Thursday, 14 March 2013

Thursday Garden Gobbles - Peaches again!

The peaches are falling like... peaches.  As I type the soft thud of a falling peach can be heard in the background as yet another topples to the ground, and its not even windy.

I know they don't look ripe, but this peach tree produces green tinged yellow fruit which is white inside.
I have so many peaches and I have made so many peachy things already. Peach chutney, peach pies, loads of stewed peaches in the freezer and I have no more room. I have made salads with peaches and eaten loads fresh. I have years worth of jams in the cupboard - strawberry and apricot and others I have picked up at community stalls, I don't need any more jam of any sort. Now what to do?  I can't give them away as neighbours are groaning under their own fruit gluts and I don't yet have chookies.

I am also not actively defending the peaches from others who like to eat them. The wallabies are eating as many as they want by night, sucking the stones clean and adding to the mulch.

And the crimson rozellas are free to sample.

the t-shirt as basket
Desert, yes desert. Anyone who knows me knows I don't have a big sweet tooth and I rarely contemplate desert, but there is a peach emergency and something has to be done, so desert is it - peach clafoutis.

This is the image I sent to ABC Riverina's Gardening Talk-back in order to try to identify the pale variety - they couldn't help. They said it looks like a moon.  Pretty isn't it?
Peach Clafoutis  (*from the patch)
1 cup milk
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup honey
3 eggs
1 tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp sugar
* 3 cups  peeled and sliced peaches

Prepare peaches and toss in sugar and reserve. Lightly grease a baking dish and place the fruit and sugar mix in the bottom of the dish.

Place all ingredients except the peaches and the sugar in a blender and blend. Pour over the fruit. Bake in a 180c oven until golden brown. Eat.

Looks good doesn't it? But in fact is was a bit loose. I followed a recipe exactly... it might have been loose because the  fruit was very juicy (even though I drained it and drank the peach nectar -  yum) or because the batter was too moist.  If I were to make this again with the same fruit, then I would use only 1/2 cup of milk. Was it yummy?  Yes.

I am contributing this post to VG's Thursday Garden Gobbles, see what bounty others are cooking.


  1. How wonderful to have so much you can share with the wallabies. The clafouti looks absolutely divine, the honey instead of sugar is a nice touch.

  2. Looks yum. I've never heard of a clafouts before. Like you I'm not a big dessert maker. But my kids would love it I'm sure. Our figs have been feeding the birds and I haven't been defending them... Even though figs are rather tricky to pick at the right time.

  3. We all hate wasting our produce, but sometimes, you just have to let it go! Good for you, coming up with lots of recipes for peaches.

    At times, I need to move on to the next glut or SCREAM, as I'm so sick of dealing with whatever it might be! Corn is my thing, at the moment. It's a sad story, but my (relatively new) freezer/fridge has died and can't be fixed until next week but the corn is ready NOW.

    I haven't mastered the pressure canner yet (actually, I haven't had the chance to try it out, at all!) so all I know, is how how to freeze the corn.

    Ah well, there are a lot worse things to deal with in the world than a veggie glut. :)

    1. Last night our local wild pig trapper went in search of the pigs that are rooting around the hut paddock. We were SO hoping that he trapped a pig, we were going to pop it in a sty and I had vissions of feeding up piggy on excess peaches... alas, no piggy.



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