Recipe: Peach Crostata with Spiced Marscarpone

 

When Labor Day passes and hot days are on the wane, we always find that our trips to the farmers' market start to resemble a contact sport: everyone is urgently lunging for dwindling tomatoes and fruit, desperate to savor anything that hints at summer. And if we do manage to emerge from the chaos with some coveted produce, we want to use our haul in low-effort, big-flavor dishes that will hold us over until next July.

 

If you manage to snatch up some end-of-season peaches (or any other stone fruit, for that matter), this no-frills crostata from Mike Isabella is a more than worthy application. Isabella tosses peach slices in a spice mixture of toasted allspice, juniper berries, and black peppercorns, then nestles them in a pleated sheet of standard-issue pie dough. (Use your food processor to make it in minutes.) He then folds the remaining seasonings into whipped and sweetened mascarpone,... Read more >

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Recipe: Peach Tarte Tatin

Recipe for peach tarte tatin, courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

 

For a high-summer spin on classic tarte tatin, chef Corey Heyer of central New Jersey's Bernards Inn trades apples for juicy peaches. The variation doesn't stop there: instead of cooking the fruit over a layer of sugar and butter, Heyer makes the caramel separately, then adds the peaches and simmers them until puckery. The fruit is then transferred to a pie dish and draped with a sheet of puff pastry before baking. In keeping with tradition, there's still the swift drama of flipping the pan and the big reveal of the tarte's fruit-bejeweled face.

 

The recipe may not sit well with purists, but that just leaves more for us. (And sooner than we know it, there will be plenty of time for apples.)

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August's Best Recipes

Fried Peaches with Cinnamon Ice CreamNicholas Farina's fried peaches with cinnamon ice cream

Here are our recipe tester’s favorite recipes from the past month:

Warm Sheep's Milk Feta with Apricot Tapenade If you can find it, use sheep's milk feta cheese in this unique starter from Israeli chef Erez Komarovsky. Its sweetness provides a strong foil to the puckery tartness of the roasted and dried apricots. Summer Ratatouille Bruschetta with Pecorino Yankee Stadium chef Kevin Harry rounds up the fleeting flavors of summer in this delicious recipe for classic bruschetta.

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Recipe: Fried Peaches with Cinnamon Ice Cream

Fried Peaches with Cinnamon Ice Cream It’s hard to improve upon a perfectly ripe peach—an earthly boon that Alice Waters champions as “the most delicious food”—but Nicholas Farina’s recipe for fried peaches might just manage it. The chef of Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar batters up juicy yellow peach halves and fries them until golden and gently crispy, then crowns them with scoops of custardy cinnamon ice cream. It's a tasty dessert that’s sure to test all minimalist resolves.

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Market Haul: August 15

market haul

Today’s market haul includes sweet-as-candy Sungold tomatoes, beautiful Nicola potatoes, Swiss chard, and green peppers, that scourge of CSA boxes everywhere. (Beg to differ? Tell us why. Michael Ruhlman is with me on this one.)

The Haul: Nicola potatoes, Sungold cherry tomatoes, long green peppers, green bell peppers, Swiss chard, parsley, Asian eggplant, lettuce, nectarines, yellow peaches, donut peaches, and white peaches

The Menu Ideas:
Babbo’s Pasta with Sungold Tomatoes [NYM]
A summertime staple in our house, this oh-so-simple pasta is even more delicious with cubes of fresh mozzarella thrown in.

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Peach Recipes

peaces In case your next farmers’ market haul leaves you with more of these fuzz-cloaked fruits than you can manage to eat out of hand, we’ve got a few recipes that make the most of their intense and juicy sweetness. Peach Galette This pretty, rustic tart from JBF vice president Mitchell Davis brims with layers of syrupy peaches and blanched almonds, all tucked within a no-fuss, free-form shell. Peaches and Cream In this reconsidered classic, JBF Award winner Thomas Keller macerates peaches in lemon juice and balsamic vinegar, then dollops them with whipped mascarpone cream for a taste of summer unlike one you’ve ever had. Peach Shortcake with Sherried Whipped Cream James

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Eye Candy: White Peach and Opal Basil Sorbet

White Peach and Opal Basil Sorbet

At a recent Beard House dinner, Tom Carlin served this white peach and opal basil sorbet as an intermezzo. Chef Carlin's dinner was an ode to the peach, and featured the fruit in every course.

You can view more photos here.

(Want to make this at home? Get the recipe here!)

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