8/21/13

white peach crumb tart

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I hope you've taken advantage of the wonderful bounty of white peaches this summer.
If you haven't they are so good.  To me, a white peach is far more "peachier" than a regular
orange/yellow peach.
They are so fragrant; a true smell of summer.
I love their smell so much that when I get a fresh batch of them, I place a few in a bowl, right next to my night stand so I can smell them while I sleep at night.
Try it, it's wonderful, the peach smell mixing with the summer winds blowing in through the window?
A summer memory you will never forget.
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If you want a really flaky crust, work that dough as little as possible, just mix the dry ingredients
with the butter until just combined, wrap up in plastic wrap and let it rest at least five hours or
better yet overnight.
I like to roll it out while it's still in the plastic wrap until I have to unwrap it and finish up the edges.
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Those edges are just like a crispy croissant.  Heavenly!
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If you don't have a 8 or 9 inch tart pan, I'm fairly certain this would make a perfect galette.
Just make sure your edges are nice and sealed, and you bake it on parchment paper on a
cookie sheet/pan.

white peach crumb tart
base recipe from pastry studio
(please see my notes in the recipe in parenthesis)

pastry dough
1 cup flour
1 TB sugar
1/8 ts salt
6 TB very cold butter
1/4 cup very cold water

crumb topping
¾  cup flour                        
2 TB dark brown sugar                     
pinch salt                
6 TB butter, melted                        

2 large white peaches (or 3 small ones or 3 small regular peaches)
juice of one lemon
about 1 TB cornstarch (didn’t measure, just lightly dusted the peaches)

cook notes:
This base recipe is from pastry studio. 
I’ve left her instructions for you to use or you can use my instructions which are in parenthesis.
To prepare the pastry dough, place the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor and process to combine. 
(I used my hands and a fork)
Cut the cold butter into 1/2” pieces, add to the flour mixture and process for 5 seconds.  Add the water and pulse about 15 times.
(I just mixed with the fork until just combined).
The dough will not look like a smooth dough but should look lumpy like cottage cheese.  Gather the dough and place on a piece of plastic wrap. 
While the dough is wrapped, form it into a large square if you can or whatever size tart pan you are using.
Chill the dough at least 30 minutes or overnight.
(I swear by chilling my dough for at least 5 hours or overnight).
Lastly, as soon as you get dough ready in pan, place in fridge again--always keep this dough cold!

For the crumb topping, combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. 
Add in the melted butter and stir till combined and you are able to form large clumps.  Set aside.
Slice the peaches in long thin strips.  
Place the slices in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice. 
(I then dusted them with cornstarch, I did not use any extra sugar as the white peaches are really sweet when ripe).
Combine the sugar and cornstarch and toss with the fruit to distribute evenly.
(Definitely toss, don’t use a spatula or spoon as you don’t want the fruit to bruise).

When you’re ready to roll out the dough, remove from the refrigerator and rest on a lightly floured piece of parchment paper or work surface for a few minutes so it can soften just a bit to prevent cracking. 
(I didn’t roll it out on flour, I just used my hands and a floured rolling pin to further shape it into a square for my tart pan).
Roll the dough out to about a 12" square and 1/8" thickness, gently lifting and moving the dough after each roll and keeping it lightly floured as needed. 
(I just placed rolled dough into non-stick sprayed 8 or 9 inch tart pan, then using my fingers pushed the dough into the edges—very carefully!
Then I placed it back in fridge).
When you have the desired size, brush off any excess flour. 
Fold it in half and then again in half. 
Center the folded corner of the dough in a 9" square tart pan. 
Unfold it and work it into the corners, leaving an overhang on all four sides. 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
When the oven is ready, fill the tart shell with the fruit. 
Sprinkle with the crumb topping. 
Fold the sides over to form a border. 
(I didn’t have any extra dough with which to create a border).
Brush the border of the dough with melted butter and dust with a light sprinkle of sugar. 
(I placed my tart on a parchment lined baking sheet in case there was leakage.

Bake until the dough and topping are browned and the fruit is bubbling, about 40 – 50 minutes. 
(My tart was done at the 35-40 minute mark).

Place on a wire rack to cool.

17 comments:

  1. I love this! Simple & tasty. Perfect.

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    1. thought of a pun I should add... this dessert is anything but crumby :)

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  2. This looks so yummy, flaky and delicious! Thaks for sharing!

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  3. sounds delicious! i love white peaches. :)

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  4. We're in the same page today! The white peaches look so beautiful, I love the creamy white just tinged with pale pink.

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  5. the pastry dough, the crumble topping, the visible butter chunks, the crumbly bits, the WHITE peaches. Love. love love.

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  6. Yes, visible chunks of butter are always good. Always.
    This tart is beautiful! I adore white peaches too.

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  7. White peaches and nectarines taste almost like lavender to me! I've been eating them nonstop...think it's about time I get baking with them. GORGEOUS tart.

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  8. I want to crown you the queen of dessert :). This looks buttery and fruity and just darn delicious. Peaches are amazing. I wish the summer produce would never end

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  9. Peach perfection right here!

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  10. oh heavens. i was just eating a white peach that i picked monday :) so delicious! i'm totally on board with this tart... now to get more peaches!

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  11. Wait. I have to wait at least 5 hours to eat this?
    OMG, isn't there a way to move that clock along?!!!

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  12. White peaches should be illegal. They are too good. And this tart should be, too! It looks totally delightful!

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  13. This looks great! I want some for breakfast! Love the smell of peaches and nectarines too but I'm having a lot of trouble finding white peaches.

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  14. What a beautiful tart! I'd like some right now. And yes indeed white peaches are truly extraordinary. Thanks to modern farming the season is now longer than ever. I've got to try this recipe. Thanks!

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  15. peach cobbler seems to be everyone's go-to peach dish, but i greatly prefer something like this. looks great!

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  16. That looks so good! I am really liking that it has both the butter pastry and the crumble topping! Double the goodness! :)

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