There are two things that signify summer to me, and when they show up local, ripe, and fresh, I immediately shift into excessive-fruit-consumption mode. The two fruits I wait all year for are honeydew melon and peaches. When I lived in Oregon, blueberries would be on the list, but they never get that cheap here, and I was completely spoiled growing up because my parents grew them in the back yard. Now non-fresh-from-the-yard blueberries just seem to be missing something.
Anyway, peaches. I love them. I love cutting them up and eating them on cereal, biting into them whole like they’re apples, baking tarts with them, and now, baking these cookies. The original recipe called for strawberries, but I thought peaches would be a nice substitution. I used whole wheat pastry flour because that’s all I bake with these days, and I think the subtle nuttiness plays well off the peach flavor. I also added a pinch of nutmeg because nutmeg and peaches just seem to make sense together. They’re kind of like a cross between a cookie and a scone, and I can’t wait to make more!
(adapted from Martha Stewart via Beantown Baker)
2 cups roughly chopped, not-too-ripe peaches (this was about 3 large peaches for me – I left the skin on but you can take it off if you prefer)
9 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp coarse salt
6 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup heavy cream
Preheat the oven to 375 F and line a few baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.
Toss the peaches with 2 tbsp sugar and set aside.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and 7 tbsp sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it between your fingers (or mix with a pastry blender) until it looks like coarse crumbs. Gently stir in the cream, followed by the peaches.
Scoop up about 2 tbsp of dough and drop onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing the cookies about 2″ apart. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until beginning to brown on the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.