Peachy Keen

  • Posted: 5/29/20

May is the beginning of peach season!  And, it continues until late September, with peach season is at its peak in July and August. 
That makes summer truly peachy keen for me for peaches are one of my most favorite stone fruit! What's your favorite summer fruit?
Peaches are so versatile - they are delicious eaten out-of-hand, or baked in all sorts of recipes or even grilled! Peaches can be frozen for long term keeping.

Choosing peaches at the supermarket can be tricky because they are highly perishable and bruise very easily.  
If you expect to enjoy them within two days, look for peaches that are soft when light pressure is applied, not too hard, unblemished and possess a slightly sweet aroma. If you are purchasing fruit to eat later in the week, peaches that are firm to the touch will ripen within three to four days.
Storing unripe peaches in a paper bag at room temperature for a few days will ripen them. Store out of direct sunlight. Note: Peaches with a greenish color were picked before they matured and will never ripen. Once ripe, peaches can be stored in the refrigerator for three to five days, but it will change their texture and flavor. However, it’s best not to buy more peaches than you plan to use right away. Rinse peaches in cold water just before using.

No summer meal is complete without baking our Classic Double Crust Peach Pie or Classic Peach Pie Recipes, and we have the best peach recipes here on!  
Our style is to present almost every recipe in a step-by-step tutorial-learning style, with ample color photos; that's so you can learn how to bake and/or pick-up extra baking skils and knowledge on our extensive baking website.

For a large event, we've created the Nectarine or Peach Cobbler Potluck Pie Recipe
This fail safe recipe is perfect for a potluck or a picnic. I have made it several times, and it is perfect with different types of stone fruit, especially nectarines or peaches, or with the fresh or frozen berries, or a mix.
It is adapted from Gladys Potter, Rick Bayless's grandmother. She was acclaimed in the family for this dessert.
We have added a lot of detailed information, and step-by-step explanations with 30 color photos to her recipe, so you can understand it better. We have also included a mini-tutorial on how to make a lattice top crust.

Fun homemade pie recipes to make are our Peach Melba Mini Skillet Pies. Kelly, a long-time contributor to this baking site, made hers from frozen fresh peaches she had in her freezer.
She says: Suddenly, I remembered the peaches I tucked away in my freezer...peaches from my friend's backyard tree. So I thought: PIE! Peaches, raspberries, flaky crust, all tucked into the cute little cast iron skillets Sarah and I have fallen in love with. Pie for one. Fruity, sweet and delicious."

For beginner pie bakers, try our Fresh Peach Galette Tutorial. One of the simplest pie pastry dessert recipes you can make with fresh fruit is a galette.
It is a free-form rustic tart, that is a marvelous blend of elegant and casual. We've included a mini-tutorial with it on How To Blanch, Peel and Slice - Peaches and Stone Fruit.

Eating a juicy, ripe peach out-of-hand is mainly the way to go. But, if you have too many, or they start going bad on your kitchen countertop, if you're like me, you don't like to waste food.
Beside overripe peaches tend to lose their flavor and texture. They're perfect to use in baking!

I love to make our Oven Roasted Stone Fruit Recipe. It's so simple and easy to do, yet so satisfying and flavorful.
It's a great recipe to use just if you want to bring out the flavor of the fruit to a new heightened level. It's also great to do if your fruit doesn't have a lot of flavor, or is slightly under or over ripe because roasting brings out the flavor, and also softens it if underripe.
Roasted fruit is great to use in a dessert such as over ice cream, with cake slices, or eaten for breakfast, such as spooned on top of yogurt or stirred into cereal. I found that there's no need to pit stone fruit in advance; after roasting, the pit will come out easily!
The possibilities for roasted stone fruit are endless, especially if you just want to eat it alone as a snack or side dish!

Terrified of making a pie? For beginners, the Peach Cobbler Recipe can't be beat. 
And, for hot days, when you don't feel like turning on your oven, there's always the Frozen Peach Yogurt Pops Recipe.
The Poached Peaches in White Wine with Biscuits are simply divine!
Grill your peaches and add them to recipes!

I hope that your summer is peachy keen, and that you have fun baking delicious peach recipes.
Remember that frozen peaches can be used if you don't have fresh! Canned peaches can be substituted for fresh peaches in recipes such as pies, crisps and cobblers.Make sure they do not have added sugar.
If they do, you'll need to adjust the recipe.

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