I should have titled this post “The time I paid $22 for peaches”. Seriously, $22, but I’ll tell you it was worth every penny to see how excited Layla was to pick them herself.
We have a fantastic orchard local to us that allows you to pick your own seasonal items. I told Layla about three days prior to our trip that we were going peach picking, and its all she could talk about. When we arrived with our friends at the orchard, we were directed to a hay ride style truck that would take us out to the peach picking area.
The kids got to ride through the farm, seeing all of the various fruits, vegetables, and flowers that were grown there. We finally arrived at the peach picking area, and spent the morning wandering through the trees, looking for deliciously ripe peaches to take home with us (and what I really mean is frantically running around, convincing the kids to not eat peaches off the ground). They loved it, and were so proud of the peaches that they picked themselves.
We got home with about 15 peaches. I had no idea what we were going to do with these- we could probably eat a handful before the went bad- but a dozen peaches definitely wasn’t happening. I saw tons of delicious looking peach cobblers and pie recipes, but I have celiacs disease (womp womp) so I eat gluten free, and I won’t lie and say gluten free pastries are good….because they’re not.
Since it was a hot steamy week, I settled on peach sorbet, and boy am I glad I did because it was DELICIOUS!
I love getting kids involved in cooking when possible. There is so much to be learned, and they are always excited to help- especially when they get to make a mess. The peach sorbet was a fairly easy recipe, but I was able to let Layla help me with the measuring, pouring, and use of the ice cream maker. Give this recipe a try with your kids for a (slightly) healthier frozen treat than ice cream. Bon appetite!
- 2 lbs of fresh peaches (this is about 6 peaches or 4 cups of sliced peaches)
- 1 1/2 cups Simple Syrup (store bought or make your own)
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- Ice cream maker- Don’t have one? See below, we have a solution for that.
- Number identification (counting cups, identifying numbers on measuring cups etc.)
- Sensory (Engage your child- have them tell you what they see, smell, hear, taste, and feel, as they are making this desert)
- Peel your peaches, and cut them into slices.
- Place peach slices in the blend or food processor and puree to your desired texture (I left ours slightly chunky so that there were pieces of peach in the sorbet).
- After pureed, mix in simple syrup and lemon juice. If you made your own simple syrup be sure that it is cooled before pouring it in.
- Taste your puree, and adjust to taste.
- Freeze in your ice cream maker using manufacturers instructions.
*Don’t have an ice cream maker? Slice your peaches and freeze them a day in advance. Follow the directions the same way using the frozen peaches. This should give you a creamy sorbet which can be frozen in a loaf pan.