Fresh Peach Recipes: Bourbon Peach Tart

by Pamela

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Peaches come and go in this house like water in the summer, but somehow they rarely make it into any dishes. I find myself eating them while standing over the sink so I don’t get peach juice all over the place. Before I even realize it, I’ve eaten every peach I had bought to add to a salad, grill or turn into one of a million peach dessert recipes I have (but have yet to actually make). I think part of my lack of peach preparing follow through is laziness, but a bigger part of it is that I really like fresh peaches much better than cooked peaches. I think I’ve finally found my happy place with this creamy bourbon peach tart. I mean, it’s got fresh peaches and bourbon in it…could it get any better than that?

I’m really proud of myself. I’ve actually managed to make two things with peaches this summer: this peach tart and the peach preserves I posted about a couple of weeks ago. Hey, sometimes it’s the little things that get you going. Considering everything that I’ve had going on this summer, I’ll take any little victory (even just the perceived one’s) I can get.

I had actually set out to make little bourbon peach hand pies with this latest batch of peaches I had picked up, but the thought of all that work making pie crust just wasn’t something I wanted to do. Plus, the peaches that I had picked up were so delicious as they were, I didn’t really want to do anything to change them. So I decided not to.

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As far as peach dessert recipes go this one is not only easy, but it really lets the flavor of the peaches shine through (so you want to make sure that the fruit that you use in this recipe is at its peak). The crust is so easy you could practically make it with your eyes closed. I used crushed vanilla wafers (the wafers from Trader Joe’s have actual vanilla beans in them), butter and sugar. So it’s a crust that is a whole lot easier than pie dough.

While this is an easy peach tart, it’s also a bit on the decadent side. In the middle of the crunchy crust and juicy peach topping is a creamy and richly flavored layered of mascarpone cheese. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t indulge a little.

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To top it all off, the big juicy chunks of peaches are macerated in some sugar, bourbon and Cointreau. Kinda gives a whole new meaning to fruit cocktail doesn’t it?

Of course I had made the mistake of telling Craig we were going to have pie for dessert that night. While you would think he’d be thrilled to see a dessert of any kind awaiting him, a serious look of consternation washed over his face. You see, he (being of the very literal kind) does not take to flights of whimsy very well. Changes like this are a cause of concern for him. After going through a full blown explanation of the fresh peach recipes that he’s happily consumed and that this would be another, he reluctantly began eating the tart. He then proceeded to have a piece for breakfast AND dinner for the next 3 days.

What’s your favorite peach recipe for the summer?

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