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The Easiest Way to Can Peaches | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The Easiest Way to Can Peaches: A Step-by-step Tutorial

Want to know the easiest way to can peaches? It’s all about one key step. Follow this simple step-by-step tutorial to preserve one of summer’s gems so you can enjoy peaches year round.

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The first time I canned peaches I was overwhelmed. There was so much work involved.

I was not new to canning. I didn’t have three kids yet. No big deal.

I had purchased a half bushel of peaches assuming that would be a good starting point. I ended up doing one round of canned peaches and freezing the rest. After peeling, pitting, chopping and canning one batch I gave up and just figured canned peaches would not be on my list of to-dos again for many…many years.

Then my mother-in-law told me a trick that changed everything.

Do NOT peel your peaches!

Of course this makes canning peaches about ten times easier. But it also preserves the sweetness and flavor of the peaches.

There is no need to worry about having to eat the skin either. It comes right off when you are ready to eat the peaches.

I have now successfully canned many…many quarts of peaches! Instead of being the hardest canning task it is about the easiest one I do all year.

I try to buy a half bushel every summer and can twenty one quarts of peaches, with a few left over for baking and eating.

Have you ever wanted to try canning peaches but it seems like a daunting task? I promise you it is not.

Grab a few peaches before they are gone for the summer and preserve them to enjoy all winter.

No more spending hours in the kitchen. This is the easiest way to can peaches. This summer I canned twenty one quarts in ONE day! With three young children, one nursing frequently. If I can do it anyone can!

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One round of canning:

One half bushel of peaches = 3 rounds of canning (21 quarts) plus a few extra peaches for eating fresh

The Easiest Way to Can Peaches

The Easiest Way to Can Peaches | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

  1. Let the peaches sit in a single layer until they are ripe but still slightly firm.The Easiest Way to Can Peaches | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
  2. Prepare the simple syrup: Heat water and sugar in a large pot until sugar is dissolved. The syrup needs to be warm/hot when ready to can. You can prepare the syrup up to a few days in advance and just warm it before canning.
  3. Fill the canner with water and place the clean, quart jars inside. Put the lid on. Turn on the stove to high heat and let the water heat up until small bubbles appear. Maintain this low simmer and allow the jars to heat for ten minutes.The Easiest Way to Can Peaches | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
  4. Wash the peaches well. This is important since you are keeping the skins on.The Easiest Way to Can Peaches | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
  5. Fill a large bowl 2/3 full of water. Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice.
  6. Cut the peaches in half. Twist. Remove the pit. Quarter the peaches and place in the bowl of lemon water. Continue until all of the peaches are quartered.The Easiest Way to Can Peaches | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
  7. Remove the jars from the hot water.
  8. Fill the hot jars with the peaches, skin side up if possible.The Easiest Way to Can Peaches | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
  9. When all of the jars are full ladel the hot syrup into the jars, leaving 1 – 1 1/2 inches of space at the top of the jar.The Easiest Way to Can Peaches | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
  10. Wipe the jar rims. Place a lid on and secure a band around the lid.
  11. Place all of the jars back in the canner. Put the lid on. Return to a boil.The Easiest Way to Can Peaches | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
  12. Let the jars process for 30 minutes (25 minutes if doing pints).
  13. Turn off the heat. Remove the canner lid. Let sit for 5 minutes.The Easiest Way to Can Peaches | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
  14. Remove the jars from the canner and place on a towel. Let the jars sit, untouched for at least 6 hours.
  15. When the jars are completely cool you can remove the bands, label the lids and store in your pantry.

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Nectarine Squash Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Nectarine Squash Pops: Sugar Free First Birthday Popsicles!!

When your summer baby turns one you need a safe, sugar free treat. Nectarine squash pops are the perfect solution! Two ingredients, lots of flavor and no allergens.

Nectarine Squash Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

First birthdays definitely require a celebration.

You made it! You made it through the first year.

The first year of sleepless nights, crying and dirty diapers.

The first year full of firsts! Smiles, coos, laughs, rolling, crawling and maybe even walking. First foods, first teeth, first words.

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Let them eat cake.

A birthday celebration requires a special birthday treat. Usually that means cake.

I LOVE decorating cakes. I look forward to our family birthdays each year because I get to create new cakes.

I’ve done Dora, monkeys, dinosaurs, cars, arts and crafts, Legos, cows, Frozen, bulldozers, April showers and princesses for my kids.  I’ve even done airplanes, sports and Cat in the Hat for my nephew, basketball and Calvin Knights for my dad, a fall cake for other family members and a neat recital cake for my sister-in-law.

I wanted to continue that tradition with my third child. With the challenges we’ve faced over the last year we are all certainly ready to celebrate.

Of course I set to work experimenting with new recipes that were free of her allergens.

I made a couple batches of cupcakes (that she loved!)…only to find out more foods that bother her.

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Who needs cake?

My daughter’s allergies combined with my preference to keep her at least gluten free for now (she’s been grain free up to this point) make birthday cake almost impossible. We can’t use:

  • wheat
  • rye
  • barley
  • oats
  • rice
  • sorghum
  • amaranth
  • buckwheat
  • tapioca
  • potato
  • arrowroot
  • coconut
  • almond
  • nuts
  • quinoa
  • millet
  • beans

Add to that no coconut oil, palm shortening, butter or egg whites and you’re not left with much.

Birthday Pops.

I gave up on the idea of birthday cake and opted to do popsicles! They make a perfect summer treat.

Since these popsicles are for a one year old I made them without any added sweetener.  I even added some vegetables to keep them mild and nutritious.

Nectarine squash pops make a birthday dessert you can really feel good about serving to the whole family.

Nectarine Squash Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Eat in season.

I chose fruit that is in season here in Michigan in late August. Nectarines are so sweet and have such a bright color. They make a great base for a popsicle.

You can use peaches instead if you prefer the flavor.

I ended up making a second batch since we ate the first batch before the birthday! I added some watermelon to the second batch for extra color and sweetness. Watermelon is another late summer fruit that almost everyone enjoys.

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Fun and Fast.

Nectarine squash pops are the easiest birthday dessert you’ll ever make. Puree cooked squash and cut up nectarine with an immersion blender or in a regular blender and pour the puree into the popsicle molds. Done!

They are also easy to serve. Simply take them out of the molds a few minutes before serving to take the chill off. Pass them out and enjoy.

For older kids you can add chunks of fruit like cut up strawberries, whole blueberries or raspberries to the puree before filling the molds. Then you’ll really have a fruity, colorful treat.

You can also add a tablespoon or two of honey for big kids. It really covers up any hint of squash flavor. My oldest is pretty picky about flavors and textures. She said she couldn’t taste the squash at all when I added a bit of honey.

I was very disappointed that I couldn’t make a cake for my baby’s first birthday. But I’m so happy with how these nectarine squash pops turned out! I’m even happier that my daughter likes them…and that they are so healthy and free of allergens.

Do you celebrate any summer birthdays?

Instead of cake try nectarine squash pops. They make summer celebrations delicious and healthy.

Nectarine Squash Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Nectarine Squash Pops
Serves 4
A fruity, sugar free summer birthday treat.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 medium nectarines, peeled and pitted
  2. 3/4 cups cooked butternut squash
  3. optional: 1/2 cup watermelon (seeds removed)
  4. optional: 1 - 2 Tbsp. honey
Instructions
  1. Puree the nectarines and squash (and watermelon and honey) with an immersion blender or in a blender.
  2. Fill popsicle molds and freeze until firm.
Notes
  1. You can replace the nectarines with peaches.
  2. For little ones let the popsicles sit out for a few minutes to soften before serving.
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Five Minute Peach Jam | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Five Minute Peach Jam

Peach jam in five minutes? Yes! And only three ingredients. Simple, healthy and bursting with flavor. Five minute peach jam is a great way to capture summer in a jar.

Five Minute Peach Jam | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Growing up I ate one thing on my toast – grape jelly. Always.

Now that I’m older and cook for myself and my family I like to have a lot more variety. So I make strawberry jam, cherry jam and raspberry jam.

This year I tried peach jam. Wow! It’s like summer in a jar.

Chop. Mix. Simmer.

For real – that is all there is to it. Cut up fresh peaches, add sweetener and grass-fed gelatin. Simmer about five minutes.

Fresh peach jam awaits.

You can even make peach jam without any sweetener if your peaches are sweet enough. Else a couple tablespoons of sweetener really kicks up the flavor.

Five Minute Peach Jam | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Let the kids help.

This is a great project for getting your kids in the kitchen. Peal and pit the peaches and let your child cut them into small chunks. A dull knife is just fine for chopping peaches.

Then let them measure the sugar and gelatin.

Older kids can help with the cooking as well. If you are making a pureed jam this is a great way to teach older kids how to use an immersion blender.

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Spread it on. Stir it in.

Once the jam has chilled for a few hours it will be gelled enough to serve. Spread it on homemade gluten free bread, sourdough bread or your favorite muffin. My kids couldn’t get enough of this peach jam on freshly baked bread alongside a big bowl of soup.

Another great way to use peach jam is mixed into plain, whole milk yogurt. It makes instant peach yogurt without any thickeners, gums or added flavorings.

Spruce up your oatmeal by stirring in peach jam. Top with some crispy pecans and breakfast is served.

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Stock the freezer.

This recipe is for a small batch to eat fresh. You can easily triple it (or more!) and freeze the jam. Then you can enjoy it all year long.

Peach jam in the middle of winter is a real treat! Not to mention it’s very cost-effective. One jar of homemade jam costs about $1.25 (give or take).

The same amount of quality store-bought peach jam would cost about $5.00.

Grab a few peaches and your kids and mix up a quick batch of five minute peach jam. Then enjoy this allergen free spread all year long to change up your breakfast.

What is your favorite type of jam or jelly?  Do you make your own?

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Five Minute Peach Jam
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Simple and healthy, five minute peach jam is a great way to capture summer in a jar. Only three ingredients and tons of flavor.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup peaches, peeled, pitted, cut into small pieces (juice reserved)
  2. 3/4 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  3. 1 - 3 Tbsp. organic cane sugar or honey
Instructions
  1. Add peaches and juice to a small saucepan.
  2. Add the gelatin and stir. Let sit 1 minute.
  3. Add the sugar.
  4. Bring to very low simmer and let cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Mash or puree if desired.
  6. Pour into a half pint jar.
  7. Chill until gelled.
  8. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 year.
Notes
  1. An easy way to reserve the peach juice is to cut the peach directly over the pan and let the juice drip down while you cut.
  2. You can leave out the sweetener to make this sugar free jam.
  3. This makes one half pint of jam. Multiply the recipe by how many jars you want to make.
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Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats

Peaches and cream overnight oats make a satisfying breakfast. Prepared in advance, they are a grab ‘n’ go breakfast everyone will love. Use fresh peaches in the summer and frozen or canned peaches in the winter.

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I try my best to do breakfast preparation in advance. In the morning I want everything ready to go.

When my husband is getting ready for work…breakfast is ready.

When one kid wakes up early and is instantly begging for food…breakfast is ready.

When the baby needs to nurse and everyone else is hungry…breakfast is ready.

Since we don’t eat store-bought cereal I need other quick and easy breakfasts that are ready for the family even if I’m busy.

Peaches and cream overnight oats are the perfect solution.

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple, simple, simple.

It only takes about five minutes to prepare overnight oats. I line up jars for however many servings I’m going to make. Then just add the ingredients to each jar and mix.

Peaches and cream overnight oats only contain five ingredients. All of them except for the peaches are pantry and refrigerator staples. So you can whip up a batch just about any time.

Give them a boost.

In addition the five base ingredients you can add collagen for protein and egg yolk for vitamins. This will make peaches and cream overnight oats a very balanced breakfast. That includes three components:

  1. Proteinyogurt, collagen, egg yolk
  2. Carbohydrates – oats, peaches, maple syrup
  3. Fat – whole milk yogurt or coconut yogurt

One other thing I love is that the overnight soaking makes the oats much better for you!

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Get ready to host.

These overnight oats are great for the whole family on a school day morning. But that’s not all.

Peaches and cream overnight oats are fancy enough for hosting overnight guests or a brunch. Mix up a bunch of small jars of the oats and leave the peaches on top. They look so elegant. Plus you can just pull them out of the fridge in the morning and have time to visit with your guests. No cooking necessary.

Change it up.

If you aren’t a fan of peaches in your yogurt or you just don’t have any on hand you can swap another fruit. Stone fruits like plums, apricots and nectarines work very well.

Or you can use berries and cherries. They can be fresh or go right from the freezer to the oat mixture. By morning they will be thawed and ready to go!

No matter what flavor you choose overnight oats are a perfect prep ahead breakfast.  You can make them for a busy weekday morning or even make a batch while you enjoy some end of summer travel.  All of the ingredients are available wherever you go.

On the go.

Peaches and cream overnight oats are also great for school lunches and snacks.  Just mix it up the night before.  Put a lid on and pack it in the lunch box.  It is ready to go when your child is ready to eat.

By using gluten free oats this breakfast is not only delicious but also gluten, egg, nut, corn, soy and rice free. If you use coconut yogurt it is also dairy free. There is a version for just about everyone!

In need of an easy breakfast?  Peaches and cream overnight oats are the way to go!

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats
Serves 2
Peaches and cream overnight oats make a satisfying breakfast. Prepared in advance with fresh peaches, they are a grab 'n' go breakfast everyone will love.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup old fashioned oats (be sure to get gluten free oats if you are gluten free)
  2. 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt or coconut yogurt
  3. 4 Tbsp. maple syrup (adjust to your liking)
  4. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 1 large peach, peeled and cut up (over oats)
  6. optional - 2 tsp. collagen, 1 egg yolk
Instructions
  1. Divide the oats, yogurt, maple syrup and salt (and collagen and egg yolk if desired) between two small jars or dishes. Mix well.
  2. Cut up the peaches over the jars so the juice drips into the jars.
  3. Cover and refrigerate 7-24 hours.
  4. Stir in peaches when ready to eat.
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Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles

Nothing says summer like fresh peaches! Enjoy them in a frozen treat with these simple grain free peach cobbler creamsicles that have no refined sweeteners.

Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

If you want to know what summer tastes like all you have to do is bite into a fresh, juicy peach. There is nothing quite like it.

Peach cobbler creamsicles transform that summer flavor into a frozen treat you can’t resist.

Start with a simple grain free crumble that only has three ingredients! A quick mix by hand and it’s in the oven.

While the cobbler is baking you can mix up the rest of the creamsicle. Whole milk yogurt and raw milk are combined with pure maple syrup for a sweet, creamy base.

Then cut up fresh peaches right over the bowl so you don’t miss a drop of the juice.  Stir them in to create peach cream.

Once the cobbler is done you can mix it into the creamy mixture, pour it into molds and freeze.

Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The taste buds don’t lie.

My kids went crazy for these peach cobbler creamsicles! In fact my husband did too.

I happened to make them when it as about 90 degrees here. Talk about a refreshing treat when it’s hot!

Peach cobbler creamsicles are very allergen friendly. You can swap coconut milk and yogurt for the dairy. They are naturally free of grains, gluten, eggs, nut, corn and soy.

If you can’t have or don’t have tapioca you can substitute for it with cassava or rice. Note that it will not be grain free if you use rice. But it will still be gluten free.

Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Smooth it out.

If your child doesn’t like food with chunks simply puree all of the ingredients before filling the molds. You’ll still get the peach cobbler flavor in a smooth form. Go with whatever texture works!

When I think of summer I envision sitting on the porch, soaking up the sunshine with peach juice dribbling down my chin (because there is no other way to eat a fresh peach!). Now that summer vision is kicked up a notch with peach cobbler creamsicles (you can let them dribble down your chin too).

Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Choose your shape.

When it comes to popsicles I’m kind of old fashioned.  I like to use cups and popsicles sticks instead of fancy molds (though these certainly would be a great gift!!!). It reminds me of how I made them as a child.  These creamsicles work with whatever you’ve got.

You can use a traditional mold or even these silicon molds to make them more like push pops.

Peach cobbler creamsicles are so refreshing and bursting with flavor, yet full of healthy ingredients.  That is an essential part of a great summer.

If you are celebrating a summer birthday these would also make a great birthday treat.

Are you a peach fan? What is your favorite peach treat?

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Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles
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Cobbler
  1. 1/4 cup tapioca flour (or cassava or white rice)
  2. 2 tsp. butter (or lard or coconut oil)
  3. 2 tsp. pure maple syrup (or honey)
Creamsicle
  1. 3/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt or coconut yogurt
  2. 1/4 cup whole milk (raw if possible) or coconut milk
  3. 3-4 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (adjust to your liking)
  4. 1/8 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 1 large peach, cut into small chunks, juice reserved
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350*F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl combine the flour, butter and syrup until crumbly.
  3. Spread on the parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool and crumble into small chunks.
  5. In a bowl combine the yogurt, milk, syrup and salt.
  6. Cut the peach over the bowl so the juice drips into the yogurt.
  7. Stir in the peaches.
  8. Stir in the cooled cobbler.
  9. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.
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Blueberry Pie Ice Cream

Blueberry pie ice cream is rich and creamy, using fresh, raw cream.  Packed with  blueberries and pieces of gluten free pie crust, it makes a real treat.blueberry pie ice creamOne of my absolute favorite things about summer in Michigan is the abundance of fresh blueberries.  It has been my favorite fruit since I was little.

Blueberry pie has always been my favorite kind of pie as well.  I used to request it for my birthday instead of cake.

While blueberry pie is quite perfect on its own, it can get better.  There is only one way I can think of to improve blueberry pie…by making it into blueberry pie ice cream!

The other day my daughter requested blueberry pie ice cream.  I happily obliged.

Together we came up with a rich, creamy ice cream that is packed with blueberry flavor and has bits of real pie crust mixed in.  An added bonus is the brilliant purple color of the ice cream.  Nothing artificial here.  Just pure blueberry goodness.blueberry pie ice cream 3

Fresh blueberries will be here any time now.  Be sure you save some for making ice cream.

As different fruits are in season you can swap them for the blueberries…strawberry, cherry, raspberry or even peach!  You can also make this dairy free using coconut milk.

Blueberry season just got a little sweeter with blueberry pie ice cream.blueberry pie ice cream 2

Blueberry Pie Ice Cream
A rich, creamy ice cream packed with blueberries and pieces of pie crust. It is gluten free and can be made both egg and dairy free.
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Pie Crust
  1. 1/2 cup any combination of gluten free flours (i.e. tapioca, rice, amaranth)
  2. 2 Tbsp. organic palm shortening or butter
  3. 2 Tbsp. cold water
  4. 2 Tbsp. organic cane sugar
Ice Cream
  1. 2 1/2 cups cream (preferably raw) (can be replaced with coconut milk)
  2. 1/2 cup whole milk (preferably raw) (can be replaced with coconut milk)
  3. 1 - 3 egg yolks (optional)
  4. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour (optional)
  5. 3 tsp. organic vanilla
  6. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  7. 1/2 cup any combination of sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, cane sugar, coconut sugar)
  8. 3/4 - 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  9. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  10. 1/4 cup blueberries (optional)
Pie Crust
  1. Heat oven to 400*F.
  2. Combine the flour and sugar.
  3. Cut in the shortening/butter until crumbly.
  4. Add the water and mix until a dough forms.
  5. Spread the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Cool and crumble.
Ice Cream
  1. Combine the cream, milk, egg yolks, flour, salt, vanilla, sweetener, cinnamon and 3/4 cup of blueberries.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Taste and add more blueberries if stronger flavor is desired. Blend.
  4. Process ice cream in an ice cream mixer according to manufacturer's directions.
  5. Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container.
  6. Mix 1/4 cup blueberries and pie crust pieces into the ice cream.
  7. Freeze ice cream until firm.
Notes
  1. If you don't have an ice cream maker you can beat the batter in a chilled bowl until it thickens.
  2. It is best to use one "white" flour for half of the flour in the pie crust (tapioca or white rice).
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Gluten Free Peach Pie (egg free, nut free, corn free, dairy free option)

For the last few weeks we’ve had lots of peaches in our house.  I’ve canned almost 30 quarts of peaches.  And still had more.  So I asked my family what they’d like me to make.  The first request…pie!

Ok.  I’ve never made peach pie before.  I’m not even sure I’ve ever had it to be honest.  But that’s no problem.  I’ll make one anyway.

This pie is slightly sweet and captures the fresh peach taste.  You can make it with a gluten free crust or a regular wheat crust.


Do you enjoy peach pie?  I couldn’t answer that question just a few weeks ago.  But now I can say yes!

Gluten Free Peach Pie

1 gluten free pie crust (recipe here) or a wheat crust (recipe here) for a not gluten free version

7-9 large freestone peaches, peeled and sliced or chopped
1/2 cup organic cane sugar, sucanat or coconut sugar*
4 Tbps. tapioca flour*
3 tsp. gelatin*
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
1/4 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
1 Tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces (optional)

Prepare the pie crust.  Put the bottom layer in a pie pan.

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a bowl combine the peaches, sugar, tapioca flour, gelatin, lemon juice and spices.  Let sit for 10 minutes.

Put the peach mixture in the pie crust.  Dot with butter.

Place the top pie crust over the peaches and seal the edges.  Cut slits in the top crust to let steam out.

Place the pie pan on a baking sheet.  Bake the pie at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes.  Reduce the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for another 50 minutes, until crust is golden.

Allow the pie to cool and set completely.

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Blueberry Bread Pudding

Last night I tried a new bread pudding recipe that I got from our local newspaper.  It was submitted by Sharon Heethuis.  It’s called Over the Top Blueberry Bread Pudding.  If you make it exactly according to the recipe it would be quite over the top with a white chocolate sauce to pour over top!  I scaled it back a little (no sauce, less chocolate).  But it was still so good  (then again I’ve never met a bread pudding I didn’t like :P)!  The main thing that makes it a bit more over the top is adding white chocolate chips.  I know they aren’t healthy.  But I did add a few.  Blueberries are in season right now, so it’s the perfect time to make this.  We all enjoyed it.  I would definitely make it again.  It would be great with some peaches added as well.  Blueberries and peaches always go well together.  You can absolutely make it without the chocolate chips…it just won’t be so over the top 🙂

I only made a half recipe.  I’ll post the full recipe, with some healthier substitutes.  You can make it gluten free by using gluten free bread.  You could even try making it grain free using a nut butter, almond flour or coconut flour bread.

This makes a great breakfast, brunch, snack or dessert!  I served it with scrambled eggs for dinner.

The pictures don’t really do it justice.  I had to bake it in the toaster oven, so the top got a little dark.

Over The Top Blueberry Bread Pudding

3 eggs
4 cups cream (I used a combo of raw cream and milk)
1 cup cane sugar/sucanat (maple syrup or honey would probably work as well)
3 tsp. vanilla
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 (12 oz.) package of white chocolate chips (you can omit this or use less)
1 loaf bread, cut into 1″ cubes (use whatever bread you like…we used fermented wheat bread.  This is a great job for little kids…Rebecca loves to rip up all the bread)

Sauce:
1 (12 oz.) pkg. white chocolate chips
1 cup cream

In a large bowl combine the eggs, cream, sugar and vanilla.  Stir in blueberries and chips.  Stir in bread.  Let stand for 15 minutes.  Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.  Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.

For the sauce, place chocolate chips in a small bowl.  Heat the cream in saucepan just to a boil.  Pour over the chocolate.  Whisk until smooth.  Serve with bread pudding.

You can add coconut and pineapple for variation.  Drain pineapple before adding.

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Peach Ice Cream

 

I haven’t made ice cream all summer!  Even in this hot hot weather.  I finally got around to it yesterday.

I decided to try peach ice cream this time since we have fresh peaches.  I used my basic vanilla recipe from Nourishing Traditions.  And added some peach juice and diced peaches.  I also tried using a 2:1 cream to whole milk ratio instead of all cream (something I read from Nina Planck).  This turned out really well.

It is very good!  We enjoyed it on top of homemade blueberry peach cobbler.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

I used 2 medium peaches.  It could have used one more to make it a little more peachy.

Peach Ice Cream

3 egg yolks
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. arrowroot
2 cups heavy cream, not ultrapasteurized
1 cup whole milk
2-3 medium peaches, diced, juice reserved

In large measureing cup whisk egg yolks and arrowroot.  Add syrup, vanilla, cream, milk and peach juice.  Mix to combine.  Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to instructions (It took about 20 min. in my Kitchen Aid ice cream maker attachment).  Add peach chunks during last minute or two.  Transfer to a shallow container, cover and store in freezer.

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Canned Peaches…The Easy Way :)

After my first attempt at canning peaches I thought I might never try again. But then my in-laws told me how they can peaches. So I decided to give it another shot. Sooooooo much easier and faster. I was able to do the whole process (from filling the canner with water to getting the jars processing) before breakfast this morning (took about an hour total). I had a peck of peaches. They set for 2 days to ripen…perfect timing. I ended up having too many to put in jars in one batch. So I put the remaining peaches in the dehydrator. I didn’t have time to can another batch or peel them to use in a dessert…I’ll have to peel them later, after they’ve been drying for a bit. I did 7 quarts. Here is the process:

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**Updated 9/1/11 – Here are approximate quantities for a batch of peaches:
1/2 bushel ~ 21 quarts of peaches (plus some extra for eating fresh, 3 rounds of canning)
1 round of canning = 7 quarts, ~ 20 peaches, ~ 3cups sugar + 14 cups water
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Prep jars, lids and canner (I used the boiling bath method this time)
Make simple syrup (I did a light syrup…2 1/2-3 cups sugar in about 11 cups water)
Prep treatment solution (I use water and some lemon juice)
Wash peaches
Cut peaches in half
Remove pit
Quarter peaches if necessary (I ended up doing this because the peaches were so large that a half wouldn’t fit through a regular jar mouth)
Place peaches in treatment solution
When all peaches are ready drain solution
Place peaches in hot jars, cut side down if possible
Cover with syrup
Secure lid and band
Process in boiling canner 25 min. for pints, 30 min. for quarts

This is definitely doable. It’s so nice not to have to peel the peaches. When it’s time to use the peaches the skin will slide right off. After my 2 canning experiments we now have 10 quarts and 3 pints of peaches in the pantry. Pretty good for my first year trying. I don’t think I’ll have time to do any more this year. But I think we’ve got enough to last a while. Plus I have a ton in the freezer.

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