Combine fresh peaches and butter to make a delicious summer spread that is perfect for your morning toast. Learn about Pearson Farm Georgia peaches and the Flame Prince Peach. We also answer the question - are peaches good at the end of the season?
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In case you are just tuning in, welcome to our Person Peach Series. This summer I am receiving 7 boxes of peaches from Pearson Farm near Fort Valley, Georgia. Each box will contain a different variety of Prince peaches. It’s a fantastic way to experience the different flavors, textures, and colors of the peach.
Does it get much better than butter spread on to bread?
Yes it does, when you add peaches.
In this week's post I am sharing a recipe for Peach Compound Butter and the Flame Prince peaches that I received from Pearson Farm. Also make sure to read our peach shopping tip after the recipe.
Each week I have been sharing some info on the farm I have been getting the peaches. The final fact I want to share is that the people who work for Pearson Farm are amazing. I have been emailing back and forth with Angela Young from Pearson and she has been a delight. Thank you Angela for your support and sending all the peaches my way. How about next year I come down and get some peaches in person?
? Flame Prince Peach
Commence playing the Olympic theme song in your head. The Flame Prince peach was named for the Olympic flame.
Dr. Okie, the one who breeds the peaches in the Prince peach series wanted to name his last variety of the season after the Olympics to go along with the Atlanta Summer Olympics of 1996. The first commercial harvest of the peach was scheduled to take place during those games. Unfortunately the crop suffered a complete loss. But the the name still stuck with the variety.
Out of all the peaches that I received this year from Pearson Farm, the Flame Prince was the most flavorful of them all. Talk about saving the best for last! This peach was incredible. Perfect amount of sweetness. Juicy. Just everything you want in a peach.
Originally I wasn't going to get these peaches by I was offering another shipment of peaches to end the season. Thank goodness for our encores!
?? How to Make Peach Compound Butter
I have learned a lot of tricks from Alton Brown over the years. Follow my blog for any length of time and you will hear me bring up one or two. Here is one right now - make compound butters for quick flavor enhancements.
What is Compound Butter?
It is simply adding other ingredients to butter. You take room temperature butter and give it a spin in your food processor. Then you add whatever kinds of flavors you want. You can go sweet or savory. Roasted garlic and/or herbs are the most common. You find them most often used at Thanksgiving under the skin of a turkey.
It doesn't always have to be savory, you can certainly go sweet. For this compound butter I am using a single Flame Prince peach - use whatever variety you find. I would suggest a yellow peach over a white peach for the acidity. You also could use a nectarine. Add some brown sugar and you have the perfect piece of toast waiting to happen.
Here is all you will need:
- 1 Large Peach
- 1 lb Butter
- 4 tsp brown sugar (you could use honey instead if you want)
Learn how to make your own brown sugar
Making the butter is super easy to do in a food processor.
Slice up the butter enough so that it fits in the food processor. You don't need to cut it that small, the processor will do the work.
Then take it for a spin until it's smooth like in the photo.
Now add in the peaches and brown sugar. I cut the peaches into bite sized peaches. You want to be sure there isn't any super large chunks.
And process again until combined. That's it!
Here is a short 1 minute video showing you how to do in the food processor.
How to Store
For storing the butter, I always keep in wrapped up in some wax paper and placed in the freezer. You can cut off how ever much you need and allow it to come to room temperature before spreading.
- 1 peach chopped
- 1 pound salted butter room temperature
- 4 teaspoonns brown sugar
- Take your remove the pit and chop it into bite sized pieces
- Add your room temperature butter to your food processor. Process until smooth, scraping the sides a couple times if need be.
- Add in the brown sugar and process to combine.
- Add in the peaches and process to combine
- Remove the butter to a piece of wax paper. Roll into a log shape being careful not to get paper stuck in the middle. Place in the freezer to harden.
- Keeps best in the freezer. Bring to room temperature to make it easier to spread.
❓ Are Peaches Good at the End of the Season?
After hearing my rave review of the Flame Prince peach it should be clear that the answer is yes. Peaches picked at the end of the season can be really good. In fact some of my favorite peaches are the last ones off the tree. These seem to be among the most flavorful.
Every year I try to head over to the west coast of Michigan to Fruit Acres Farm where I will pick their last variety of peaches along with my wife's favorite apple the Blondee. One of the vendors at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market used to grow a variety called Sweet Sue that had the most wonderful maple-like flavor (unfortunately a bad winter wiped out their trees).
Here comes the but. This I did not find to be true for peaches at the grocery store. In fact I find them to be pretty bad at the end of the season. Most likely you are getting peaches that have spent way too much time in cold storage which leaves you with mealy, disgusting fruit.
I rarely ever buy peaches from the grocery store past July. Peaches are in season locally anyway during that period, so I don't have to experience the very sad end that the California peaches have at the grocery store.
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