Plums

Peach and Plum Galette

by Shawnda on July 9, 2014

in Desserts,Fruit,Pastry,Peaches,Pies and Tarts,Plums

Peach and Plum Galette

There are two things of which I am certain:
1) God intended a ripe, bruise-it-just-by-looking-at-it peach to be consumed in the heat of July, straight from the tree and
2) Plums get the shaft when it comes to pretty internet recipes.

But if God didn’t want something like this to happen, surely he wouldn’t have let the Pilgrims invent buttery, flaky pie crust to share with the natives on the First Thanksgiving*

*That is possibly not historically accurate.

Peach and Plum Galette

We’ve talked before about how “galette” was just a fancy French word for throw &^%$ together (as well as another way to consume wine). And if this recipe doesn’t exemplify throwing *&^% together, man, I just don’t know what does.

I took three of the ripest peaches I could get my hands on and three of the juiciest plums I could swipe before Landry ate them all. I sliced those up, piled them into a rolled-out pie crust that I found at the bottom of the freezer (while I was making room for another bag of pitted cherries, naturally), and then hit it with an egg wash and a sprinkling of sugar.

What went into the oven was an almost-pretty pile of improvisation. What came out of the oven was a beautiful, bubbly concoction wrapped in a flaky, buttery pastry crust. And at about the same temperature if I had grabbed a peach off the tree in the backyard.

Peach and Plum Galette

I used as little sugar as possible. I could tell you that this was to let the natural sweetness of the fruit shine. But that’s kind of a load. What I was really trying to do was save the carby carbs for the ice cream I planned to serve on top. The creamy vanilla ice cream cut the slightly tart galette perfectly for dessert on the patio.

Not too shabby for a barely-a-recipe recipe.

Peach and Plum Galette

A quick and easy fruit tart highlighting two of summer's best fruits: peaches and plums.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium peaches, skin-on and sliced*
  • 3 plums, skin-on and sliced*
  • 1 pie crust (this is my favorite recipe)
  • Flour, for work surface
  • 1 egg whisked with 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • *I quartered the fruit, removed the pits, and then sliced each quarter into three pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Roll out your pie crust on lightly floured parchment paper.
  3. Arrange the sliced fruit in the center and working your way out, leaving a ~2-inch border of crust.
  4. Fold the crust edges up and over the fruit (you can lift the sides of the parchment to fold the dough over if it has gotten too soft to do it by hand).
  5. Transfer the parchment to a baking sheet.
  6. Brush dough with egg wash and sprinkle evenly with sugar.
  7. Bake for ~30 minutes, until the fruit center is bubbly and the crust is golden brown.
  8. Serve topped with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream.

Notes

Yields: 8 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride, pie crust from The Pastry Queen

Estimated time: 45 minutes

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Fresh Plum Margaritas

by Shawnda on July 2, 2013

in Beverages,Fruit,Margaritas,Plums

Red Plum Margarita

One Hundred and Nine degrees.

I know the weather chick said it was “only” 107… but she also told me that we “only” had a 30% chance of rain in late May.

And then it flooded.

Buy my thermometer said 109. So 109 it is.

How do you deal with 109 degrees? I weed the garden with the sprinkler running and then I make margaritas.

And then I hit up the pool.

Red Plum Margarita

I snagged some red and black plums last week on sale and whipped them up into a couple of batches of margaritas. They both yield the same fruity concoction taste-wise, but black plums (above) make a much darker (and therefore harder to photograph) drink than red plums (top).

And either will work just fine to help you almost forget that your back yard feels like a convection oven. And will for another 3 months.

Fresh Plum Margaritas

Fresh red or black plums are cooked into a beautiful red syrup and then blended into the perfect summer margarita.

Ingredients

  • 2 red or black plums, pit removed and cut into 4-8 slices
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar*
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 oz orange juice (or orange liqueur)
  • 6 oz tequila
  • Ice
  • Lime wedges, for serving (optional)
  • Salt for rimming glasses (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the plum slices (skin still on) in a small sauce pan with water and sugar, if using. (If using a sugar substitute, add at the end to taste).
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer covered for 5-7 minutes, until the fruit is very soft and the liquid has taken on the color from the plums.
  3. Let cool a few minutes and then transfer to a blender with the lime juice, orange juice/liqueur, and tequila.
  4. Blend for ~30 seconds, until completely smooth.
  5. Pour over ice into salt-rimmed glasses and serve with lime wedges.

Notes

Yields: 4 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 20 minutes

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