Sunday, July 28, 2013

Peach, Basil, Ginger, and Brie Puffs

I'm not really sure how it started. I didn't grow up saying this word.  I used words like fruits and vegetables, or more specific words like "apple" or "strawberry."  Or place-centric references like "I'm going to the store" or "I'm going to the farmer's market."

 But I hadn't used the word "produce."  Until now.  

And somewhere along the way, I taught Max to say this.  And now we (and by we, I mean he) loves to say this word.  Not just say it.  But live it. Dance to it.  Replace all the words of Hey Jude to simply "produce." Games of identifying whether or not the object in front of us is produce or not.

Instead of saying "we are going to the farmer's market," we say "we are getting produce today!"

Seth recently asked me why Max is so excited about going to the farmer's market, why he is so excited about produce?

I just laughed.

Who wouldn't love produce?!?  I'm kidding, this is not one of those posts espousing the beauty and deliciousness of produce from farmer's markets...

I laughed because Max doesn't actually like being at the farmer's market (unless he is chowing down on a juicy peach or tossing back berries by the handful).  He just likes saying the word.  Once we are actually out shopping, shoes will be definitely, defiantly kicked off and "bye bye produce" will be shouted pleadingly.

And while he has an appreciation for the actual word, it most definitely does not mean he loves all produce.  We are not one of those impossibly charming families where kids skip around swinging baskets of hand-picked fruits and veggies and turn their heads in disgust at the sight of a processed food item.

This time, Max was super excited to eat his produce in peach form.  He did not however enjoy the peaches turned into puffs.  Puffs filled with lime-scented peaches, ginger, basil, and brie.  They tasted pretty awesome to me though...  To make up for his lack of enthusiasm, he did perform a produce dance.  So that helped.

Love this video from Cooking Light about buying and storing fresh peaches! So informative!

1 1/2 cups chopped peeled peaches
2 tablespoons chopped basil
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 ounces brie
1 sheet puff pastry dough, thawed
1 tablespoon half and half
turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Heat oven to 400 (or whatever temperature is recommended on your puff pastry dough). Cut the puff pastry into four triangles. In a bowl, toss together the peaches, basil, lime juice, lime zest, honey, ginger, and cornstarch.  Place about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the peach mixture as well as a slice of brie on each triangle, bring the opposing edges over and seal the puff into a triangle shape. You may want to use just a bit of water to help seal. Whisk the egg and milk and brush the half and half on each triangle and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown and puffy.


  1. A produce dance! Love it. I think I would like these puffs very much. What a great mix of flavors.

  2. Well I suppose being excited by the word is better than hating it all together? He sounds adorable.

    I am a HUGE peach lover. Add brie into the mix and i'm pretty much in heaven.

  3. I want to see this 'produce' dance! You're raising quite the little foodie. :D
    These puffs look delish!! Love peach-ginger combo!

  4. Everyone love to eat his own made dishes. I am also cant wait longer to eat my produce. It was naturally Max was super excited to eat his produce in peach form.

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  5. The puffs looks wonderful! Wish we could get fresh peaches easily! Envious!

  6. These puff sound good to me. I'll eat one AND do a little dance. :D

  7. I love peaches and so does my husband. This looks so good to me!

  8. I love the combination of fruit and cheese in these, great idea.

  9. peach,brie and basil with a hint of warmth from ginger.....scrumptious to the core :-)

  10. What a great way to use fresh peaches! Love this combination of flavors!

  11. I am definitely doing this...just love it...

  12. Recipe made with fresh produce...and that too, peaches, can never go wrong! I make my version in a slightly different way, but I think, I am going to switch over to your recipe from now on. Great post!

  13. These sounds really delicious! I love the flavor and texture combination you've put together here.

  14. These puffs look absolutely lovely! And your combinations of flavors are always spectacular. Delicious :)

  15. Well, I'm sorry these didn't appeal to Max but they sure look good to me. Basil, brie, peach...what a wonderful sounding combo!


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