Today was the perfect kind of day for going to our local peach orchard; sunny, not too humid, and a bit breezy. My two younger sons and I made the drive west on Highway 80, enjoying the rural scenery; cows, rusty old barns, beautiful old trees, and the occasional tiny town with its gas station, Dollar Store, and local restaurants. I love it. There’s something freeing about getting outside and driving through the countryside, Sonic drink in hand.
We reached Ham’s Orchard and noticed right away that it was busy; lots of people in and out of the store, lots of cars coming and going, searching for shady spots under trees in which to park. We found ourselves a shady spot, and walked inside.
The boys were most willing to join me on this little adventure because I told them about the homemade peach ice cream. It’s really great, and I think their strawberry is even better!
I got a big box of peaches to take home, and am planning something special with them; jam, preserves, frozen slices….I don’t know. I’m researching that tonight!
In the meantime, I threw together this quick dessert:
First, I pulled a box of puff pastry out of the freezer. It’s from Pepperidge Farms and can be easily found at many grocery stores in the freezer section. I let one of the pastry sheets thaw for forty minutes, then rolled it out thinly on a lightly floured counter top. I cut it into eight equal(ish) rectangles, put them on a cookie sheet, and then brushed them with an egg white and water mixture. I then sprinkled them with sugar, and baked at 400 degrees for about nine minutes, until they were lightly browned. I cooled them on a cooling rack.
While they were baking, I had started a nice peach sauce:
Four cups of sliced peaches
one cup of sugar
1/4 cup water
I combined all of this in a large saucepan and brought it to a boil, then simmered it for ten minutes or so.
To assemble, I placed a rectangle of pastry on a small plate, then topped with a generous scoop of the peach mixture, then another pastry rectangle, then whipped cream on top.
It was well-received by the guys. 🙂 I hope you like it, too!