Nothing says summer like a perfect ripe peach. Add a splash of cream and you’re got a classic that’s not just for dessert. Whether you’re embellishing a perfect peach or coaxing a flawed one to deliciousness, cream is the answer. Real Simple magazine’s Elizabeth Mayhew was invited on “Today” to share her advice for creating delicious peach dishes.
Peaches and cream is a bewitching combination, one that shouldn’t be limited to the last course. With a small amount of effort and a few additional ingredients, this pairing can be parlayed into incarnations that cover sweet, savory and surprising, from French toast to chicken curry.
Buying and storing
To select a ripe peach, ignore the rosy red blush and look instead at the background color, which should be uniformly yellow or cream, not green (A trace of green at the stem is OK.) Opt for peaches with a fragrant aroma and no bruised or soft spots. Cup your hand around the fruit and squeeze gently; it should give slightly, then spring back.
To store peaches that are just shy of ripeness, place them in a brown paper bag, fold it closed and leave on a counter overnight.
Roasted Peach and Shrimp Salad
Hands-on time: 20 minutes; total time: 45 minutes
White Peach Floats
Hands-on time: 35 minutes; total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
For more recipes, check out the July issue of Real Simple magazine, or visit www.realsimple.com.