Fresh Peach and Blackberry Custard

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There is nothing better to eat fresh than just-picked summer fruits. Fresh fruit is juicy and sweet with a bit of al dente firmness that brings a smile of satisfaction universally from the consumer. Plentiful at the farmers’ market now are golden peaches and blackberries, a pair of fruits which synergistically lend themselves to culinary delights, including this delicious custard.

For the cook, this recipe is easy, almost fool-proof, and can be made ahead, giving the host maximum time to enjoy dinner and guests.

Ingredients (Serves 8)

1 tsp. butter

1 cup fresh blackberries*

2 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches*

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup sugar

1 1/4 cup milk, half and half, or cream*

3 local eggs*

1/2 tsp. vanilla

pinch of salt

 

Preparation

Blanch whole peaches for about half a minute in simmering water, then immediately plunge into cold water. Slip off the skins and slice. Pour the blackberries and peach slices into a buttered 2-quart baking dish. Whisk the remaining ingredients in a bowl to form a light, thin batter. Pour over the fruit mixture and place in a preheated 350°F oven for 45 minutes, or until browned and puffed around the edges, and the center is set. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving.

Serve plain or with a scoop of Battenkill Valley Creamery ice cream.

A version of this market recipe appears in this week’s edition of Saratoga Today. Ingredients marked with an asterisk (*) are available at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market.