I’m Public Relations Coordinator for the Highlands Ranch Rotary Club. One of our annual fund-raisers is to sell delicious Colorado Western Slope Peaches after they are harvested and in our hands in August. I’ve come up with this big idea to produce a little cookbook full of peach recipes submitted by our members. A fun little handout when folks pick up their peaches they’ve ordered from us. I’m getting an early start on this production, so over the next few months, you’ may be seeing some tested peach recipes on my blog. This is the first.
But first, let’s talk geography. Denver lies on east side of the Rocky Mountains. We call our area the Front Range. On the west side of our mountains, Colorado’s Western Slope is home to orchards and vineyards. Juicy peaches, sweet apples, pears and grapes for wine are grown here.
Nearly 200 orchards are located near Palisade, CO. The Colorado River Valley of Colorado’s Western Slope has a unique mix of ideal climate and soil full of phosphates, sulfates and nitrogen and has been churning out consistently flavorful peaches. You can pick up some of these summer treats along roadside stands throughout August. Farmers also deliver their crops to Front Range Farmers Markets.
I won’t test all of the recipes for this little cookbook project, just the ones I’m unfamiliar with or curious about. Using frozen peaches from last August’s purchase, Here’s my first test recipe.
Peach Clafouti (Custard):
Submitted by Jan Keyton, Highlands Ranch Rotarian
Adapted from a Tony’s Meats Recipe
4 large eggs
½ cup heavy cream (or half-half)
½ cup milk
3 Tbs flour
¾ cup sugar
3 Tbs unsalted butter
6 medium peaches – peeled & quartered
1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. In a blender, combine eggs with cream, milk and flour. Add ½ C sugar and blend till smooth.
2. In a medium heavy skillet, melt butter over med-high heat. Add peaches, sprinkle with remaining ¼ C sugar, and cook till tender, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Butter a 10 inch round deep dish pie plate. Pour one quarter of batter into bottom, spoon peaches with remaining liquid into dish, and pour remaining batter on top. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top if desired. Set pie plate on a baking sheet & bake for 55-60 minutes, or until golden and just set. Transfer to a rack & cool to room temperature before serving. Top with some whipped cream.
3. Make ahead: Can be refrigerated overnight. Gently rewarm in a 300 degree oven before serving.
This was easy to make and very tasty.
It’s Whats For Dessert.