Caregiver Recipes: Scalloped Peaches

Homecare in Pittsford, NY

Homecare in Pittsford, NYBeing a family caregiver for your elderly parents means you have many responsibilities from day to day. One of these responsibilities, though you may forget about it occasionally, is taking care of yourself. Maintaining your own mental, emotional, and physical health is critical to being the best quality caregiver you can possibly be and getting out on the other end of your care journey as a whole, healthy person.

One fantastic way to support your health is to enjoy a special treat every now and then. Not only does eating something delicious make you feel comforted and relaxed, preparing a treat is a great stress relief. This recipe is a fast and easy way to use up an abundant harvest of peaches and is perfect for canning to preserve those flavors all year long.
What You Will Need

  • 8 peaches
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Slow cooker
  • Sharp knife
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Serving bowl

What to Do

  • Slice the peaches using the sharp knife so that each peach yields 8 slices
  • Slice the butter in half to better fit and spread evenly
  • Add the peaches, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and butter to the bowl of a 4 quart slow cooker
  • Toss the ingredients lightly, making sure to combine them as best as possible
  • Cover and cook on low
  • Cook for 1 1/2 to 1 hours, stirring occasionally
  • Remove from slow cooker with ladle and place in a small bowl
  • Use the ice cream scoop to get two scoops of vanilla ice cream per bowl and serve while still hot

Scalloped peaches are one of those delicious and creative ways you can use up the abundance of produce that happens in the late summer and early fall, and there are many amazing ways you can indulge in the sweet, syrupy, comforting treat of these peaches. Try some of these ideas the next time you make up a batch:

• Raspberry sparkle. Add a bright pop and amazing flavor by adding raspberries to your scalloped peaches. You can add them into the recipe along with the peaches themselves, or you can create a raspberry sauce to drizzle over the finished peaches. Cook down a pint of raspberries with 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of sugar, the juice of half a lemon, and a sprinkle of salt. Stir everything together, bring to a boil, and then simmer until the raspberries release their juice. Crush everything with the back of a spoon and run it through a strainer for a smooth juice or keep chunky for more texture.

• Free-form pies. Make a batch of your favorite pie dough recipe or purchase pie dough at the store and cut it into smaller circles using a large glass or biscuit cutter. Drape each of these over a greased cupcake pan well and press it in to form a dough cup. Bake as usual and then fill with your scalloped peaches.

• Peach milkshake. Create a treat that will have you thinking of summer no matter what time of the year you make it by putting your scalloped peaches, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a splash of milk in the blender and blending it up. Add in some chunks of baked pie dough for a peach pie milkshake.

If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of homecare in Pittsford, NY contact the caregivers at Caring Hearts of Rochester, LLC. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (585) 245-0134 for more information.