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52 Weeks of Baking: Peach Puzzle

The magazine Cook's Country recently hosted a recipe contest where their readers sent in their old-school family recipes. The winner, a crafty "Peach Puzzle" looked delicious, but didn't really catch my fancy until I read the recipe. The whole thing is prepared like an upside-down cake - with an empty ramekin placed in the middle - and when flipped over the ramekin is surprisingly full of a sweet liquid treat! It's wonderfully old-fashioned, absolutely tasty, and I actually couldn't wait to tell everyone how it was made. If you're curious yourself, then check out the recipe now,

Definitely serve this one warm. I had leftovers and brought them in to the office the next day. Since the liquid didn't travel well (it spilled all over), the peach puzzle was completely soggy - still tasty, but awful to look at - and had lost its crispy crust.

Peach Puzzle
From Lois Schlademan of Stow, Ohio via Cook's Country Magazine

Serves 7

Lois says to choose peaches that are neither very ripe nor rock-hard. They should give a little when squeezed. Also, be sure to invert the pie plate quickly to avoid losing any of the syrup.

Peaches and Syrup
7 medium peaches , peeled (see note)
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
6 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Dough
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into 1/4-inch pieces and chilled
6 tablespoons milk

For the peaches and syrup:

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Place 6-ounce custard cup or ramekin upside down in center of 9-inch pie plate and arrange peaches around ramekin.
  2. Combine brown sugar, water, butter, vanilla, and salt in medium saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and butter melts, about 5 minutes. Pour syrup over peaches.

For the dough:

  1. Pulse flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in food processor until blended.
  2. Add butter and pulse until flour mixture is pale yellow and resembles coarse cornmeal, five to six 1-second pulses.
  3. Turn mixture into medium bowl.
  4. To make dough by hand: Use large holes on box grater to grate frozen butter into bowl with flour mixture, then rub flour-coated pieces between your fingers until flour mixture turns pale yellow and coarse.

To assemble:

  1. Using rubber spatula, fold milk into flour mixture, pressing mixture against sides of bowl to form dough.
  2. Squeeze dough together and flatten into disk. On lightly floured work surface, roll dough into 9-inch circle.
  3. Lay dough directly over peaches and press dough so that it fits snuggly around peaches. The dough will stretch as you fit it around peaches, but do not attach dough to pie plate.
  4. Bake until top is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on rack for 30 minutes.

To Serve:

  1. Place large rimmed serving plate over top of pie plate and quickly invert Puzzle onto plate.
  2. Cut into wedges around each peach and serve, pouring syrup over each portion.

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Join The Conversation
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Wow! Doesn't seem to hard to make. Maybe I'll try this for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipe!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 10 years
I made this and it was an absolute hit!! We ate the whole thing in one sitting (four people) LOL!!!!! Thanks for posting!
Schaianne Schaianne 10 years
Yum!!
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
all i can say is: yummmmm
SU3 SU3 10 years
:jawdrop: Wow, it looks AWESOME! I bet it was so tasty! :DROOL: I'm definitely going to have to try that this summer! Thanks for posting! I ♥ 52 weeks of baking! :)
ley ley 10 years
*mouth watering...*
Natty Natty 10 years
that looks so good! i can't wait to make this!!!
luv2love21 luv2love21 10 years
ooo now that looks delisous *yum*
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
Mmm... looks delicious!
Food Food 10 years
the peaches are just peeled and put into the pan. Later when eating, you need to be careful of the pit, but the fruit falls right off of it. Nectarines would also probably be nice, as would a variety of other fruits. Give it a try though and let us know!
stnybaby stnybaby 10 years
I'm probably blind, but do the peaches get pitted? or just peeled? it does look simply delish though...i wonder if it would be just as good with nectarines?
orangeflower orangeflower 10 years
this look sso cool. but i'd probably make a huge mess! lol
cjgirl00 cjgirl00 10 years
MMMM I'll have to run out and get peaches now. This looks like it would be dilish with some fresh Strawberry ice cream. Yummy!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
What a neat idea!
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Yummmm!! I am adding this to my favorites!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Jen-It gets put in the oven upside down. When it comes out, you invert the baking dish and the syrup slides into the ramekin. Looking at the pics helps! :)
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 10 years
OMG! It looks so good, and not too difficult to make. I'm definitley trying this out over the weekend!
jendudley jendudley 10 years
how does all the juice end up in the ramekin?
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
The peaches look so tender and juicy.
rocknrollmaw rocknrollmaw 10 years
Wow! It looks so good! Good ol' home cookin'! I'm going to try it i'm a sucker for country faire ;)
partysugar partysugar 10 years
This was delicious, the peaches were so yummy I ate a whole one to myself.
rbex rbex 10 years
Wow that's really cool!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Thats pretty darn cool! Thanks for the recipe!
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