[Guest blog post by Debra Hempe]
Ahhhh, the last day of summer.
It’s a swealtering one here, too, peaking at 92 degrees this afternoon! Here’s to hoping for some deliciously sweet, cool fall weather soon.
Speaking of deliciously sweet, we have the privilege of sharing an amazing peach recipe with you from the kitchen of Ms. Debra Hempe! Debbi has grown with Stark Bro’s since 2008, and while she doesn’t grow peaches, yet, they’re on her list. I first “met” Debbi through Twitter — she sports herself as @vagablonde515 — and then on Stark Bro’s Facebook page. One day, we started chatting about food cravings on Twitter… and the recipes she mentioned just made my mouth water! Come to find out, Debbi is a Top Chef in her own right, preparing masterful dishes for both personal and entertainment pleasure. I asked if she’d be willing to share a recipe for our blog, and what do you know… she wrote a whole post. What a sweetheart! If you like this recipe, you can tell Debbi via Twitter, or by visiting her delicious Blog, Smart Cooking.
With fall just around the corner, I’m greedily hanging on to a few of the flavors that have made my summer especially sweet. Could anything celebrate the glory of summer more that the fragrant, succulent peach?! Friends of ours planted peach trees this year, and I wondered why I was not doing the same. I imagined the feeling of harvesting fruit from my own trees for our morning oatmeal or for a grilled peach compliment to our summer barbeques. Peaches are a staple at our house all summer long, but this year has been especially peachy. Just as in our grandmother’s day, several friends and I spent a sunny afternoon exchanging family memories of canning peaches and making jams and jellies. We smiled, imagining how we would savor their sweet deliciousness on some cold February day. My most requested fruit treat always seems to be my peach tart. Not only is it easy to prepare, but it’s also a beautiful dessert to bring to a dinner party!
Preparing a basic Pâte Brisée crust
1. To a food processor, add:
2. Quickly pulse to blend, then add:
Mix till you get a crumbly dough and the butter is coated with flour and looks pea-sized, then carefully add ice water (not ice) slowly, just enough to make the dough come together in a ball.
Remove dough & form a disc that you wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. <— Very important step!
3. After the 2 hours is over:
At this point, I refrigerate the crust while I prepare the peaches.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
5. When cool enough to handle:
For a special twist (optional)
After it is out of the oven
Apricot glaze (optional — till you try it, then you’ll always want to use it!):
Enjoy this slice of summer with family and friends! ~ Debra