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Everything’s Coming Up Peaches

There is a wonderful orchard about 3 miles from our property where we are currently building our little farmhouse.  It’s about 15 to 20 miles from the nearest town of any size, but draws people from miles and miles around.  My father had a small fruit orchard for many years, as well as a huge garden, but whatever he didn’t grow he got from Scott’s Orchard.  They have 12 to 15 varieties of apples in the fall, as well as pumpkins, local honey, sweet potatoes, caramel popcorn, apple cider vinegar, dried apples…you get the idea.

This time of year they have the most beautiful, delicious peaches, as well as other fruit and vegetables grown on the little farm adjoining the orchard.  You can get fresh okra, squash, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes, and on and on.

It’s really hard to not visit every weekend when we go to the property to work (or look). This weekend was no different, we couldn’t resist, but we did manage to get away with just peaches and huge, delicious watermelon.

I haven’t made my favorite peach dessert in quite awhile, so after I made a peach cobbler and reserved several peaches to put in the freezer for later, I made peach sorbet. This is a delicious sorbet, and so simple to make.   This recipe makes 7 1/2 pints, but I always double it. 

Peach Sorbet

Peach Sorbet

Peach Sorbet
4 c. peeled peaches
2 c. sugar
1 c. orange juice
2 tbsp. lemon juice

Puree’ peaches. In a 4 quart pan, combine orange juice, sugar and lemon juice. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in pureed peaches. Pour into a 13 x 9 inch pan and freeze until firm (not hard). In small batches, process firm mixture in food processor until light and fluffy (1 minute). Fill 1/2 pint freezer containers leaving 1/2 inch head space. Freeze until firm. Makes 7 1/2 pint containers.

This is a great, simple dessert to have on hand for guests…just remove the jars from the freezer about 10-15 minutes prior to serving, to let soften a bit.  Then pop open the lid, and eat right from the jar. 

Delicious, and it couldn’t be easier.

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