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Peach Salsa

27 Aug
Peach Salsa

Peachy Keen and Spicy, too

We’ve had what felt like an epic heat wave in Los Angeles recently, so recipes that don’t involve actual cooking are more than welcome in my kitchen.  This is a great salsa recipe to have in your back pocket – it is so ridiculously easy and delicious!  It puts juicy summer peaches in the forefront, giving them some tang and some spice to complement the sweetness.  This salsa goes incredibly well with chicken soft tacos (which is how we had it), but you could just have it with chips if you want!  Or eat it with a spoon, I won’t tell.

Peaches are a great source of vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber.  They offer antioxidants to ward off inflammation and aging.  What’s not to love?  And of course, they are in season right now.

Peach Salsa

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large peach, pitted and diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, finely minced
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • pinch of salt

METHOD:

  1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and toss together.  Let sit for at least 30 minutes, preferably no longer than 2 hours, before serving.
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Nectarine Peach Galette

16 Jun

still life

There is a dearth of desserts on this blog.  I know it, you might know it, we all probably know it.  Well it’s time to rectify that.

Yesterday I wanted pie.  I also had a fruit bowl filled with nectarines and peaches.  What’s a girl to do?  Make a nectarine peach galette.  I fully admit that I cheated and used a pre-made pie crust today.  I’m usually not a big fan of that type of shortcut, but when you want pie on a Wednesday night, it’s what you have to resort to.  If you’re making this on, oh, say a Sunday afternoon, then please make your own pie crust.  You can find a great recipe for pie crust here.  If you want to cheat like me, please just make sure there are no scary chemicals or hydrogenated so-and-so’s in your pie crust.  There are some really good quality all-butter pie crusts out there, the kind that come rolled up in a tube.  They’re yummy.

But back to this galette.  It features a combination of nectarines and peaches, both of which are definitely in season right now, and both of which are low in calories yet very high in vitamins and minerals.

For this galette, you don’t want super juicy squishy peaches and nectarines.  If you use slightly firmer ones, they will maintain their shape and won’t melt into oblivion when you bake the galette.   Oh and in case you wonder why I keep using this fancy French word, a galette is a free-form or flat pie.  It doesn’t require a pie dish, or much artistry at all.  It’s great for the lazy Wednesday night pie.

Nectarine Peach Galette

browned and lovely

INGREDIENTS:

  • one fresh 9-inch rolled-out pie crust
  • 3 small nectarines, thinly sliced into wedges
  • 2 small peaches, thinly sliced into wedges
  • 1/4 cup finely ground almond flour (or ground almonds)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp butter, cut into small pieces

METHOD:

1.  Get the pie crust out of the fridge and bring to room temperature.  Preheat oven to 400, and line a baking sheet with parchment.

2.  In a large bowl, stir together the nectarines, peaches, almond flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, agave, and lemon juice.

3.  Place the pie crust on the parchment paper, and load the nectarine-peach mixture into the center of the pie crust, leaving a 1.5″ (approximately) border.  Fold up the edges of the crust around the pie, creating cute pleats here and there just for fun.  Dot the top of the fruit with the cut-up butter.

4.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the crust is golden-brown.  Let cool at least half an hour before serving.