Peach Muffins - It's A

It’s peach season here in my area and we love peaches!

So we headed out to pick peaches and the girls and I had to refrain from picking more than I knew this downsized clan could eat. They were so ripe and juicy and just wanting to be picked and put into our baskets.

Peaches! - It's A

If you have peaches in your area, I want to encourage you to take an afternoon and go pick some with your kiddos; what a memorable time you will have!

Back home, we enjoyed them lots of yummy ways.

Sliced Peaches! - It's A

First we just enjoyed a bowl full of fresh sliced juicy peaches! To skin them, we drop them in boiling water for 2-3 minutes and then instantly drop them in icy cold water; the skin will just slip right off easily. Slice them in half, remove the pit and slice the halves into a bowl. They were so sweet and juicy they hardly needed any sweetener.

Peach Bread Loaf - It's A

Then we diced some up and made a yummy peach bread and drizzled it with a powdered sugar glaze. This was so yummy you have to try this recipe. And of course, I had to try them made into muffins for breakfast the next day!

Peach Muffins - It's A

Peach Muffins or Bread

4 C flour
1 ¾ C sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 2/3 C orange juice (or half juice and half milk)
4 Tbsp. palm shortening – softened  (or butter)
2 eggs

Beat together until well mixed on low (or just stir well) and then gently stir in 2 cups fresh diced Peaches (slightly drained).

Bake at 325 in greased pans (3 mini loaves or 18 muffins). Bake 35–45 minutes until toothpick tests done. Cool well and glaze with a thick glaze of powdered sugar and water.

Another favorite is peach soup served in a pretty fruit dish and swirled with some strawberry puree which can quickly be made in the vitamix with a handful of strawberries.

Peach Soup - It's A

Peach Soup

3 C fresh or frozen peaches, thawed
10 fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 C peach nectar
1 C plain yogurt
¼ C sugar
¾ tsp. almond extract

Place strawberries in  Vitamix blender with 2 Tbsp. sugar; cover and process until smooth. Put puree in a frosting bag but don’t cut the tip yet; place in refrigerator until ready to squeeze on top of the chilled soup. Rinse Vitamix blender container out and now place pitted peach halves and lemon juice in the Vitamix blender; cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl; stir in nectar, yogurt, sugar, and extract. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.  Now for garnish, drizzle 1 Tbsp. strawberry puree in a circle Now to form the circle into a  flower on top of each serving you just use a toothpick to draw six lines towards the center of the circle, forming a flower.  You can also squeeze on a heart shape or make other fun swirls on top instead of the flower.  The soup and puree both can be made the day ahead and stored in the refrig until serving time. Makes about 8 servings of a half cup each, which fills a dessert cup about perfect.

Fresh peaches are yummy all by themselves or with a scoop of cottage cheese. My husband’s favorite is fresh peaches ladled over a dish of vanilla ice cream!

Peaches! - It's A

However you decide to eat them, enjoy them!
Delightfully Yours, Annette

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