Super Quick Peach Squares

super quick peach squares recipe

These squares! They might be the most delicious dessert I’ve prepared this summer, I think. In fact, I am in love with everything about them – the way how the airy and moist texture of the sponge plays with the refreshingly tart and sweet quality of the summer fruit, that way how the crunchy streusel layer on top makes you stop eating for a while just to say ‘mmm’ and I definitely love the fact that this whole dessert is absolutely easy to make.

I am sure you would love these too…

 

super quick peach squares recipe

1. To prepare your Super Quick Peach Squares, first preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).

2. To make the batter, in a bowl, whisk together the flour (2 3/4 cups + 2 tbsp – 400 grams), confectioners sugar (1 1/4 cups -150 grams) and baking powder (3 tsp).

3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, vegetable oil and milk.

4. In a few batches, pour the flour mixture into the bowl containing the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.

 
 

super quick peach squares recipe

5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper (you can first brush the pan with a bit of vegetable oil to make the paper adhere better). I used a 13x8x2-inch (11-cup) pan. I think that larger pan might work even better resulting in a little less tall squares.

6. Pour the batter in the pan and smooth out the surface.

 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

7. Stone and cut the fruit into about 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) cubes or slightly bigger. Place the fruit on top of the batter.

 
 

super quick peach squares recipe

8. Finally prepare the streusel. To do so, in a bowl combine the all-purpose flour (1/3 cup – 50 grams), butter (3 1/2 tbsp – 50 grams) and confectioners sugar (1/2 cup – 50 grams). Using your fingers or a pastry blender (cutter), create a crumbly mixture.

 
 

super quick peach squares recipe

9. Sprinkle the crumbly mixture over the fruit.

 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

10. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

Mmm, this smells just lovely!

 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

11. Cut into squares.

 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

And most importantly, enjoy!

With love,
Petra

 

Super Quick Peach Squares
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Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8 - 10
 
Ingredients
  • for batter: 2¾ cups + 2 tbsp (400 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups (150 grams) confectioners sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 7 tbsp (100 ml) vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup + 2 tbsp (200 ml) milk
  • 3 peaches, stoned and cubed
  • for streusel: ⅓ cup (50 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3½ tbsp (50 grams) butter, softened
  • ½ cup (50 grams) confectioners sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. To prepare the batter, in a bowl, whisk together the flour (2¾ cups + 2 tbsp - 400 grams), confectioners sugar (1¼ cups -150 grams) and baking powder (3 tsp).
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, vegetable oil and milk.
  4. In a few batches, pour the flour mixture into the bowl containing the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper (you can first brush the pan with a bit of vegetable oil to make the paper adhere better).
  6. Pour the batter in the pan and smooth out the surface.
  7. Stone and cut the fruit into about ½-inch (1.3 cm) cubes or slightly bigger. Place the fruit on top of the batter.
  8. Finally prepare the streusel. To do so, in a bowl combine the all-purpose flour (1/3 cup - 50 grams), butter (3½ tbsp - 50 grams) and confectioners sugar (1/2 cup - 50 grams). Using your fingers or a pastry blender (cutter), create a crumbly mixture.
  9. Sprinkle the crumbly mixture over the fruit.
  10. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  11. Cut into squares.
  12. Enjoy!

 

Big Summer Yarn Giveaway!

big summer yarn giveaway on ZoomYummy.com

I have some good news on the home front! We have finally moved. As you might have noticed, I was a bit stressed about the whole thing, but now, with each and every box, crochet hook and spatula successfully moved and unpacked, I am starting to enjoy the settling in phase. I can’t wait to start taking pictures of new recipes and some new hooky stuff to share with you. Soon!

Till then, to celebrate the big move thing and mostly, to thank you for your patient waiting for me to have time to sit down to my computer again, I am GIVING AWAY some delicious YARN today. It’s bulky, soft and very easy to work with. I actually used it to make my latest project – the Crochet Flower Rug. The package that ONE of you can receive has just enough yarn to make the above mentioned rug. Or anything else that will please you. Oh, and it comes with a crochet hook too!

So…

TO ENTER

To enter the contest, just answer this question: DO YOU HAVE ANY FUN PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE SUMMER? (Leave your answer in the Comments section of this post please.)

Extra Entries:

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. Other Social Networks (share the link to this giveaway on any other social network of your choice and leave a separate comment about it in the Comments section of this post)

… so together you have many, many, many chances to win :)

This giveaway is open till August 23, 2014 and it is open worldwide. The winner will be selected at random and will be announced and contacted shortly after.

Good luck to everyone!

Love,
Petra
 

Strawberry Mint Sorbet

strawberry mint sorbet recipe

With the summer in full swing, icy cold desserts are basically all that I can think of right now. After trying my hand at this strawberry mint sorbet the other day, I now know that it will most probably stay with us as a favorite go to treat for pretty long. It is oh so yummy! And it is is very easy to prepare too. Just have a look…

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

To make your strawberry mint sorbet you need these simple ingredients: strawberries, mint, lime or lemon and a bit of simple sugar syrup.

1. The simple sugar syrup is just a combination of sugar dissolved in water. That easy! To prepare your simple syrup for this recipe, in a small saucepan, combine 1/3 cup (80 ml) water and 1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves, then boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

2. Place the strawberries, mint, lemon/lime juice and simple syrup in a food processor. Process until the fruit is pureed.

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

3. Run the pureed mixture through a fine sieve.

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

4. Transfer the mixture to the chilled container of your ice cream machine and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once made, transfer the sorbet to a chilled container and store in the freezer.

If you don’t have the ice cream machine, that’s no problem at all… just transfer the mixture to a larger freezer-friendly container, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. When the sorbet is completely frozen (3 to 4 hours), remove from freezer and let stand at room temperature until partially thawed. Transfer the partially thawed sorbet to the food processor, and process to break up the large ice crystals that have formed on the sorbet. Place the sorbet back into the pan and refreeze for at least three hours, and up to several days.

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

Serving is easiest when your sorbet gets partially thawed.

 
 

strawberry mint sorbet recipe

Enjoy!

With love,
Petra

Strawberry Mint Sorbet
Author: 
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4 - 6
 
Ingredients
  • For Simple Syrup: ⅓ cup (80 ml) water
  • ⅓ cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar
  • For Sorbet: 2 pints (1 kg) strawberries
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (or lemon juice)
  • ¼ cup mint
Instructions
  1. To prepare the simple syrup, in a small saucepan, combine ⅓ cup (80 ml) water and ⅓ cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves, then boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  2. Place the strawberries, mint, lemon/lime juice and simple syrup in a food processor. Process until the fruit is pureed.
  3. Run the pureed mixture through a fine sieve.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the chilled container of your ice cream machine and process according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once made, transfer the sorbet to a chilled container and store in the freezer. If you don't have the ice cream machine, that's no problem at all... just transfer the mixture to a larger freezer-friendly container, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. When the sorbet is completely frozen (3 to 4 hours), remove from freezer and let stand at room temperature until partially thawed. Transfer the partially thawed sorbet to the food processor, and process to break up the large ice crystals that have formed on the sorbet. Place the sorbet back into the pan and refreeze for at least three hours, and up to several days.
  5. Serving is easiest when your sorbet gets partially thawed.

 

New Pattern – Crochet Flower Rug

crochet pattern - flower rug

Do you remember the flower madness that I showed you a couple of days ago?

That madness, it actually was my big plan to create a rug. A circular area rug with lots of flowers in it.

After a lot of crocheting, tweaking, unraveling and crocheting again, I am happy to present my newest design to you – I named it the Crochet Flower Rug!

And of course, there is a pattern. As usual, it is packed full of pictures to help you with your crafting process. This time, there’s 46 of them!

 

crochet pattern - flower rug

crochet pattern - flower rug

crochet pattern - flower rug

crochet pattern - flower rug

I hope you will find this project useful and will decorate your home or office with it. It will sure bring a bit of ‘romantic’ into your space.

Enjoy!

With love,
Petra