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White Wine Amaretto Peach Sauce

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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White Wine Amaretto Peach SauceI recently made this White Wine Amaretto Peach Sauce for the restaurant to serve over peach ice cream. As I was peeling the peaches, I thought of all the ways this could be used for a quick summer dessert.

If you have been following the weather across the states (I realize most people don’t particularly care about the weather elsewhere but I have children in other states and like to see if they are as bad off as we are), you will know that St. Louis is experiencing a brief respite from the very hot temperatures. As a result, I have been indulging myself by going back in the kitchen for short sprints.

I’m not sure when I started making this, but it was a while back. The wine and amaretto give the White Wine Amaretto Peach Sauce a depth of flavor that sugared peaches can’t match. I have used both Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio white wines with excellent results. Continue reading

Roasted Peaches with Amaretti Crisp

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Roasted Peaches with Amaretti CrispThe original recipe for the Roasted Peaches with Amaretti Crisp came from “Bon Appetit” and, of course, I had to dink with it a bit. This topping is so versatile it can be used over other fruit, ice cream or anywhere you want a bit of sweet crunch.

The cookies are readily available in Italian stores (think The Hill in St. Louis) and are great on there own. Low in calories too!  If you are a purist, see my recipe for Amaretti Cookies.

Peeling the peaches for the Roasted Peaches with Amaretti Crisp can be a chore, but if the peaches are ripe, as they should be, the simple trick of popping them into boiling water for a couple of minutes, makes removing the skins a snap. Cut an X in the bottom of the peach skin before dunking it.  Leave it in until you can feel the skins loose. Run it under cold water as soon as it is done and just slip the skin off. Continue reading

Baked Pluots with Amaretti Crisp

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Baked Pluots with Amaretti CrispMy daughter-in-law Kate absolutely loves pluots and I agree.  Fully ripened,  this combination of plums and apricots is decadently sweet and lends itself perfectly with amaretti cookies.  Crushed with brown sugar, almonds and butter they add a bit of sweetness to the pluots.  If you can’t find pluots use any ripe plum.

If you’ve never experienced a pluot it is a treat. Sixty to seventy percent plum with thirty to forty percent apricot this fruit is almost heart shaped. It can be eaten raw, grilled, or baked as in this quick dessert.Pluot for Baked Pluots with Amaretti Crisp Continue reading

Amaretti Cookies

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Amaretti Cookie photoI haven’t found anything to date made with almond extract that I don’t love. These Amaretti cookies which are Italy’s version of a macaroon are a perfect example. Crunchy, gluten free and low in fat, these are the perfect accompaniment to lightly sweetened or macerated fresh fruit or ice cream.

While these can be found in Italian grocery stores, it can be difficult to find them in state side grocery stores. But Amaretti cookies are so easy to make you don’t have to search them out anymore.

There are several ways to make them. I prefer to use almond paste rather than ground almond. No matter how much the almonds are pulverized  in the processor, they will never be as smooth as almond paste with its distinctive bitter almond flavoring. Do not use marzipan. While almond paste is an ingredient in marzipan, it is not pure almond paste.  My store carries an eight ounce package which is perfect for this recipe. Continue reading

Peach Pizza

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Slice on trivetWhen I told Mike (my husband) that this week’s blog was Peach Pizza, he was visibly skeptical. And that is really unusual.  He normally eats anything I make and tells me it’s good.  Undaunted, we started the photography.  It didn’t get any better.  I could see the confusion on Mike’s face.  Granted peach pizza isn’t something you run across in pizza shops but with peaches hitting their stride, this is the perfect time to try something new with this not too sweet dessert.  While you want the peaches to be ripe, you don’t want them too soft or they will turn to mush when you poach them.

The crust for this pizza is the best of all possible crusts – the French all butter Pate Brisee a L’oeuf which is unequalled in taste.  The combination of flours emulates pastry flour which is more tender than all purpose alone. The egg yolk strengthens the pastry while the lemon juice adds crispness and color.  Ice cold water is important and I generally fill a measuring cup with ice and add water while I prep the other ingredients.  It is easy to measure from the cup. However, a friend of mine just gave me a great tip. Put the water and ice cubes in a gravy separator and the ice stays behind when you pour out the water. (Thanks, Hilda.)  To see  if the dough will come together, take a bit between your fingers and squeeze it together.  If it stays together and doesn’t feel dry, it is done.  Otherwise, add water a teaspoon or so at a time. Normally a very flaky crust, here it is weighted down to keep if from rising too much and over powering the filling. Continue reading