Something Peachy by Margo Elfstrom

The key word of the day is flexibility!  I had plans to make one dessert but wound up making another.  This week I made peach ice cream for another dessert and apparently the recipe was for a commercial kitchen ice cream maker, not my cute, little, red Cuisinart.  The ice cream will keep but the fresh, ripe, juicy peaches that I so carefully picked out, won’t.  A friend of mine brought a fruit tart to a Fourth of July party and I remember thinking that the fruit would have been amazing grilled.  An idea was born.  These cute, sweet little tartlets turned out full of flavor and pretty to boot.  I do have to give credit to Fiona and Neil at Romantic Food Ideas because the grilled fruit recipe they posted was fabulous, leave it to me to throw a tart underneath and make it fattening.

Here’s my next concession to flexibility.  Here in Colorado, we’ve been praying for rain and apparently we prayed too hard.  It’s coming down in sheets and I have no where to set up my grill (for our regular readers, yes, an angel fixed my grill and now I can happily set things aflame). I’ve done it before, and I’ll probably do it again…I used the grate from my grill on top of my gas range to create yummy, grilled peaches.  I know, unconventional, but convention is not really something I enjoy adhering to.

Speaking of convention, I’ve decided to take each of  Tanya Steele’s:  Top 10 Most Difficult Recipes to Make? and do one per week.  I love a challenge but have to admit that some of these recipes do intimidate me just a little. I need some company!  Anyone who wants to join is welcome and here are the guidelines:  1)Choose a recipe off of Tanya’s list and make it, add your own twist or find a recipe you like.  2)Post your results on your blog on Sunday and email me so that I can include your information and link to your post.  3)Link back to us so that we can revel in your victory!  In order to prepare, I’ve decided to go zip lining next weekend, just to get my blood flowing but will be posting my first recipe right after (gulp) July 15th.  Here is my promise, no one has to go zip lining in order to participate (except me, I’ve already committed).

For now, I’m going to be flexible regarding dinner.  There’s a container of tangy, creamy, sinful peach ice cream calling my name.  I did grill some extra peaches to go along with it, so by my calculations I’m getting calcium and a serving of fruit….matter of fact, I’m thinking that the peaches in the ice cream count…so two servings.  Go forth and get creative!

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Grilled Peach Tartlets
5.0 from 1 reviews
Recipe type: desert
Author: Margo-A SaucyCook
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 8-10
  • For Pastry
  • 1/4 lb of cold butter
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tbs sugar (I used coconut sugar)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • For Filling (Thanks to Paula Deen for making it easy)
  • 8 oz package of softened cream cheese (I used reduced fat)
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 3 ripe, juicy peaches sliced
For pastry dough (Thanks to Evelyn/Athens at
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Rub butter and flour together with fingertips until it takes on a cornmeal like consistency. Add sugar and egg yolks and mix together until you can form a ball. Refrigerate dough ball for 30 minutes. Roll between two sheets of wax paper until desired thickness. Form dough cups in a greased, floured muffin tin and line the inside of dough cups with tin foil. Weigh down with dried beans and bake for 20 minutes or until browned. Remove beans and foil and bake for another 5 minutes.
For Filling
  1. Blend cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract and lemon juice until creamy.
  2. Line each pastry cup with filling (not too much, it’s rich).
  3. Grill peach slices and chop into thirds. Create whatever fun peach pattern you want and serve warm.

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  1. 7-8-2012

    How delicious! Great looking grilled peaches!

    • 7-10-2012

      Thanks I’m really having fun with grilled fruit right now!

  2. 7-9-2012

    Yummy. And that was a creative way to set up a grill inside!

    • 7-10-2012

      Thanks for the lovely comment….I have to admit that I do a lot of crazy things, thank goodness that one worked!

  3. 7-10-2012

    These look so pretty! I bet they are delicious with the grilled peaches – yum!

    • 7-10-2012

      They really are delicious. Definitely worth the trouble of grilling the peaches! Thanks!

  4. 7-14-2012

    What gorgeous little desserts! Wouldn’t these be perfect for a summer dinner party? Thank you for sharing them with me.

  5. 7-14-2012

    Thanks for joining Foodie Friends Friday! Please come next week with another great recipe!

  6. 7-15-2012

    I love grilled peaches and this is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

    • 7-15-2012

      Glad to have the opportunity to share!!!!

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