Happy Summer Solstice! Nothing says summer in Texas like farm fresh peaches! If you have the opportunity to wait until Saturday for the Waco Downtown Farmer's Market to buy your peaches, I highly recommend it!
Historic Waco's bookstore houses Waco Cotton Palace Cookbook - A Legacy of Gracious Dining, which is where the first recipe comes from. It's a Southern Peach Pie, and it's a match made in heaven with a scoop of homemade vanilla!
Southern Peach Pie
4 cups fresh peeled and sliced peaches
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
Make pastry for a double crust pie. Place sliced peaches in a mixing bowl. Blend the sugar and flour. Add to peaches. Put the peach mixture in a pastry lined pie plate. Mix the lemon juice and almond extract together and pour over the peaches. Dot with cubes of butter. Add top crust and seal edges, then make 4 or 5 slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape. Bake at 425°F for 40 to 50 minutes. Serve cold or slightly warm.
If you are a traditionalist, a good ole' Southern Peach Pie might satisfy your peach craving, but if not, you may want to mix it up with our second peach recipe: peach crisp! It's great for dessert or breakfast, over Greek yogurt or with ice cream!
4 cups peaches* (or any other fruit - fresh or frozen)
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup nuts, chopped
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together oats, nuts, almond meal, syrup, and salt with a fork.
Pour peaches into an 8 x 8 pan, and then layer the topping over it.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or up to 10 minutes longer if topping and peaches are frozen, until fruit is bubbling and topping is crisp and golden.
Recipe courtesy of: Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist - She uses blueberries in her crisp recipe, but the alteration with peaches is just as yummy! In her book, Shauna Niequist focuses on stories and connections, and while they're not historically based, we find her discussions about people and life, centered around food, to resonate with us.
Tag Historic Waco in your peach recipe pictures on Instagram and Facebook to let us know how they turn out!