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If you buy peaches at the right time, there is nothing better than eating them plain. Almost nothing. Read on for 10 more things to do with peaches.
Blend a half cup of yogurt, half cup of milk, some sweetener, and a half cup of peeled, chopped peaches for a delicious smoothie.
2. Make peach cobbler.
Simply peel and slice the peaches, toss with sugar and a tablespoon or so of flour, and arrange them on the bottom of a baking dish. Top with a crisp topping, which can contain (a la Alice Waters) nuts, flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, a little salt, cinnamon, and pats of butter. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 50 minutes.
3. Boil them down for peach jelly.
Peel and chop peaches, place them in a pot, add a couple cups of sugar, and simmer and stir for up to an hour, until peaches have softened. Use this jelly within a couple weeks.
4. Use them for salsa.
Take your favorite homemade salsa recipe. Substitute peeled, chopped peaches for the tomatoes. Done. (The usual ingredients are lemon juice, some salt, chopped onion, and sometimes garlic or cumin.)
5. Have broiled peaches.
Take a page from Mark Bittman’s book and broil peaches for a delectable treat. Halve the peaches and pit them. Lay them carefully on their rounded sides. Put a pat of butter and some honey in each peach cavity. Broil for less than 20 minutes, keeping an eye on them. Some people like them with blackened edges, but you might want to try taking them out a little sooner than that the first time.
6. Eat peaches with fresh blueberry sauce.
Again, this idea is adapted from Mark Bittman. You will need to get hold of the best peaches from the best market at the best time. Same goes for the blueberries. Peel and slice the peaches. Puree the blueberries with a bit of lemon zest and some sweetener. Pour the blueberry sauce on a dish and serve the peach slices on top.
7. Make a peach pie!
8. Poach the peaches.
9. Slice peaches on yogurt.
Peaches on yogurt, with or without granola, make a great breakfast.
10. Have some to-die-for peach ice cream.
Buy, find, or use your own ice cream maker. Follow the instructions to make peach ice cream. Though it may be a lot of effort, I have never yet found another food item to top the experience of eating homemade peach ice cream.