To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
August 22, 2013
PEACH DUMPLINGS...OH HONEY....OH BABY!
My mother used to make the best apple dumplings! I mean, the best! So, when looking at these beautiful summer peaches that were on the kitchen counter, I somehow thought perhaps they would be a good substitute for the apples in her recipe! I also had just purchased some fresh living basil! Oh honey......oh honey.....do not pass up this recipe.....simply divine!
The Sugar Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup water
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. ginger
2 t. vanilla extract, to be added after syrup has boiled and cooled
A few sprigs of FRESH basil (yep, Basil)
2 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
8 tsp. butter, cubed and very cold
½ cup buttermilk
peaches, peeled and cut in wedges
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown
(Gives the dumplings a beautiful, golden brown color)
In a small
saucepan, combine sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and fresh basil. Bring to a boil, simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add vanilla. Set syrup
baking powder and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl.
Add the butter to the flour mixture, quickly
blend with a fork to make sure each cube is covered in flour mixture and until
dough resembles a cornmeal consistency.
Add buttermilk until just combined. If there
is flour at the bottom of the bowl, add a small amount of milk.
On a floured
cutting board, roll dough into a rectangle, 1/4″ thick. Cut into squares. The
size of the squares depends on your desired serving size. This recipe will make four dumplings.
sugar and spice mixture over the peaches and gently coat the peaches. Top each
dough square with about 5 medium sliced wedges per square.
Brush egg wash on the corners of pastry dough.
Fold each corner to middle, overlapping.Egg wash the entire outside of dumpling. Sprinkle with sugar.
Place dumplings in a 9” x 13” baking dish. Pour
the sugar syrup over the dumplings and
bake 375 degrees F. for 35 to 45 minutes. Oh baby, baby!!