It could be me but I’m pretty sure peaches around the world pulled some worldwide coup and secretively brainwashed the foodie blogger universe into cooking up recipes where peaches took center stage. I’m pretty sure their evil nefarious plan started unfolding in early August with world domination to occur by the end of the month. Call me paranoid, (yes I do believe in little green men, and blue ones), perhaps I’m way over the coo-coo’s nest but it seemed a bit unusual to see all the peach recipes popping up in the last couple of weeks.
Perhaps it was like that whole “Field Of Dreams” voice “Cook with peaches Tara.” (Did they ever tell us who the voice was?)
They started popping up in my email, then on Twitter, in my RSS reader, even my own head.
1. “Peaches n Cream Breakfast” via The Village Cook ~ 2. “Peach Yogurt Smoothie” via With Grace & Style” ~ 3. “Peach Crisp” via The Merry Gourmet ~ 4. “Peach Shortcake” via David Lebovitz ~ 5. “Sugar Roasted Peaches” via How Sweet Eats ~ 6. “Chai Peach Pie” via Cheeky Kitchen ~ 7. “Peach Cobbler” via The Baking Bar ~ 8. “Ginger Peach Granola Squares” via The Brown Eyed Baker ~ 9. “Peach & Raspberry Crisp” via Baking With Brittney
I can’t remember all the recipes I saw posted, but after the first several I started to take notice. Perhaps peaches were feeling unloved. Perhaps they’re protesting the waning days of Summer and trying to hold on to that Summer lovin’ a little longer.
Did you cook something with peaches? Did you hear “the voice”? All I’m sure of, is the peaches were out for world domination. It wasn’t only food bloggers with thousands of readers or others with only a few. They were all affected and cooking with peaches. From Paris, to England, to Canada and the US, peaches wanted to be heard. These are just a few of the ones I remembered and cooks of the Earth were creating dishes from the classic cobblers to the unique and creative.
10. “Summery Peach Salad” via Cooking Whims ~ 11. “Peachy Bourbon Crumble Cupcakes” via Buttercream Blondie ~ 12. “Peaches & Cream Frozen Cocktail” via Dine & Dish ~ 13. “Peach Jam” via A Sweet Baker ~ 14. “Peach Cupcakes” via Taste N Tell Blog ~ 15. “Raspberry Peach Hazelnut Eton Mess” via The Little Loaf
I know I could really go for one of those Peaches and Cream cocktails Kristen of “Dine N Dish” mixed up. Pairing that with a Peachy Bourbon cupcake would definitely not be smart for me since I happen to be far beyond the feather-weight class of alcohol drinkers. I’m more in the helium-weight class and one cocktail and half a cupcake later and I’d most likely be sitting fully clothed in a bathtub of water singing some horrid rendition of “Row Row Row Your Boat”. (don’t ask, I’m not telling).
Personally the blog post and name alone of the “Mess” created by The Little Loaf is one of my favorites. Only because in describing the contents of her freezer I couldn’t help but think she’s secretively rummaged through mine, and perhaps the name of her recipe more than slightly describes me at times…. a mess.
Well I have to say, if peaches wanted to get get noticed, I would definitely say they accomplished their goal quite magnanimously these past weeks.
Admittedly they invaded my psyche as well and like the lastest victim to fall prey to the “Zombie Apocalypse” I found myself pondering (obsessing really, like an instant case of ODD, as if ADD wasn’t enough) about making a peach dessert. Especially when I received that huge box of Walker’s Shortbread cookies. Ya may sorta remember me mentioning they sent a couple of boxes of these Ginger Shortbread biscuits that smelled (yes ok I admit it, and tasted) incredible. I needed to make something with ginger cookies and peaches.
I waited and let the assimilation of peach domination take hold and ferment and suddenly, there is was.
A week before I had been walking through my grocers produce, heading to the tomatoes, focused on my goal, a girl on a mission when I stopped cold. My little nose caught the most powerful aroma of peaches. I looked down and low and behold the most beautiful peaches on the planet were just there; their invisible tendrils reaching out to me saying “Take us home.” Under their trance, of course I did.
It was after I had purchased a ridiculous amount of peaches I was standing at my fridge wondering what in the world I was going to do with so many. Then the box of Walker’s came and their plan came together. The recipe came to me, peach bread pudding with ginger cookie streusel..
And I made it. And it was good.
The truth is I love peaches, intensely, and if they wanted extra attention they really could have just knocked on my door and simple asked to come in and live me with. Whatever their chosen method, if it results in a plethora of incredible peach recipes, I’m happy to do my part and oblige.
Peaches of the world, stand up and be heard; foodie bloggers humbly applaud you.
- ¾ cup Light brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup All purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon Baking powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ½ Butter, unsalted, softened
- 1 cup Ginger cookies, crumbled
- ½ cup Pecans, chopped
- 1 cup All purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons Baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup Milk
- ½ cup Butter, unsalted & melted
- 1½ cup Peaches, sliced (skinned or skin on)
- ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Combine flour, baking powder & salt with whisk.
- Mix in sugar and butter with a fork until crumbly.
- Add cookies and pecans.
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Combine flour, nutmeg, baking powder and salt thoroughly with a whisk.
- Add sugar, vanilla & milk, stirring until just blended. Mixture will be a bit lumpy.
- Whisk in melted butter.
- Pour mixture into a 9x9 pan lightly buttered or greased.
- Top with peaches.
- Sprinkle with streusel topping.
- Bake 45-55 minutes until bubbly or knife inserted comes out slightly moist.
- Serve topped with ice cream.