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Too many peaches? Make Peaches & Cream Pie

28 Aug

Came home one day last week with a gorgeous 3 L basket of Ontario peaches. I was looking forward to a week of juicy, sunny delight. However, the following day brown spots appeared on several of the fuzzy, rosy-hued fruit.

Perfectly ripe Ontario Freestone Peaches.

Perfectly ripe Ontario Freestone Peaches.

When the Orchard Goddess gives me rapidly ripening peaches, I pull out the recipe for Peaches and Cream Pie. I first enjoyed this pie at my sister-in-law Jane’s table. It’s a single-crust pie with a filling of fresh peaches combined with sour cream and crowned with a dusting of brown sugar melted under the broiler.

Peaches and Cream Pie

Peaches and Cream Pie

Jane got the recipe from my sister Sharon. Sharon reports she received the recipe from her friend Betty who found it in an issue of — quelle suprise — Canadian Living Magazine many years ago. The Test Kitchen at Canadian Living must be responsible for 70% of the finest recipes used by women North of the 49th Parallel! Continue reading

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Cognac Caramel Bread Pudding

24 Feb

On my short list of things that aren’t wonderful about being single is — the baguette. I love bread, particularly well-made, artisan, crusty, fresh, warm, chewy baguettes. But a whole baguette goes to waste in a singleton household. Sure, some places sell half-sized or mini-baguettes. I guess this is one of those times when size matters, because those small loaves are pale imitations of the originals. They just don’t satisfy me . . . if you know what I mean.

Cognac Caramel Bread Pudding with Apples and Raisins

Cognac Caramel Bread Pudding with Apples and Raisins

So what to do with half a day-old baguette? Take a lesson from our thrifty, canny foremothers and make dessert! Bread pudding, if you’ve never had it, is a baked, custard-coated cubed-bread dish. Another neutral tableau in the world of cooking, bread puddings can be made as a sweet or a savoury with ingredients on hand in the pantry of fridge.

I had a hankering for caramel the day I found myself with left-over baguette. Pretty certain the craving came as a direct result of seeing the bag of left-over Halloween caramels. And what complements caramel better than apple and cinnamon? For a grown-up kick, I added Cognac for flavouring. Continue reading

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