We recently moved to a new house and I inherited some fruit trees - peaches, figs and pears. I am so lucky. Once I saw the green peaches, I needed to figure out when to pick them. What I've learnt is that you need to pick peaches when they are yellow and red and smell oh so sweet.
They will not ripen off the tree if you pick them green (learnt the hard way). Also keep your eye out and once you see a bunch of peaches half eaten around you will know you need to get ready and grab them before someone else(squirrels, neighbors :)) does.
What do I do with so many peaches ? Cook them of course.
Here is a recipe for some peach, banana and oatmeal bread (no sugar added) which is super easy to make not to mention delicious.. Stay tuned for more recipes - peach popsicles, pork chops with a peach sauce, peach jam, peach cobbler, grilled peaches .... If you think of something great please let me know.
Peach, Banana and Oatmeal Bread
11/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 tsp canola oil 1
1 cup old fashioned oats
2 eggs beaten
2 ripe bananas
2 ripe peaches
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
In a bowl stir together the dry ingredients - flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder. Add oil and eggs and mix well.
Mash the bananas and peaches together using a blender.
Add the pureed banana and peaches to the batter along with the oats and mix. Pour in the loaf pan and bake for 45-55 mms (or till cake springs back up when you press it). Allow to cool in pan for 10mns. Using a spatula looses the cake from the pan and allow cake to cool on a wire rack for 10 mns
Note: I will try it with whole wheat flour next time.