I know, I know. Considering it’s been dangerously hot out for the last week baking doesn’t seem quite like the thing to do.
Thankfully Paul doesn’t mind that I keep the AC set to 70.
There’s been so many zucchini from the garden and there’s local peaches for sale at our Whole Foods Market, so I was itching to do something. Plus my computer got virused and I couldn’t get online for a few days.
Not that I honestly have wanted to do anything while it’s been this hot other than lay around and nap (the pool water’s been into the 95 range, so we can’t even swim) , but I couldn’t let all this goodness go bad.
First up was a twist on plain ol’ Zucchini Bread that I found while wandering around Pinterest.
Zucchini Blueberry Bread. (Click the link to go straight to the recipe)
Fortunately I am also swimming in an abundance of eggs so I got to use of some of those as well.
Grated zucchini plus plump fresh blueberries in a sweet and cinnamon-y batter. Yum!
I can tell it’s awesomely good, but I can’t tell you much more because Neve’s barely let me have any.
Clearly it’s excellent summer snacking for the 8 year old crowd.
Next up is Peach Cobbler from a Country Living article a summer or two ago. It’s made in a cast iron skillet, which I find incredibly charming and rustic in a fruit dessert.
You can go right to the recipe by clicking on it above, but basically you get a bunch of fresh peaches, scald them in boiling water to soften them up a bit and make the skin slide off nice and easily.
You make a luscious topping with your dry ingredients (plus a hint of dried ginger) and toss your sliced peaches in a bowl with sugar and vanilla. I added a bunch of cinnamon as well.
Throw it in your cast iron skillet, top it with your chilled topping like so:
Throw it in the oven and bake it and enjoy the magnificent aromas that will fill your kitchen.
Then it will disappear with alarming speed, I guarantee.
Just like peach and zucchini season will disappear before we know it as well. So go forth and enjoy the fruits of summer while they last!