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What is a peach?
A peach is a fruit with a flesh outside that contains a pit center. The peach is apart of the drupe classification, which has many fruits containing the pit center and flesh outside. the peach is closely related to the nectarine which is the same color as a peach but has no fuzz on the outside. Peaches usually come in the color orange and red, usually round, and taste juicy and full of water. One important characteristic that makes peaches able to identify is their fuzzy and squishy outside.
Peaches are usually eaten raw but can be cooked. Fruit salad often includes peaches. The most common way of cooking peaches is in baking due to the sweetness of the fruit.
1 ¼ cups flour, divided
1 cup sugar, divided
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, cut into small cubes
4 cups sliced peaches (about 2 to 3 pounds)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon peel
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking dish.
2. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup flour, ½ cup sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add butter and cut in with fork or potato masher, until the mixture resembles cornmeal.
3. In a large bowl, combine peaches, ½ cup sugar, ¼ cup flour, lemon juice, and lemon peel. Toss well to coat. Spoon evenly into prepared baking dish.
4. Sprinkle flour mixture over peaches and cover. Bake 15 minutes, remove cover, and bake 40 minutes, until golden brown and bubbling. Cool 10 minutes before serving.
1 cup crushed peaches
1 cup sugar
½ cup water
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
One nine-inch baked pie crust
4 cups fresh peach slices
Ice cream, for serving
1. In a medium pot, combine crushed peaches, sugar, water, cornstarch, and butter. Cook over medium heat until clear and thick, stirring to prevent burning. Set aside to cool.
2. Arrange peach slices evenly over bottom of pie crust. Pour cooled peach mixture over sliced peaches. Chill thoroughly and serve with ice cream.
2 cups milk
2 cups breadcrumbs
¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 medium eggs, beaten
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups thinly sliced fresh peaches (about 1 to 2 pounds)
Ice cream, for serving
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a casserole dish.
2. Place milk in a small pot over medium heat; bring to a gentle boil and remove from heat. Place breadcrumbs in a large bowl; add hot milk to bowl. Add butter and beat with an electric mixer until well combined.
3. Add sugar, eggs, and cinnamon; beat well. Fold peaches into mixture.
4. Transfer mixture to prepared casserole pan; bake 60 minutes, remove, and cool 15 minutes.
5. Serve with ice cream.
History of Peaches
- Peaches originated in ancient China and spread throughout Asia.
- Alexander the Great introduced the fruit to Europe when he conquered Persia.
- The peach was brought to the Americas by Spanish explorers in the 16th century.
- The peach finally made its way to England and France in the 1700's.