Friday, August 14, 2009

Peach Dessert at Smolak Farms Peach Festival

Don't you love fresh peaches? I certainly do and you can often find some excellent peach desserts at local restaurants.

In celebration of the peach harvest season, Culinary Director of Burtons Grill, Denise Baron will be presenting her special peach dessert at Smolak Farms Peach Festival on August, 22 2009. Smolak Farms offers their fresh seasonal fruit featuring 40 different varieties such as: yellow peaches, white peaches and nectarines. Smolak Farms is located at 315 South Bradford Street, North Andover.

Chef Baron will be sharing her special peach dessert recipe with attendees during a special demonstration at the farm from 12:30-1:30pm. Chef Baron will use Smolak Farms peaches to prepare her stewed peaches, which are delicately placed over coconut gelato and paired with shortbread cookies.

If you can't make this event, why not try Chef Baron’s recipe at home.

Stewed Peaches with Coconut Gelato & Shortbread Cookies

6 Freestone Peaches
3 Tbsp Butter, Unsalted
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
Pinch Kosher Salt
Pinch Black Pepper
Pinch Cinnamon
12 Shortbread Cookies
6 Scoops Coconut Gelato

1. Drop peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds and drop them into an ice bath immediately after. Remove the skins.
2. Cut peaches in half and remove the pit.
3. Place the cut side up in an oven proof pan.
4. Mix: butter, brown sugar, salt, pepper and cinnamon. Evenly distribute butter in center of peaches (pit area).
5. Put a 1/4 cup of water in bottom of the pan and place pan in oven at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Remove, serve warm or let cool to room temperature your choice!
6. To serve: place 2 peach halves in a shallow bowl with a scoop of coconut gelato and 2 shortbread cookies per serving.
Note: Peaches can be made ahead of time and reheated in a microwave.

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