Nothing says summer more than fresh strawberries and peaches. The farmers’ markets in Tulsa are selling both fruits, so go early. Naturally with Tulsa being close to Stilwell, Oklahoma, famous for their strawberries and the Stilwell Strawberry Festival and Porter, Oklahoma, famous for their peaches and the Porter Peach Festival, Tulsans get to enjoy these high quality fruits.
These two fruits are very versatile and can be prepared as desserts, served with meats and poultry or just eaten as is.
Pick strawberries that are red and firm, avoid any with bruises or strawberries that are shriveled. Store strawberries in the refrigerator until ready to prepare.
Peaches should be given the smell test, if you can’t smell the peaches, they are not ripe. They should be free of bruises and somewhat soft when lightly squeezed. If they are not as ripe as you like, place the peaches in a brown paper bag, close the bag and let set in your kitchen for a day or two to ripen. Then remove from bag and store in your refrigerator until ready to use.
This strawberry-peach recipe is a great way to enjoy these fruits uncooked.
Fresh Strawberry-Peach Tart
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (thawed)
- 1 pkg. (8 oz.) low-fat cream cheese (softened)
- 1/2 powdered sugar
- 2 T. lemon juice
- 1 T. lemon peel
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract or almond extract
- 2 medium size peaches (peeled & sliced)
- 12 fresh strawberries (hull, sliced or left whole)
- Glaze: 1/2 peach or apricot preserves, 2 T. water
Place puff pastry on floured surface, roll with a floured rolling pin to a 13-inch circle. Fit pastry into a 10-inch tart pan, trimming excess pastry. Prick with fork, then cover with aluminum foil and fill with dried beans. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove beans and foil; continue baking until golden brown, about 4-5 more minutes. Cool.
In mixing bowl beat cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel and vanilla with electric mixer until smooth.
Prepare glaze, in a small pan combine preserves and water, stir over low heat until melted, cool slightly.
Spread cream cheese mixture over pastry shell. Arrange peach slices on outer edge of tart, arrange strawberries in the middle. Brush over fruit with glaze. Chill tart for about 1 hour. Serve in wedges topped with whipped topping.
Tip: An easy way to peel a peach: Using a small sharp knife, run knife around peach end to end in crease of peach. Grasp both halves of peach, gently twist and turn. Peach should come apart, remove pit. Peel peach with sharp knife or vegetable peeler. Slice into thin to medium slices.
There are many great farmers’ markets in Tulsa, check out Tulsa Farmers’ Markets list for more information.
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