7.07.2012

Rosy Peach Fool

As I write this post, it's cloudy and drizzling outside.  It's a lovely gift of relief from the searing summer heat that july brings.  I will reluctantly be turning on my oven today so I can get back to testing for my shop since I feel it's been a little neglected lately.  I have found that it's rather hard to balance priorities between blog, shop, work, and life.  I'm not perfect at it, but I suppose there's a learning curve and I'm trying to improve. 

To combat the summer heat, I've got a simple and refreshing treat for you that only uses 5 ingredients and requires no cooking whatsoever.  It's gluten and grain free, vegan, and refined sugar free so you can indulge without the guilt.  Plus, it requires little time to assemble so you can spend more time enjoying the summer and all it has to offer.  If peaches aren't yet in season where you are, any stone fruit will work just as well. 

Rosy Peach Fool
notes: make sure to chill the coconut milk for several hours or overnight in the fridge. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days, or in the freezer for a couple of months.  Serves 4

1/2 can (about 3/4 cup) of full fat coconut milk, chilled for several hours in the fridge
1/2 to 1 tbsp honey, or agave for vegans
splash of rosewater
2 large peaches, diced or sliced
1/2 tbsp coconut sugar

Mix the peaches and coconut sugar together in a bowl and set aside.

Put the coconut milk in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or alternately, in a bowl with a hand mixer).  Start the mixer on medium-low and run the mixer until the coconut milk starts to gain volume.  Stop the mixer and add the honey and rosewater and beat on medium-high to high until the coconut milk has doubled in volume and soft-medium peaks form.  Taste the cream and then adjust for sweetness/rosewater, making sure to whip it into the cream once more with your mixer.  The end result should look liked soft whipped cream.

To serve, you can either layer the juicy peaches in a bowl with the cream mixture like a trifle, or you can gently toss the peaches with the cream to create a more authentic fool.  I set aside a couple of pieces of peach to garnish with.  Enjoy!



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