Blueberry Peach Crostata

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).


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Blueberry Peach Crostata
 
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Recipe type: Dessert or Breakfast Pastry
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse 3 times to mix.
  2. Add cold butter pieces and pulse at one second intervals until the butter is mixed in
  3. Add the eggs and pulse until the dough forms a ball on the blade of the processor.
  4. Turn the dough out of the food processor onto a floured surface, and carefully remove the blade.
  5. Divide the dough into 6 pieces and roll out each piece into a 6 inch disc.
  6. Refrigerate discs for 10 minutes.
  7. Mix Fruit with sugar and divide between the six discs
  8. Fold dough about 1 inch around the crostata, making 4 or 5 folds that overlap each other.*
  9. Brush dough with egg
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes
  11. Serve with fresh whipped cream
Notes
If the dough has gotten too warm and seems to be very soft, return to the refrigerator for 20 minutes to allow it to set up. Then bake as directed.

 

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!

Comments

  1. time management is 100% my achilles heel. i can have a job, be in school, have no job, no school, etc and i still feel like i have a million things to do and no time to do them. what is the deal?

    gorgeous crostata! peach and blueberry is such a striking combination.

  2. Oooo little individual lovely crostatas! They look sooo delicious! That crust and the peaches must just be in perfect harmony

  3. It has been very busy for me too lately. I love the rustic look of these crostatas. I could eat one right now…

  4. Beautiful! I love the idea of making little individual crostatas instead of one big one. A perfect breakfast treat! :)

  5. Very nice! Ahhh… time, or the lack of it. Hectic lives. It’s so nice that something small with fresh seasonal fruit can make you smile. What a nice thing to do on a Sunday morning. They make me want to make some, or take a bite out of your picture!

  6. Days fly by so fast, and not even half the things get done. That crostata looks yummmmm….

  7. Yummmmm!!! I will defiantly try it♥¸.•*´¯*♥

  8. I’d be much happier in the morning too with a crostata like this for breakfast. Love the filling and looks fantastic:)

  9. They look delicious…I can eat two of them :) with scoops of vanilla ice cream..mmmmm I am beginning to like the idea of making them myself ! Thanks Chef for the recipe. Have a great weekend.

    Regards,
    Elin

  10. Yum! I love these types of pastries!

  11. I know the feeling of not having enough time! I am not much of a baker either, but these look so pretty!

  12. When I’m down or stressed I turn to baking, something about it which I’m yet to figure out, calms me down, and this mostly take place at night!
    The individual crostatas look really good, blueberry and peach magically transform into more delicious and sweet delights when baked, so looking at your creation makes me want to bite my laptop screen :)

  13. Small, beautiful, rounds of yumminess. :)

  14. How incredibly good that crostata looks!!! Blueberry and peach…winter is knocking on the door, and this is just the thing the mind craves….

  15. Looks delicious! The perfect combination of peaches and blueberries…two of my favorites!

  16. Chef, baking does the same for me with regard to soul soothing. These scrumptious-looking crostatas had to be as pleasing to the palate as they are to the eye. Lovely work, Dennis. Peace to you & yours from NorCal!

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