Edited from original publication July 2016.
Us four ladies were sooooooooo excited to be going to the International Food Blogger Conference last year. We all live in South Orange County, so a trip up to Sacramento is easy. Originally we thought about driving, I had all these big ideas about driving through the Central Valley and stopping at fruit stands and wineries.
California is, by far, the largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the U.S. Did you know that 620,000 TONS of peaches are grown in California each year? The next largest peach producing state is…no, not Georgia…South Carolina with an output of almost 66,000 tons. And the statistics are similar for many other vegetables and fruits.
So the thought of a leisurely drive north, stopping at produce stands and enjoying snacking on freshly picked fruits warmed by the sun was enticing. But then reality set in, it would take at least one extra day, both ways; it’s the middle of summer and the temperatures can be brutal (well into the 100s);…and we found reasonable flights! So the Fab 4 road trip will have to wait for another day!
Regardless of flying or driving, we ALWAYS have Gr8 Fun on our field trips. So stay tuned, there will be some Gr8 posts ahead sharing our experiences at IFBC.
In the meantime, all that talk about fresh summer fruits had my mouth watering and I had some peaches in my fridge that were on their way, “round the bend,” as my sweet grandma used to say. A fruit dessert is the perfect solution to this situation.
Since I am on a summer kick to use up things in my pantry I decided to make a cookie crust with amaretti cookies (that weren’t yet past their “use by” date). The almond flavor with the sweet peaches is perfection!
Be sure your peaches are ripe and tender for this pie, because the fruit is not cooked. Use your most ripe (softest) fruits to crush for the glaze.
And guess what? This pie is gluten-free! Not by design…but it is! (Most amaretti cookies don’t have gluten, just double check that the cookies you use are gluten-free if that is a concern.)
If your amaretti cookies are gluten free (they should be) then this is a beautiful, delicious gluten free dessert!
Peel the 5 peaches and set aside. Here is a Gr8 video from King Arthur Flour showing how to easily peel your peaches, without a knife!
How about serving this pie with some homemade Vanilla Ice Cream?
Fresh ripe peaches, juicy and oozing with flavor;
Looking like a sunset and tasting like a summer day.
I received a discount on the registration fee for the conference in exchange for a few posts. No other compensation has been received.