Flowers and Fools, Peaches and Pies:
Easy Late Summertime Recipes…..
I have been on holiday for the last week, at home in France, but with a childhood friend and her partner – Sarah and Jim. So, I have not been around as much on Twitter, Facebook or even here, but, I HAVE been cooking up a storm, so look out for some new recipes very soon. It’s been a brilliant week of barbecues, parties, picnics and nocturnal walks on the beach – we have eaten too much and drank too much too, but now it’s time to get back on the old 5:2 diet, although I DID squeeze in ONE day whilst Sarah and Jim were here……things won’t calm down just yet however, as my daughter Hannah is coming over for a late summer break tomorrow, so, no doubt there will be more barbecues, parties, picnics and nocturnal walks on the beach! What a tough life! I have managed to create and write some new recipes and posts however, and I would like to share some wonderfully easy and pretty fruit recipes with you all today – just whilst I gather my thoughts over the weekend and sort out HUNDREDS of food and holiday photos.
It’s been a fabulous year for stone fruits – apricots and peaches in particular, and you may remember my lovely cherry pie recipe from earlier on this summer, A Bowl of Cherries and an Old-Fashioned Cherry Pie too, which went down a storm and was requested many times before the cherry season ended.
As well as beautiful seasonal stone fruits, I have also been enjoying the edible flowers in my summer garden, especially the nasturtiums. I LOVE the colour they bring to the salad bowl, as well as their peppery taste. One of the recipes I created for the Great British Chefs website recently was for a simple Egg and Nasturtium Salad with Herb Vinaigrette, a vibrant salad made with assorted lettuce leaves, nasturtium flowers and leaves as well as some seasonal herbs. I used free-range eggs on my salad, and you can follow the recipe and read my article here: THE FRAGRANT SALAD BOWL: EDIBLE FLOWERS FOR SUMMER. It’s such an easy recipe and brings the summer sunshine to the table. I also have a very similar salad recipe on the blog here: Egg and Tomato Salad with Marigold & Chive Flowers
But back to apricots and peaches; we have a peach tree in the garden, but I have to rely on a neighbour’s tree for apricots or the local farmer’s markets. I have managed to buy kilos and kilos of apricots this summer and all at amazingly cheap prices. I have made my usual French Set Apricot and Lavender Jam (Confiture), which won FIRST prize in a local show recently, as well as using lots of apricots for tray-bakes, crumbles, pies and galettes.
I have also used apricots for the barbecue a lot, skewering them with chunks of tender chicken breast, which has been soaking in an apricot, herb and olive oil marinade.
But, if the apricot confiture and kebabs have been popular, the most popular recipe that I have made for the whole of the summer has to be for my Rustic French Apricot Galette; I have had numerous requests for this “open top” French style pie from the start of the apricot season, although these simple tarts are fabulous with peaches, apples and cherries too. I have made it for picnics and parties, and my friend Sarah who was staying with us, also made one with peaches under my tutelage!
Staying with apricots, the next most popular recipe has been for my Amaretti and Apricot Layered Fool – a simple and yet elegant dessert for the hottest of summer days, that is made with confiture rippled cream, fresh poached apricots and delicate almond amaretti biscuits – it is so refreshing and makes a divine dinner party dessert.
I did promise you peaches and pies, well, we have had the pies albeit with apricots, but peaches have made an appearance on our simmer table by way of Peaches and Cream Scones. These delightful scones are made with fresh peaches and cream for a fruity and soft crumb texture, that is perfect for a summer afternoon tea treat. Think of them as a sort of peach shortcake, they are easy to make and can be on the tea time table in under half an hour if you gave all the ingredients to hand.
For all of these summery recipes, visit my home page on Great British Chefs, Karen S Burns-Booth, or follow the links below.
Stone Fruit and Flower Recipes:
That’s all for today, I will be back soon with some new recipes, as promised, as well as some French holiday photos and notes……for more fruit recipes, so visit my dedicated Fruit Recipes page on Lavender and Lovage, and let me know if you make any of these recipes! See you soon, Karen
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