Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Peachy Keen

Peach tree leaves turning bright yellow in late fall.

The Henry County Soil & Water Conservation District is having their 2010 Fall Tree Sale. Call 309-9375263, Ext. 3 for details. Order deadline September 20, 2010.

Since several of my fruit trees are from the HCSWCD and National Peach Pie Day will soon be here and fresh peaches are abundant right now:

Peach-Mascarpone Crostatas
by Karin Calloway "Viking Kitchen Chef"

1 15-ounce package refrigerated pie crust dough, at room temperature
3 large, ripe peaches
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 egg white, beaten

Additional sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Remove pie crusts from packaging and squeeze both crusts together. Roll into a 12-inch long, 3-inch wide, 1/2-inch high rectangle and cut into 6 2-inch pieces. Roll one piece into a ball, and then roll out into a 5-inch circle on parchment paper. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and continue with remaining pie crust dough. Set aside while you prepare the peaches.

Peel peaches, slice in half and remove seeds. Place peach halves in a bowl, sprinkle with lemon juice and stir gently. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar, the flour and cinnamon over peach halves and stir gently to coat all peaches with dry ingredients. Set aside.

Place mascarpone cheese in a bowl and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of sweetened mascarpone cheese into the hollow of one of the peach halves. Center peach half filled-side down on one of the pastry circles. Brush dough with the beaten egg white and crimp dough around the peach. Continue with remaining peaches. Brush outside of all 6 crostatas with remaining egg white and sprinkle outside crusts with granulated sugar.

Bake for 30 minutes. Serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve cold.Makes 6 crostatas.
Note: Ricotta or cottage cheese as successful substitute for Mascarpone by whipping the cheese until it is smooth. Or: Blend 8 ounces softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup whipping cream. Neither of these will be as rich but they both work.

Most fruit trees need full sun. Only plant those that are adaptable to your cold hardiness Zone. If you don't have a lot of space, consider dwarf varieties. Peach trees look pretty in the spring because of the flowers, in the summer because of the thin emerald green leaves, and in the fall because of the PEACHES - yea.

According to the Dole Company: A medium size peach has a mere 40 calories, and it contains no fat, sodium, or cholesterol. It provides 2% of the daily requirements of vitamin A and 10% of the daily requirements of vitamin C.

Peach trees require good drainage or their roots die. Most peach trees are self pollinating so you can just plant one if you want.

Although it may take your peach tree several years to produce peaches, the wait will be worth it for that juicy wonderful treat. A pretty peachy keen treat!

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