Thermomix Peach Pie

Peaches! 🍑

It is one of the fruits that, to me, embodies SUMMER (along with my other summer favorite, blueberries). And now that Summer 2019 is coming to an end (my son went back to school today, 5th grade!) I’d like to share an easy Peach Pie recipe with you.

You could use store bought dough for the crust but making it is easy if you have a few minutes to spare.

I recommend using peaches that are somewhat soft when you press them and those that have their “shoulders” wrinkled slightly and “dropped” already. They are the most flavorful ones, plus, they peel easily.

Roll out the bigger crust to fit the bottom of a 9” pie plate

This crust recipe comes together really fast as I use the Thermomix, however the procedure on how to make it without the Thermomix follows.

Ingredients for 2 crusts:

11 oz all purpose flour

5 oz cold butter, cut into pieces

1 teaspoon salt

4 oz ice cold water

Procedure:

Place all ingredients into the Thermomix bowl and mix 20 seconds, speed 4.

*To make the crust without the Thermomix: Place flour, butter, and salt in a bowl and pinch together with your fingers until the mixture looks like sand. Add cold water and stir with a wooden spoon until dough comes together.*

Remove dough from the bowl, divide into 2 (one slightly larger than the other) and press gently into 2 disks.

Roll the bigger disk to fit the bottom of a pie plate. Press crust onto the pie plate, allowing a little bit to hang over the edges. Prick a few times with a fork. Cover with plastic wrap.

Roll the smaller one to a 10 inch round and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate both while we prepare the filling.

Peach Pie filling

Now we’ll make the filling.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 6- 6 1/2 cups sliced peeled peaches
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice or nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1- 2 tablespoons butter
  • In a bowl, combine sugars; add peaches and toss gently. Cover and let stand for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight in the refrigerator. Drain peaches, reserving juice. 
  • In a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch, allspice or nutmeg, cinnamon and salt; stir in reserved juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir constantly for a couple of minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice and butter. Gently stir in peaches.
  • Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust. Carefully place the smaller half of the crust on top. Trim, seal and flute edges. Prick a few times with a fork. (Or you can make cutouts with small cookie cutters, make a lattice top, anything you like! Get fancy!
  • Bake at 400° for 50-60 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.
  • Cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!!
  • Just baked!
    Can’t wait for it to cool. Yummy!

    The filling sets nicely once chilled.

    To check out the Thermomix, click on this link: https://shop.thermomix.com

    Naan Bread

    Perfect as a side for any Indian inspired meal, used as a sandwich wrap, or even eaten plain, these naan breads are a breeze to make!

    I had purchased my first naan bread frozen from Trader Joe’s. It was smeared in garlic butter and only required heating it up or toasting it before serving. It was so good!

    I had read somewhere that they sometimes stuff these with Laughing Cow cheeses so since I had it in the refrigerator, I ate some with cheese and some plain. Both were so good I couldn’t stop eating it!

    I love making breads and baking in general so I thought it was time I make my own naan. I found several recipes and tried a couple of it.

    Here is a recipe that uses the Thermomix to make the naan with hardly any effort on your part. Don’t worry, there is instruction on how to make it without the Thermomix right below!

    Hope you’ll enjoy it!

    Look at the heart shaped char on the bread!

    Ingredients:

    • 450 grams unbleached all purpose flour 
    • 2 1/4 teaspoons dried yeast 
    • 1 teaspoon salt 
    • 1 tablespoons sugar 
    • 30 grams Olive oil or Canola oil
    • 190 grams warm water 
    • 90 grams Greek yogurt
    • Ghee or garlic butter to brush on bread
    • Cheese, optional

    Procedure:

    1. Place all ingredients except ghee, (or garlic butter) and cheese into Thermomix bowl and mix for 6 seconds on speed 5.

    2. Set to Knead for 2 1/2 minutes.

    3. Leave dough in the bowl, with the measuring cup in place, at room temperature for at least 1 hour. 

    4. Roll dough into sausage shape and divide into 6 even portions.  Roll each portion into oval shape.

    5. Place dough onto a hot, ungreased grill or fry pan. Cook for about 1-2 minutes per side then flip to cook the other side.

    6. Brush with ghee or garlic flavored butter. Serve plain or stuff with cheese.

    * To make without the Thermomix:

    Place all ingredients (except ghee, or garlic butter, and cheese) in a mixing bowl and mix until it comes together. Turn dough onto a floured board and knead 5-10 minutes until smooth. Return to the mixing bowl. Cover with plastic warp and let rest at least an hour. Continue with procedure #4 to #6.

    To check out the Thermomix, click on this link: https://shop.thermomix.com

    Chocolate Bread

    Chocolate bread with chocolate chunks in it? Count me in! The chocolate lover in me just couldn’t resist and every bite was instant happiness!

    This bread needs to be started the day before so that it can rest and develop it’s flavor overnight. Makes it perfect for breakfast!

    You will need the following:Enjoy!!!

    2 1/4 cups water

    2 1/4 teaspoons rapid rise dry yeast

    5 1/4 cups bread flour

    1/2 cup dutch process cocoa powder

    2 tablespoons sugar

    2 teaspoons salt

    6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips

    Place water, yeast, flour, cocoa powder, sugar and salt in the Thermomix bowl. Set to dough/knead function for 2 minutes. Add chocolate chips and knead for 1 minute, reverse blade function.

    Let rise, covered, for about an hour until double in size.

    Tip the bowl over and remove the dough to a floured surface. Pull the edge and fold the dough over itself several times. Shape into a ball, place into a greased bowl then turn the dough over and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

    Shaped and ready for proofing.

    Remove from the refrigerator after the overnight rest. Leave to warm to room temperature for about an hour.

    Divide dough into 3-4 pieces and shape each into an oval and place onto a baking sheet, leaving a few inches between the loaves. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for about another hour, until doubled in size.

    Proved and ready for scoring.

    Preheat oven to 450F.

    Spray loaves with a fine mist of water and slash the tops at an angle 2-3 times. Bake for about 35 to 45 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through baking.

    Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Hardest part is waiting until it is cool enough to EAT!

    Enjoy!

    Sourdough English Muffins

    Fresh English muffins

    Sourdough English Muffin

    06.05.2019

    Taking a mini vacation after our vacation…and i want to eat fresh bread. However it is the day after 4th of July and it’s just a bit too hot to turn on the oven.

    English muffins made in the Thermomix to the rescue! These little rounds of bread smell and taste the same as a loaf baked in the oven but it cooks on the stovetop griddle. And since its going to be made in the Thermomix, it’s going to come together pretty fast and easy.

    Since my sourdough starter has been neglected for a couple of weeks and was fed when we got back, it’s the perfect timing to make some sourdough english muffins. 

    Start this recipe the night before as it needs to rest overnight to develop really nice flavors and let sourdough do it’s magic. 

    Makes 20 english muffins

    Place the following in the Thermomix bowl:

    1 cup sourdough starter

    2 cups milk 

    2 – 3 tablespoons sugar or honey

    4 cups of flour 

    Cover with lid and set to Knead for 3 minutes. Leave covered and allow to rest overnight (at least 8 hours).

    The next day, stir down the dough and add the following to the bowl:

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    2 teaspoons salt

    1 1/2 cups flour (plus more as needed)

    Cover with lid and knead for 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and check if it needs more flour. Add more if needed (up to 1/2 cup) until you have a manageable dough. It should be soft but not too sticky. Cover and knead for 1 minute more if necessary.

    Tip bowl over to a floured surface and rest for a few minutes. 

    Roll dough out to 1/2 inch thickness and cut using a 3 inch round cutter.  Place in baking sheets dusted with cornmeal or semolina flour, leaving enough space so that they won’t touch as they rise. When done, sprinkle tops with cornmeal, or semolina flour, too. 

    Cover with a damp towel and rise for about an hour, until doubled.

    Preheat a griddle or fry pan on medium low. Lightly grease with butter and carefully transfer the dough to the griddle. I used a dough scraper to make transferring it easier. I was able to fit 5 rounds in my 12 inch pan.

    Let cook for about 5 minutes, turn over and cover for another 5 minutes.

    Transfer to a cooling rack to cool slightly before eating. Enjoy with butter and jam, or eggs, bacon, cheese, ham, etc. 

    To check out the Thermomix, click on this link: https://shop.thermomix.com

    Ramakrishna Monastery

    Walkway to the Buddha
    Buddha and koi pond

    04.28.2019

    After leaving the Trabuco General Store, we went back past Oneill park, driving towards Ramakrishna Monastery.

    My mission: get some locally produced honey as I read that it helps with allergies. Cannot get any more local than this place!

    Driving away from Oneill, the monastery is going to be on your left. The little bridge upon entering the gate gives way to a narrow winding (with a couple of blind spot area) road, where there were signs to honk as you won’t see oncoming vehicles. You’ll catch a glimpse of the bee hives before entering another gate. At the end of the road lies the parking area. Then the exploration begins!!

    The monastery sits atop 40 acres of largely undeveloped rolling hills. The grounds of the monastery include a shrine, a shrine trail honoring the world’s major religions, and a bookstore.

    We walked the trail a little, however some parts were closed due to the recent rains. The views all around were just so beautiful! I could just sit here and let the day go by. 

    We checked out the bookstore before leaving and I got a couple of jars of the honey and a jar of bee pollen. The cashier was very nice, explaining that bee pollen can be bad for those with flower allergy so he wanted to make sure I was aware of that, as I mentioned I got the honey hoping it will help with allergies.

    Gorgeous views all over!
    So peaceful!

    Pay them a visit to see how serene and beautiful this place is!

    Address: 19961 Live Oak Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679

    Phone: (949) 858-0342

    Downtown Trabuco, California

    Trabuco General Store
    Old time feels…antique barber chairs.

    Downtown Trabuco,  California 

    04.28.2019

    Today, our son Enzo was invited to a friend’s birthday party at O’neill Regional Park campground. We usually go through the entance at Via Con Dios, which is close to our home, however the campgrounds are closer to the main entance at Trabuco Canyon Road.

    Because it was a drop off and pick up kind of party, we decided to see the immediate area, hoping we could go around and pick him up after, then head home together. 

    After dropping him off at the campground (TIP: We found out that O’Neill Park allows a 15 minute drop off with out having to pay the entrance fee), we went to the Trabuco General Store. I read about this place while researching the Holy Jim Trail. I didn’t realize we passed it on the way to the park’s entrance. If you’re are heading down from Rancho Santa Margarita towards the canyon, it is tucked at the corner on your right after you pass the narrow bridge, with Trabuco Elementary school on your left.

    I looked inside the store and even though it’s a small store, I’m sure you can find what you need in case you forgot something for when you are camping. I purchased a couple of bottles of Trabuco Salsa and a bottle of Trabuco Queso Blanco after looking at the merchandise offered.

    We asked the cashier what else is there to see in downtown Trabuco as we saw a water tank with a “Downtown Trabuco” sign by the parking lot. She said that there’s this grocery store, and Trabuco Oaks steak house (that will open later in the day) and that’s it! 😊 So much for trying to kill time!

    Downtown Trabuco

    Come visit this little place and make it a day trip by spending the rest of the day at the neighboring O’neill Regional Park! http://www.ocparks.com/parks/oneill/

    Trabuco Oaks Steak House

    https://trabucooakssteakhouse.com

    Trabuco General Store Address: 31021 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
    Hours:
    Tuesday 8AM–7:30PM
    Wednesday 8AM–7:30PM
    Thursday 8AM–7:30PM
    Friday 8AM–9PM
    Saturday 7:30AM–8PM
    Sunday 8AM–8PM
    Monday 8AM–7:30PM
    Phone: (949) 709-5960