Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Sweet Georgia Peaches!
So I’m driving home from visiting Crystal and ready to be off of the road. Roughly four and a half hours have gone by and I’m tired, hungry, in need of a bathroom break, and low on gas! At this point I have been through South Carolina, most of Georgia, and decided my next stop would have to be in Florida, but I was too impatient and decided to stop in Georgia, three miles before reaching Florida. So here I am at Exit 3 trying to find a decent gas station. I get to this gas station, and set up right next door is a little hut with a man selling sweet Georgia peaches! Yum! So of course I had to buy some, and the man even let me try a piece before I bought them… boy oh boy were they amazing!
I get started again on the final leg of my road trip and I call my mom… I’m telling her how I just bought these wonderful peaches. My mom knew that David and I would be doing dinner with his family in a couple of days, so she suggested I make some kind of dessert with the peaches I just purchased, something like a peach cobbler. Of course, the first thing I think of when my mom says peach cobbler is the scene from the movie Deuce Bigalow, when Deuce is on one of his “dates” and they are playing a trivia game… the question is “Which pie has the most sugar”? PEACH COBBLER.
Of course my health radar kicks in and I am now on a mission to find a lower calorie dessert that involves peaches. Here you have it! Cinnamon peach crisp! As I was browsing recipes, I noticed a lot of them contained WAY too much butter, but this cinnamon peach crisp was different... not too much sugar and only a small amount of butter. Perfect!
Wow this was delicious and a big hit! My only modifications to the recipe were: A) margarine instead of butter, B) demerara cane sugar (raw sugar crystals) instead of granulated sugar, and C) lots and lots of cinnamon instead of the ½ teaspoon the recipe called for. I would recommend all of these changes too! I served the dessert with light vanilla ice cream (it was actually delicious ice cream for being light, publix makes it…).
I was also thinking that this recipe would be wonderful with other fruits as well. I would like to try cinnamon apple crisp next time with granny smith apples!
Here is the recipe, in case any of you are interested. I found this recipe, once again, on Allrecipes.com:
4 cups sliced peeled fresh peaches (about 7 medium-sized peaches)
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. In a bowl, combine the peaches, orange juice, brown sugar and cinnamon. Transfer to an 8-in. square baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Combine the flour, sugar and baking powder. Add egg and butter; mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over peaches.
2. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over crumb mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden brown. Serve warm.