So many things to make and so little time…..sigh. Do you ever feel that way? I just started back to school and I’ve got so many new items I want to try, but once again it looks as though time is the enemy. There’s just not enough hours in the day.
I’m still struggling a bit to get my rhythm back, I’ll think I got it this time, and then I remember something I forgot to do. You think after seven years I’d have my morning ritual down pat, but there always seems to be a distraction, or something else demanding my attention, and I find myself wondering “where did the day go?” That’s once reason I always try to get as much done as humanly possible by 8 am, because after that, it’s just one thing after another.
Some people would say it’s all about planning and sticking to that plan, but I say that’s all well and good if you don’t have any variables in your plan. Because if you do, then you know that’s when Mr. Murphy rears his ugly head and if something can go wrong it usually does. Deliveries are late, product isn’t on the truck, employees call out…..and the list goes on and on.
The really fun days are when you just know somethings going to happen, you’re just not sure what or when, it like the song says, “I can’t see a single storm cloud in the sky, but I sure can smell the rain”.
My wife thinks I can fix anything, I just always seem to be able to figure out a solution……..working in the kitchen for 35 years will do that to you. If only life was that easy to fix.
When I feel like things just couldn’t get worse, I bake. I’m not an exceptional baker, but it’s something that I love to do (sometimes I think mostly because I love to eat), there’s something calming about baking. Baking demands your full attention, and if you don’t give it, the results can be less than pleasing. But at the same time, baking soothes the soul, it’s never really like work to me, and I think that’s why I enjoy it so much. It feels more like recess , and I get to go outside and play. Life is suddenly so much better, even more so when the oven timer goes off…..
I’ve had a few of those days lately, so Sunday morning I got down the flour, chilled the butter, peeled the peaches and made some delicious little crostata’s…..sigh, and guess what…….life was suddenly so much better.
Peaches are still in season and couldn’t be better, so juicy and so sweet, I think I ate half of everything I peeled while making these sweet little pies. And what goes better with peaches than fresh plump blueberries, bursting with flavor…..sigh All I needed was some homemade whipped cream to make this the perfect dessert or in my case breakfast! My morning paper, a cup of good coffee and a warm blueberry peach crostata…..life doesn’t get much better than that (well at least at my age).
- 2 cups (240 g) all purpose flour
- ⅓ cup (65 g) sugar
- ½ tsp (2.5 g) baking powder
- ¼ tsp (1.25 g) salt
- 8 tbsp (120 g) unsalted butter, cut into 10 pieces
- 2 large eggs
- 3 peaches peeled and sliced
- 1½ cups (225 g) blueberries
- ½ cup (100 g) Sugar in the raw
- 1 egg beaten
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse 3 times to mix.
- Add cold butter pieces and pulse at one second intervals until the butter is mixed in
- Add the eggs and pulse until the dough forms a ball on the blade of the processor.
- Turn the dough out of the food processor onto a floured surface, and carefully remove the blade.
- Divide the dough into 6 pieces and roll out each piece into a 6 inch disc.
- Refrigerate discs for 10 minutes.
- Mix Fruit with sugar and divide between the six discs
- Fold dough about 1 inch around the crostata, making 4 or 5 folds that overlap each other.*
- Brush dough with egg
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes
- Serve with fresh whipped cream
Those Blueberry Peach Crostata made such a wonderful breakfast, I wish I had time to make them more often, I do think it would improve my outlook on life!
Have a great week my friends!