Friends, there is a frenzy going around out there, a full on obsession boarding on manic chaos. And there is a clear line of people that are in the frenzy and a people who are not. We are talking about peach season.
It is getting out of control and I just want to make sure you are safe. You haven't crossed the point of no return. You haven't gone off the deep end. You are not elbowing the old lady at the grocery store to get first bids on the newest delivery and I want to make sure that you are not and will not order $5 per peach boxes online from Goldbud. That is of course, unless you order me a box.
Growing up, I never remember peaches being that big of deal. I don't even remember if I even liked peaches, they were just not in my world view. Strawberries, watermelon, apples. YES! But peaches, hmmm, I just don't remember.
We would have them for my brothers birthday in mid-August in a pie or crisp or a cobbler with the bisquick dough balls on top with a little whipped cream. Yum! but nothing out of this world. Nothing to invoke mass hysteria. Somewhere along the summers, peaches grew to be there own big thing, with their own language; Frog Hollow, Honey Crisp, Dickey, Palisade or Manas. East coast vs. West coast and don't even get involved in the debate between South Carolina and Georgia. It's not worth getting a black eye over. Promise.
The season is almost over which means we will need to scrap together what is left and make some peach magic at home. No big fuss. We will do it together. Everything will be ok.
Peaches + Cloves
6 organic peaches
1/8 teaspoon cloves
Preheat over to 350. Wash peaches. Cut in half and remove the pit. Slice off a big piece and pop in your mouth. So good. Put cut side down in baking pan, might have to overlap a little to get them all to fit, don't worry this will just increase their love for each other. Add about 1/2 inch of water to pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes depending on how ripe your peaches are. The riper they are the faster they will cook. They will be done with you can poke a fork into the fruit. Let cool for 5 minutes. Peel skins right off of peach, if they are not coming off try cutting them with a small knife or putting them back in the oven for 10 more minutes. Place peaches without their skins in a blender or food processor. Add cloves. Save the water in case you need to dilute the puree. Blend until desired consistency, adding water if needed. Take finger and dip into puree and have a big taste, ahhh. Now you know why there is a frenzy going on out there.