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Summer Fruit: What's in Season and How to Choose it.

Have you noticed that every time you go to the store a new assortment of summer fruit has been rolled out?  One of the greatest delights during summer months is the vast array of fruit.  There are so many types to choose from that sometimes it can be hard to pick which fruit to put in your grocery cart.

Here today and gone tomorrow.  Some summer fruits are only available for a short period to time.  So be sure to gobble up the rare ones while you can.  Here's a quick list of some fruits that are available from June - August.

  • Peaches
  • Apricots 
  • Nectarines 
  • Plums

When picking any of these fruits, make sure each has good all around color - no bruises or brown spots.  Also, check the firmness.  The fruit shouldn't be too hard or too soft.  Plus,the better it smells, the better it tastes.

  • Melons

The best way to find out if a melon is ripe is to knock on it.  The melon should have a hollow sound.

Also available and delicious during summer months:

  • Strawberries
  • Cherries 
  • Blackberries 
  • Raspberries 
  • Currents

Summer is the perfect time to make upside down fruit cakes, fruit salads,  tarts, ice cream, sorbet, and so much more.


Happy Cooking!

 

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The Dish On...Fruit Cobbler

Makes 8 servings
Active Prep Time: 30 minutes  Bake Time: 45 minutes
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour                                    
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder                                       
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt                                               
  • 1 stick cold, hard butter                                       
  • 3/4 cup milk                                                    
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon                                           
  • 1/2 cup sugar                                                   
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch                                        
  • 6 cups fruits
Vanilla ice cream - optional for serving                        

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add butter, and cut into pea size pieces.  I recommend a pastry cutter or food processor if possible.  Otherwise, use 2 butter knives to cut the butter.
  3. Slowly add milk, stirring constantly until dough comes together.
  4. Whisk together cinnamon, sugar, and cornstarch.  Add fruit; toss gently to coat.  Transfer fruit to an 8 x 8 inch baking dish.  Top with large spoonfuls on dough.  Sprinkle lightly with more sugar.
  5. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes until fruit are bubbly and crust in golden brown.

 

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