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Speedy Fruit Ripening

So what’s the deal with fruit ripening faster in a brown papered bag? How and why is this happening?  In a recent Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food I found this little tidbit titled “The Time is Ripe.”

"It’s true:  Some fruits, such as peaches, nectarines, and plums, ripen faster when stored in a paper bag.  The science behind the trick?  Ehylene, a gas emitted from most produce, transforms hard fruits into soft, sweet ones. By placing unripe fruit in a bag, you trap the gas, concentrating it and speeding up the ripening process."

Science. Cool.



Peach Pie

They don’t make pie like they used to.  This is a recipe from my Grams, and when we were chatting it up the other day she told me the first time she had this peach pie was at her sister-in-law’s apartment for dinner when she was dating my gramps, in 1942.


6-7 fresh peaches

1 cup sugar

3 Tablespoons cornstarch

1 Tablespoon flour

1/2 teaspoon almond extract (I didn’t have this and it was still amazing)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup heavy cream

Peel and halve peaches, arranging them in an unbaked pie shell, cut side up.  Combine sugar, cornstarch, and flour.  Then add the cream and flavoring-mixing well.  Pour over peaches. Bake 15 minutes at 450, then 45 minutes at 325.  Serve cold with local vanilla icecream- I always recommend Ronnybrook Farms. 



Peach Cobbler

With stone fruit being in season, and the peaches in my kitchen ripening faster than we can eat them, I made an EASY peach cobbler the other night for dessert.  Serve it with some delicious vanilla ice cream and enjoy.

1/2 cup butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 Tablespoon baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 cup milk

4 cups fresh peach slices

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Melt butter and place in the bottom or a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add milk and stir until moistened.  Pour batter over the butter, but DO NOT stir.

Bring 1 cup sugar, peach slices, an lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly.  Pour over batter in the baking dish and DO NOT stir.  Sprinkle with cinnamon if you like. 

Bake at 375 for 40 minutes or until golden brown.