Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sweet Melissa Sunday plus Peaches and Cream Parfait

Sweet Melissa Sunday's choice for the week: Caramelized Onions, Sage, and Cheddar Muffins by Hanaa of Hanaa's Kitchen. Such a great savory muffin to go with Fall food such as soups, stews, chili. . .come to think of it, just about any type of dinner.
The recipe required little advanced preparation and the result was 20 perfectly domed and flavorful muffins.
Caramelizing the onions first allowed the flavor to mellow and blend the chopped onions with the cheddar and sage without any one ingredient standing out. If a cook puts in the right onion, wow, the flavor will be onion and then whatever is accompanying the powerful flavor.
The recipe is a great addition to my personal cookbook for fast, easy, and flavorful accompaniments. Thank you Hanaa for a great choice this week. To see how everyone in the SMS group enjoyed making the savory muffins, please click on the link here. To get the recipe now, click on Hanaa's blog: Hanaa's Kitchen, or buy the Sweet Melissa Cookbook.
Easy and showy desserts are sought after by so many of us. We work, we take care of families, we have last minute dinner parties and all of the above mentioned events mean limited time or last minute preparation for a nice dinner and dessert. Peaches and Cream Parfaits are just that dessert! Start marinating the peaches in brown sugar and flavoring of choice before starting dinner. Also, whip together heavy cream with honey and left sit in refrigerator while dinner is moving along. Dessert will be putting everything together in a pretty parfait or champagne glass for a grand finale.
Peaches and Cream Parfait:
1 recipe Honey Whipped Cream (below)
1 almond biscotti or 2 amaretti cookies, crushed by hand
1 recipe marinated peaches...(below)
Layer starting with the Honey Whipped Cream, sprinkle Biscotti or Amaretti cookie, then the Marinated Peaches and continue to the top of the parfait glass. Finish top with a dollop of the Whipped Cream and the remaining crumbs. Pretty and delicious!
Marinated Peaches
4 large peaches
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1 T. Amaretto (OR use Peach Schnapps, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or a dessert wine, Muscat Canelli, or Sauternes into the brown-sugar syrup)
Make a simple syrup with the brown sugar and 1/4 cup water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and let cool. After cool, add the flavoring of choice.
For peaches, you can use canned peaches. Fresh peaches will require bring a pot of water to boil and having a bowl of ice water next to the boiling water. Dip peaches in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds. Then remove and put into ice water. Peel skins off peaches and slice into 1/2-inch thick slices.
Mix the sugar syrup with the peaches in a bowl, cover with Syran Wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or until ready to use.
Honey Whipped Cream
1 1/2 cup cold heavy cream
5 T. honey
Whip cold heavy cream in a chilled bowl using a wire whisk attachment at medium-high speed until cream starts to thicken.
Turn off mixer and add honey. Scrape down sides of bowl as necessary. Whip the cream on medium-high speed until it holds soft peaks. Use right away or refrigerate for about 1 hour.


Nina said...

wow your muffins turned out beautiful and the parfait is such a good idea. =]

Flourchild said...

Your muffins look a lot like mine! I love them. I thought this was a great muffin too. I just had one with left over potato soup.

The Peach Parfaits look good too. Yum!

Lauren said...

glad you liked the muffins! your parfait looks yummy!!!

Katiecakes said...

Delish! That parfait looks fab!

Katie xox

Tracey said...

Your muffins came out perfect! Glad you enjoyed them so much. I froze most of mine and I'm going to take them out when I get around to making soup this fall/winter :)

Susan said...

Your muffins look terrific, but the parfait looks even better! :D

Sonia said...

They are look just yummy..

Sarah said...

I loved these muffins, too. I'll definitely be pulling this recipe out again during soup season.

Hanaâ said...

Your muffins turned out great. I'm glad you liked these. I agree, these muffins are a perfect accompaniment for any type of dinner. So easy to make, and no mixer needed.
Your parfait looks delicious! A perfect way to end a meal.

Thank you for baking with me this week!

Jessica said...

The muffins look fantastic! I agree, these are so nice because they don't require a ton of advance preparation.
The peach parfaits sound wonderful. What an elegant dessert.

Melissa said...

Your muffins look great and so do the parfaits!

Basically, Baby Boots said...

OMG! Your muffins look really light & fluffy, and that Peaches and Cream Parfait...Genius! Thanks for the recipe. Summer is not over, so I will be enjoying this parfait with fresh peaches, before it's too late.


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