Peaches and Cream with Cornflake Crumbles

A Brunch, Sweet post written by on July 8, 2014

Peaches and Cream with Cornflake Crumbles

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Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
For thy sweet love remember’d such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

Sonnet 29, shakespeare

Saturn PeachesI grew up next to a hill topped with a small peach tree and an apple tree. I learned at an early age that if you stayed at the bottom of the hill, only half-eaten peaches will come rolling down. Why on earth anyone would plant fruit trees at the top of a hill instead of next to the back door was well beyond my youthful comprehension, but had they done so, they would have prevented me from experiencing the labor of leg work from climbing hills and seeking fruit.

Of course those fruit trees were not half as glorious as I’d expected. It’s not because I refused to climb hills.

For months, the peach trees would stand on top of our small hill and taunt me with their green globules until a random day of their choosing when all of their peaches would be perfect for picking – simultaneously! The birds would alert me by eating most of it, but only the good bits of each fruit facing sunwards. The bottom parts of the peaches they left perilously hanging on the tree, which would rain partially-eaten peaches onto the ground, helping the fruit roll comically downhill towards me as I trekked to our tiny orchard, aka, our giant, living birdfeeder. I ate a few out of curiosity. The other type of rain was bird droppings so I’m sure I learned all of my dodging skills while distractedly eating half eaten peaches instead of hunting for perfectly whole fruits.

Peaches and Cream with Cornflake Crumbles

Even with plenty of birds around to eat the best peaches, I could never pick the entire tree’s worth of fruit, green or otherwise. Those second rate peaches didn’t endear me to stony fruits, but my young, virginal lips still sang the chorus to peaches and cream as I danced in my bedroom, the school bathroom, and in a number of other silly places where young teen girls can find a hot minute to wiggle. That was my introduction to peaches and cream. I knew it was a reference to something sexual but I hadn’t a real clue, so I saved the peaches from the tree for cobblers. It was devoid of cream. At least I had the nerve to dance?

This year, I finally tried the classic dish of sweet peaches swimming in cold cream, and of course I am single, so no, they are not the sexy variety. This is going to make the most sexless peaches and cream story in the history of food writing. If this blog is such a thing. I sincerely I apologize for the lack of thematic reading – honestly, I think I am missing out on some real opportunities here…

At the very least, I used cornflakes and brown butter to rule out any lingering, healthy conscience. There’s much here to fatten my heart, if only calorically. Actually, it is so good, I’m only going to leave the house when I  need more peaches and cream, because let’s face it, I’m too lazy to go looking for sex and too grumpy to deal with love. Peaches and cream, a bit of dancing, and all-I-can-smoke vegetables… that’s contentment in a cup without any need for a dodgy summer.

Peaches and Cream with Cornflake Crumbles

Cornflake Crumbles with Oat Flour & Brown Butter
I saw cornflake crumbles at Craftsman and Wolves so I toyed with this recipe from Serious Eats. I like the taste of oat flours here since there are oats in the crumbles. I’ve made this using regular ap flour as well as gluten free blends. It’s pretty versatile and nearly fail-proof. Oat flour is nice bc it has plenty of protein so I’ve also used as much as 60% oat flour in my blend. 

3/4 c cornflakes, partially crushed {I like mine to have half crushed and whole flakes}
1/2 c old fashion oats
3/4 c oat flour blend {40% oat flour & 60% rice flour, tapioca flour, or potato starch}
1/3 c brown sugar
1 ts baking powder
1/8 ts salt
6 TB browned butter
1/2 ts almond extract
sliced peaches
chilled cream

+ Preheat oven to  350°F.
+ Mix all dry ingredients together in a glass baking dish. Then, carefully brown butter in a wide and shallow pan. The butter will brown very suddenly – remove from the heat when it becomes aromatic. Stir in extract and whisk to blend.
+ Pour butter over dry mix and mix to create a wet mud crumble. Flatten the mix with the back of the spatula. You don’t have to press down very hard – it will bind very easily.
+ Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden. Allow to cool completely, and serve with  cream and sliced peaches.




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20 Responses to “Peaches and Cream with Cornflake Crumbles”

  1. I love the way you styled the photos and this looks great for breakfast/dessert/lunch/ dinner as in every meal!

  2. Meghan says:

    Oh my god, hello sexless summer peaches and cream. Who needs that stuff anyway when you can take care of your emotions with browned butter and cornflake crumbles? I’m seriously swooning over here.

  3. My jaw dropped when I saw this post. Absolutely stunning, Phi!

  4. They might not be sexy, but they are so beautiful that I’d call them romantic…amazing job as always, Phi 🙂
    (Come on, do leave the house. It’s summer!)

    • phi says:

      you’re a tricky bird Valentina! summer here is foggy and chilly. i did sleep outside by the ocean this past weekend and got sunburned despite overcast fog. 🙂


  5. Your photos are stunners and I love the way you wrote about this. That scene of you at the bottom of the peach tree hill and picking the half-eaten fruit with bird droppings falling on you sounds like a scene out of a Roald Dahl book. You should definitely include that in your memoir.

  6. cynthia says:

    Gorgeous as always, Phi! Cornflake crumbles sound like the key to my heart, so if this is non-sexy peaches and cream, I’m more than okay with leaving the 112 version behind.

  7. I really don’t know what fascinates me more; your writing, your food styling & photography, or your ever so innovative recipes. Dunno, but this is yet another great piece of work. Love it, Phi!

  8. Blake Holman says:

    I know what I’ll be making for dessert tonight! Love it!

  9. Peaches are one of my favorite things about summer. This looks delicious!

  10. Alan Watts says:

    I wonder how that would taste with cheese. . . say. . . a pecorino, perhaps?

  11. these look divine and SO beautifully captured. glad i stumbled across your amazing site, i definitely will be back!

  12. Tamara says:

    Wow. Love this recipe. I love peaches and this seems like a fun and sweet way to enjoy it. Thank you for sharing!

  13. I love the vividity of simple and mostly singular flavors. A bit of warm brown butter on fresh sliced peaches, chevre atop with a dollop of black raspberry jam. Really enjoy the narrative and the photography.

  14. Greg says:

    Absolutely stunning images and beautifully put together. I really appreciate the simplicity of this dish as well. And you are correct, peach trees often surprise up as you said and ripen all the peaches in an instant, not giving up much time to appreciate the delicious fruit as much as we would like. Beautiful presentation. Thank You.

  15. Natasa_top says:

    I can’t stop looking at these beautiful pictures. If this isn’t art, then I don’t know what is 🙂

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