that good.

Peaches in a Basket

Is there such a thing as too many peaches?

Branch Loaded with Peaches

Looks like there is.

Broken Branch With Peaches

Does your life ever feel like this?

Broken Branch

Sometimes before we realize it we find ourselves straining under the load of too many good things.  It sure is difficult to prune back perfectly good branches that seem to be bearing much fruit.  Yet holding back on the pruning shears can sometime result in heartache later.

Some of that fruit never ripened to usefulness, but instead of crying over what was lost we have enjoyed what we did receive.  In addition to enjoying their straight-from-the-tree goodness we tried a couple of new recipes.  I was lured by some beautiful photos to try my hand at a recipe from Martha Stewart Living.    

Martha Stewart Living Magazine The Peach-Custard Pie  from the June edition of her magazine was quite tasty despite some difficulty I had with managing the cooking time. I followed the recipe instructions to cover the crust during part of the baking to keep it from overbrowning, but still felt that it turned out to be a tad overdone.  The handmade Pate Brisee crust was a bit of trouble and initially seemed to turn out so well, so I was saddened by the slightly too crispy outcome. 

Recipe Page

No pictures of my finished product, but Martha’s version is lovely isn’t it?

Magazine Pic of Peach Pie

Despite my struggles with cooking time the pie received my husband’s approval due to the not-too-sweet-peachy custard goodness. 

Basket with Peaches

While looking for a yummy yet healthy treat I found a recipe for Peach Pie Muffins at this food blog, How Sweet It Is

Making Peach Muffins

The recipe called for 2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour.  Plain old whole wheat flour was what I had on hand, so it had to suffice.

Muffins in the Making

Next, the ordinary ingredients like 1/3 cup of sugar, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and one egg.

Mixing Ingredients

Best of all was the healthy stuff such as Greek yogurt, unsweetened applesauce, vanilla extract, and of course, peaches.

Adding Yogurt to Mix

We scooped ours into mini muffin tins. 

Scooping Muffins

Sadly, most of these left my house to feed some hungry folks with a new baby in the house, so writing this is giving me the urge to give this recipe another try.  I hope there are still some peaches left on that tree!

One Comment

  1. Posted 22 Jun ’11 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Laura – What a beautiful peach tree! I’m a little jealous – we don’t have peaches up here yet, but we will soon! We use our basket that you brought us from Zambia for our fruit too… it’s neat to see the common threads. Love like an ocean, katrina

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