ll Cibo é L'essenza Della Vita....

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"If you want to live forever and ever, drink wine and eat maccheroni." ~~~Sicilian Proverb

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Florida Fun and a Summer Peach Tart

Hi All! 

Boy, do we miss you all!!!  I am going through major Blogland Withdrawl here! And yes, that is an official diagnosis.

We're here in Florida till the end of next week, but I just wanted to share a tiny bit of what our days have been like

There's been a lot of Grandpa love....

Aunt Allie is VERY popular here!

Shopping at a local antique mall...

Yes, I had to be dragged away...

Some things were easier to leave behind...

and some were interesting..

And the Italian market around the corner??? Calls my name every day!

Be still my heart!

SO many goodies

LOVE the prices!

And we came home last night and made this...

Peach Cream Tart

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 tablespoons sour cream
About 6 medium peaches, peeled and sliced (I dip them in boiling water for a minute, then in ice water- peels slip right off)
3 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground (pureed, not powdered) ginger
1/2 cup peach preserves  warmed with 1 tablespoon frozen lemonade concentrate
Preheat the oven the 375 degrees F.
To make the crust, place the flour, butter, and sour cream in food processor and pulse to combine. When the dough has formed a ball, roll out and pat with lightly floured hands into the bottom and sides of an ungreased 10-inch tart pan or spring form pan. (I used a spring form- my young daughter-in-law's kitchen is still a work in progress and tart pans are on my list for her) Bake for about 15 minutes, until the crust is set but not browned. Let cool while preparing the filling.
Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
To make the filling, if using fresh peaches, peel and thickly slice the peaches. Arrange the fresh or canned peach slices in overlapping circles on top of the crust, until it's completely covered. Overfill the crust, as peaches will draw up during cooking. Combine the egg yolks, sour cream, sugar, and flour and beat until smooth. Pour the mixture over the peaches.
Place the tart pan on a baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour, until the custard sets and is pale golden in color. Cover with an aluminum foil tent if the crust gets too dark.
Transfer the tart pan to a wire rack to cool. When cool, remove the side wall of the pan. To make the glaze, combine the preserves or jelly and lemonade. Spread with a pastry brush over the top of the warm tart. Serve the tart warm, at room temperature, or chilled.
**If using fresh peaches, sprinkle with a little lemon juice after slicing.

We'll be back next week with stories, pictures, tablescapes, recipes and a fabulous CSN review

(here's a hint about THAT)

Major YUM in store!!

So- do you miss us??  :)

As Always,

Buon Cibo, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. So glad to see you are having a wonderful week! You must have felt like you were in heaven in the Italian Market! Love the pictures. The pool looks so refreshing...we are in a heat wave here in Pa.!
    Wishing you a wonderful week with your family!!
    (P.S. I agree it is an official diagnosis!)

  2. You will have to do a post just on that Italian much fun is that place?!! I am glad the visit is going well and that you are getting your grandma "fix."
    The tart looks so refreshing ~ I love the glaze with the lemonade concentrate. What a great idea!

  3. I am so glad you checked in! We've missed you here in the Land of Blog, Pattie. And that tart looks delicious! YUM!

    I can't get over how much Allie looks like her niece! Look at those cuties, all three of them. Darling. And I love the pic of your DH with your grand!

    Have a great time!


    Sheila :-)

  4. Looks like you are having a great time, Pattie. Miss you!

  5. Looks like you all are enjoying FL. That is wonderful to be with the grandkids. Peach tart looks like something I need to make this weekend. Continue having fun and take lots of pics to keep us drooling, lol!

  6. Pattie and Allie the trip looks fun and the peach tart looks great! Joni

  7. The tart is so pretty and looks like a week of great times and memories. Have a great next week with family and a safe trip home with good weather too and glad you are having time off from your intense schedules. ~take care and God Bless~Emelia.

  8. That looks delicious! Hope you are having fun!

  9. Pattie, YOu and Allie have been sooooo missed. But I see that you are having a wonderful time and I am so happy for you.
    This peach creation looks too good to eat! Honestly, where do you get the time?
    This is going in my "if I ever get the nerve" file. I am not a baker so this one might be a little out of my league!
    But I can certainly drool over these magnificent pictures.
    Give Allie a hug for me!

  10. That looks so good and I bought peaches today. I might have to go to the store to buy sour cream tomorrow.

  11. Hi Pattie

    When you have time stop by my blog, I have some awards for you if you would like them!

  12. I looks like you're having a wonderful time! Enjoy your stay, your family and have fun. You're so sweet to post a luscious dessert even while your on vacation! I looks wonderful!

  13. Hi Pattie - I'm so happy that you are enjoying your vacation with family. And thanks for sharing that scrumptious peach tart with us. Wish I could have tagged along when you went antique shopping.

  14. And it looks like wonderful family time but your blogger friends miss you! Happy to hear that you are having such a wonderful time. I also wanted to share a website with you. My husband is Lebanese so I'm hooked on the food. Here is a cooking website and I think you would like making these zucchini flowers.

    Enjoy the rest of your vacation days!

  15. wow che delizia!!complimenti!!ciao!!

  16. Looks like you all are having fun! Love the antiques and the Italian market! I would vsit both daily! lol Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  17. So happy to hear you are all having such a fabulous time in Florida with some much needed nonna hugs.

  18. Of course you are missed! I am having withdrawls! But, it sure looks like you guys are having a wonderful time!

  19. What fun you are having. I love to shop when I am away from home and it looks like you had tons of it. The Italian shop looks incredible. The tart looks delish. Can't wait till peaches are ready here. Get home safely.

  20. It looks like you are having a wonderful time in Florida Allie and Pattie! I'm sure the time is going by fast..enjoy every minute!
    Your peach cream tart looks so amazing, Pattie. I would love that market and the antique store!
    I have something in my blog today about Belle Harbor, Queens, and the Wounded Warriors event I though your husband may like to see..what a wonderful thing the residents of belle harbor are doing for the wounded veterans of the Iraq war!

    Travel back home safely!

  21. I'm glad you're having fun, and very glad you'll be back soon with "stories, pictures, tablescapes, & recipes!" Your peach tart looks amazing!!!

  22. Yes, I DO miss you! Your peach tart looks delicious. Love the antique mall and the Italian market.XX00

  23. I certainly miss you. I know it's selfish but I do. I loved your photos today. I could almost smell the cheese in the deli. Your tart sounds wonderful. Why do I suspect there wasn't a scrap left? I hope the day treats you kindly. Blessings...Mary

  24. It looks as if you are having lots of fun to me. I think your granddaughter looks just like Allie, amazing!! thank you for stopping by yesterday and leaving me your kind words. I hold you as one of my dearest blogging friends. I have missed you!!! You are always the first one to comment on my blog, I kind of got spoiled that way. Have a wonderful trip and enjoy your gorgeous family. I have my 2 grandsons here the rest of the week, they are so precious but growing up fast and to quickly for grammy,kathysue

  25. Is your email somewhere on your website and I'm missing it? I wanted to send you something. Can you email me?

  26. I want to go on vacation with you guys!

  27. First time visitor to your lovely blog. We're visiting Florida in November and am hopeful to find antique shops and Italian markets... what a wonderful thing to envision!
    We're hoping to return to Italy and Tuscany next year...another wonderful thing!


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