Last weekend I made a delicious blueberry and peach pie. I don't bake very much so when I do and it turns out I get pretty darn excited. Last summer when I was visiting my sister down south I brought home a basket of peaches and froze some to enjoy in the colder months. With a few bags of peaches still lurking in the freezer I was trying to figure out something to make that was different (for me). I had some fresh blueberries on hand so I decided they should go together. And, they did go together, beautifully.
2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cold butter
6 tbsp cold milk
Whisk together the dry ingredients. Using a pastry blending, blend and cut the butter into the flour until you have small pea size crumbles. Gently stir in the milk until the flour mixture pulls together. Wrap in saran wrap and and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1/2 hour.
In a small saucepan, simmer the ingredients for about 5 minutes until blueberries are slightly softened.
3 cups sliced peaches
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon zest
1/4 cup flour
Mix the ingredients together.
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup flour
1/2 brown sugar
1/2 cold butter
Mix the dry ingredients. Cut in the butter until there are small crumbles.
Roll out the pastry dough and place in a pie pan. Crinkle the edges and make it pretty. Place the blueberry filling in the bottom of the pan, then layer the peach filling and then top with the crumble topping. Bake at 325 degrees for about 45 -50 minutes depending on your oven.
Food is so intriguing. I’ve always loved to cook whether it’s casual and simple or complicated and elegant. After living in the Midwestern United States all my life I find myself jumping between All-American foods and foods from other cultures. There is definitely a sense of comfort with cooking and enjoying food that I’ve grown up with.
I have a voracious curiosity to learn about all cultures, especially the Middle East/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai foods. I’ve learned that a simple curry dish or an Asian dumpling can transform your mood and be just as much of a comfort food as the foods you’ve known you’re whole life.
It is fascinating to me how each culture has such a diversity of ingredients, and when used with different combinations and cooking techniques you can easily transform the same few ingredients into a multitude of dishes. The unfamiliar, the diverse ingredients and techniques, can be intimidating to many people. I’ve created this blog to chronicle and share my explorations in the kitchen so that hopefully you will want to start experimenting in your kitchen.