Calling For Fruit Recipes!!!

Apples!!!  Peaches!!!  Everywhere you go these days you see trees laden with fruit.  Apple Hill Orchard in Wilkerson has an especially good crop of peaches this year and the apples are coming on strong.  Manor Market’s produce aisle is overflowing with local bounty.  Time to break out the cookbooks and find a creative way to use up all that harvest.

At East Side Books, staff and customers alike spend a lot of time talking about food and exchanging recipes.  It might be because East Side’s extensive cookbook section is right as you walk in the door.  There you can find everything from slow cooker cookbooks to manuals on food safety and canning as well as tomes on the new hot subject of food ecology and biographies and memoirs of foodies.

We would like to extend our food/recipe conversation to the East Side Books’ Blog.  In the comment section below please share your favorite apple or peach recipe…or two or three. (See my peach tart recipe below.)  Do you know how to work peaches into a main dish or have you stumbled upon the perfect apple bread mixture?  Peach and shrimp kebobs? Apple cookies? Don’t be shy…everyone LOVES a great, new recipe. (Note: Before posting this blog entry we did a little research into copyright law.  Interestingly enough, cooking is not considered “inventing”, a recipe “evolves” therefore the copyright laws don’t apply in the same was as say music or lyrics. It is suggested that when posting a recipe the words “based on,” “adapted from,” or “inspired by” be used.)

Over the years I have bought a number of cookbooks from East Side Books and then returned to share what recipes worked…and a few that didn’t.  My favorite recent purchase is The Best Recipe by the editors of Cook’s Illustrated.  Some very dedicated cooks spent hours and hours testing the best recipes for each recipe in the book and wrote about their process, what worked and what didn’t, and then came up with a master recipe.  I can think of nothing I would rather not do.  I am a very “loose” cook in that I look at a recipe and then close the book and do my own thing.  Sometimes it works wonderfully…and occasionally it is a disaster.  (My husband’s code for a bad meal is: “Maybe we shouldn’t have this again.”  No problem since I can never remember what I did in the first place.)

I love my cookbook by Cook’s Illustrated because I can check the master recipe and then have a good chance of having it work out if I stick even somewhat close to the original plan. Below is the recipe I created inspired by the tart recipe in The Best Recipe as well as an apple tart recipe from Chef Jacques Pepin.  I especially like this crust because you don’t have to roll it out–a time and mess saver.  I used peaches from the tree in our yard, but you could easily adapt this recipe to use apples.

Peach Tart

1 1/4 c. flour

3 to 4 tbsp. white sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

3 tbsp. chilled butter, cut into little chunks

3 tbsp. vegetable shortening

2 tbsp. milk or cream

1 egg

6 to 7 small peaches

dash of nutmeg

(a bit more flour, sugar, cream or milk, butter)

Grease a 9 inch glass pie dish. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Cut in butter and shortening until coarse.  Add milk and egg and stir until just combined.  Bring dough together with your hands and transfer to pie plate.  Press dough into bottom and sides.  Refrigerate for 3o minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cut peaches into slim wedges.  Toss with a tablespoon or so of flour and sugar until coated.  Mix in dash of nutmeg to taste.  Add a bit of milk or cream to make mixture moist but not so liquid that it pools at the bottom of the bowl.  Cut up a tablespoon or two of butter and add to mixture.  Spoon mixture into tart shell.  Bake for 45 minutes or so, checking often to make sure it doesn’t burn.  (If it gets too brown on top or sides before the bottom is done, cover with a sheet of foil.  Baking in a clear glass pie plate helps to see when the bottom is nicely brown.)  Enjoy!

Now let’s hear from you!

5 thoughts on “Calling For Fruit Recipes!!!

  1. Shhhhh! This is my Super Secret Peach Salsa recipe. I started with a Mango Salsa recipe and it has evolved into this. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. If you want to try mine, I’m entering the Salsa Contest at the fair, so stop by and see me.

    Peach/Avocado Salsa

    3 Peaches, pitted, peeled, and diced
    1 med avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
    1 medium red onion diced
    2T fresh cilantro chopped
    2-3T white wine vinegar
    1 small jalapeño
    1 small fresh cayenne pepper
    1T Olive oil
    3 tsp salt

    In a medium bowl combine all ingredients except avocado. After all ingredients are mixed add avocado and gently mix.

    Refrigerate until ready to serve

    1. Sounds yummy Autumn, can’t wait to try it! Did the judges like your salsa at the fair? We love fruit on Mexican dishes, like several different enchiladas they make at Amigos, so I think this sounds excellent.


  2. My great grandmother’s recipe for Apple Rhubarb Crisp is my all time favorite apple recipe.

    2 cups apples, finely chopped
    2 cups rhubarb, finely chopped
    -set aside-

    1 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 2 Tbs. flour
    -Sift together into chopped apple/rhubarb and mix-

    -Beat egg yolks until lemon colored and then mix into fruit/flour mix-

    -Beat egg whites until stiff and then gently fold in mixture-

    -Transfer mixture to 8×8 or 9×9 greased baking pan-

    Crumb Topping:
    1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg
    1/2 cup butter into the above mix.
    1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

    -Spread crumb mixture on top of pan-
    -Bake 30 minutes in 375 oven-

  3. When a neighbor gave us a load of peaches, I found this recipe on I made a few changes. Bread was moist and kept well for several days if wrapped tightly in foil after loaves have cooled completely.

    Peach Bread

    3 eggs
    2 cups white sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 cup vegetable oil
    2 1/2 cups diced peaches
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans.
    2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs lightly. Blend in the sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; mix just to combine. Stir in the peaches and nuts. Pour batter into prepared pans.
    3. Bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

  4. I need to cook more! Or at least cook some of these fruit recipes. My two contributions don’t actually qualify as recipes, but they are tasty and use apples and peaches so here you go…

    Easy frozen peaches – My grandma was a home ec teacher and mother of five who churned out home made rolls without blinking an eye. She was also the queen of quick and easy, and this is her quick and easy method for freezing those ripe peaches just about to turn bad if not used right now – just slice them into orange juice and freeze the whole shebang. (I use freezer bags) Serve them still a little slushy with dinner or as dessert. Taste perfectly summery in the middle of winter!

    Pork chops and apples – This was originally an official recipe, but I have long since turned it into a stand by, throw it in the pan, dinner without measurements. Coat the pork chops with flour, corn meal, chopped rosemary, salt and pepper. Saute in pan with a little oil until nicely browned and cooked through, probably five minutes per side. Take them out and keep them warm. In the meanwhile, thinly slice nice cooking apples, with peels still on. Coat the slices with cornmeal mixed with a couple of teaspoons of sugar and a little more rosemary. Cook in same pan about five minutes until tender. Remove with pork chops. If desired, you can scrape up the brown bits in the pan with a little apple cider and make a glaze for the chops and apples.

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