Summer will never be my favorite season due to the 90 degree temperature and humidity around here, but I can’t deny that summer produce is my favorite. Since I joined a CSA my kitchen has been overflowing with peaches, nectarines, plums, watermelon, cherries, blackberries and blueberries. I had to admit defeat last week and freeze the rest of my berries and cherries since I knew we weren’t going to be able to use them up before they went bad. But that still left me with a bunch of peaches that needed to be used ASAP.
When I mentioned that on twitter I got lots of suggestions for making a cobbler or pie. A cobbler would definitely be my first choice except I had just made one the previous week: a blackberry cobbler that I posted here years ago. I remade the recipe since I wanted to update the sad looking photos that accompanied it. I highly recommend it, so please check it out if you’re looking for a great cobbler recipe!
But anyway, back to twitter…someone else mentioned peach dumplings and I was intrigued. I’d never heard of that dessert before, so I immediately set out to find a recipe and this one popped out at me. After I made them, I realized that they’re similar to the “hand pies” I’ve seen going around the food blogging community, but they’re shaped into a little pyramid instead of a half moon. The crust is soft, buttery and flaky and it’s filled with half a peach and a sugar/spice/butter mixture that caramelizes while it bakes.