From NPR's Heirloom recipe contest. So unique and fun, not to mention delicious. As this dessert bakes, a yummy syrup is formed and vacuumed up into an upside down ramekin, so that when you invert it, you have a ready-made syrup all ready to eat with the baked peaches and biscuit-cake.
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Peaches and Syrup
- 7 medium peaches, peeled (see note)
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1For the peaches and syrup: Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 400°F
- 2Place a 6-ounce custard cup or ramekin upside down in the center of a 9-inch pie plate and arrange the peaches around the custard cup.
- 3Combine the brown sugar, water, butter, vanilla, and salt in a medium saucepan and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the butter melts, about 5 minutes.
- 4Pour the syrup over the peaches.
- 5For the dough: Pulse the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor until blended.
- 6Add the butter and pulse until the flour mixture is pale yellow and resembles course cornmeal.
- 7Put the mixture into a medium bowl.
- 8Using a rubber spatula, fold the milk into the flour mixture, pressing the mixture against the sides of the bowl to form the dough.
- 9Squeeze the dough together and flatten into a disk.
- 10On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough into a 9-inch circle.
- 11Lay the dough directly over the peaches and press and fit the dough so that it fits snuggly around peaches. (The dough will stretch as you fit it around the peaches, but do not attach the dough to the pie plate.).
- 12Bake until the top is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
- 13Transfer the pan to a rack and let cool for 30 minutes.
- 14Place a large rimmed serving plate over the top of the pie plate and quickly invert the puzzle onto a plate.
- 15Cut into wedges around each peach and serve, pouring syrup over each portion.
- 16note: Since this dish is all about the peaches, save it for when fresh local peaches are in season. And it is important to choose peaches that are neither very ripe nor rock-hard — they should give a little when squeezed. Be sure to invert the pie plate quickly to avoid losing any of the syrup. Serve with vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.
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Nutritional Facts for Peach Puzzle (A Magic Recipe!)
Serving Size: 1 (241 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 7
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 334.3
- Calories from Fat 112
- Total Fat 12.4 g
- Saturated Fat 7.6 g
- Cholesterol 32.3 mg
- Sodium 298.0 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 54.0 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
- Sugars 34.6 g
- Protein 3.7 g