Always delighted to be a guest on morning shows – especially when I get to chat about one of my fave summer fruits: Fresh Ontario Peaches! Perfect served straight up – but, don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen and use this fuzzy fruit in a variety of both sweet and savoury dishes!! Hope you enjoy these recipes/ideas as much as my gang does. Happy summertime eating!
What to do with those super-ripe peaches? Cut into wedges and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once frozen – place in plastic freezer bags or storage containers and keep in freezer for future use…think peach crumble, peach pie or use frozen in the below recipes: Boozy Peach Milkshake and/or Peach and Ginger ‘Ice Cream’!!
Boozy Peach Milkshake
Who doesn’t love a milkshake?
2 overripe peaches, sliced and frozen
2 cups (500 mL) milk
2 large scoops of quality vanilla ice cream
Garnish: Peach Schnapps (*or ice wine) *alcohol is optional*, whipped cream and sprinkles
Place ingredients in blender and pulse until desired consistency. Pour into milkshake glasses. Drizzle approx 1 tbsp (15 mL) of alcohol over each adult milkshake and top with whipped cream and sprinkles. Makes about 4 cups (1 L) – approx 2 large milkshakes.
Peach and Ginger “Ice Cream” – makes one serving
Easiest dessert ever!! So healthy it’s almost ‘diet food’ – ha!!
*note: I like this made with: two parts frozen peaches to one part yogurt – you are welcome to play around with the ratio – add more yogurt if you’d like it more ‘creamy’!!
1 cup (250 mL) sliced frozen peaches
½ cup (125 mL) plain yogurt of choice: Greek style or Coconut yogurt (for a vegan option)
2 tsp (10 mL) Canadian maple syrup
1 tsp (5 mL) finely grated fresh ginger root
½ vanilla bean scraped OR ½ tsp (2 mL) pure vanilla extract
Remove peaches from freezer. Let sit at room temp for 5 to 10 minutes (**just so they are not rock hard). Place peaches in food processor and pulse until peaches start to break up a bit. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until desired consistency (**you will likely have to scrape down sides of bowl between pulsing). Place in serving dish and enjoy!!! Makes about 1 cup (250 mL).
Char’s Loaded Peachy Picnic Sandwich *Click here for a link to recipe* On this episode I added: slices of fresh peaches and used crumbled goat cheese instead of aged cheddar. *This sandwich is a family favourite in our home – a perfect way to use up a ton of leftovers!!
Char’s Arugula & Peach Salad with Spiced Honey Dressing
Simple, fresh and delicious – my kinda ‘cooking’!
1/4 tsp (1 mL) chili flakes
Zest of one lime *optional
2 tsp (10 mL) EACH: liquid honey and cider vinegar
1 tsp (5 mL) EACH: Dijon mustard and finely grated fresh garlic
Hefty pinch salt, pepper and paprika
1 tbsp (15 mL) quality olive oil
6 cups (1.5 L) baby arugula leaves
3 ripe peaches, cut in large wedges
Garnish: ⅓ cup (approx) crumbled goat cheese (*or shaved Parm) and olive oil for drizzling.
Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Toss dressing gently with salad ingredients. Place on large white serving platter and garnish with goat cheese (or shaved Parm) and a drizzle of quality olive oil. Makes about 6 cups (1.5 L).
Chicken Waldorf Salad with Fresh Peaches
Tired of hamburgers? This delicious and doable salad is perfect nestled between a toasted ciabatta or hamburger bun!
2 grilled chicken breasts, chopped
2 ripe peaches, diced
1/2 cup (125 mL) finely sliced green onion
1/2 cup (125 mL) roughly chopped walnuts
1/3 cup (75 mL) roughly chopped fresh tarragon *or 1 tbsp (15 mL) dried tarragon leaves
1/3 cup (75 mL) mayonnaise
1 tbsp (15 mL) grainy Dijon mustard
1 tsp (5 mL) finely grated lemon zest
pinch salt and pepper
Stir together all ingredients until well combined. Serve on ciabatta buns or a bed of mixed greens. Makes about 4 cups (1 L).
Char’s Peaches & Cream Flan
Take the term ‘peaches & cream’ to new heights with this delicious and doable dessert.
8 super soft (very ripe) peaches, pitted and roughly chopped
¼ cup (60 mL) Niagara Ice Wine OR Riesling (**or white grape juice for non-alcoholic option)
1 tub (425 mL) full fat sour cream
1 tbsp (15 mL) Canadian maple syrup
Seeds of ½ a vanilla bean OR 1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
1 large (8-inch/ 200g) store bought flan *found in bakery section of grocery store*
Garnish (optional): whipped cream and chopped white chocolate
Stir together chopped peaches and ice wine. Cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready to assemble: stir peaches (and ice wine) with sour cream, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Spread mixture evenly over flan. Serve each piece with a dollop of whipped cream and white chocolate. Makes 10 servings.
Charmaine is the host of “In Char’s Kitchen” on YourTV Muskoka and regular guest on: Rogers Daytime Ottawa, CTV Morning Live Ottawa, CHCH Morning Live, Breakfast Television , What She Said Radio sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and fitness.
Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys; Tyler & Colgan.
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