Homemade peach marmelade
Dear jar of Nutella,
Please forgive me as today I’ve cheated.
Some friends are coming over to watch a movie later, and as we have picked a drama kind (I am so not a comedy girl), I think a sweet pie will balance out our sugar levels just fine.
I do have some peaches that I picked last week sitting in the fruit bowl and they are about to go bad. But the last thing I want is to throw them away. So let's get cracking and cook some marmalade. It is even simpler that you could imagine. All you need besides peaches is sugar, a couple of lemons (optionally) and a pinch of good mood ;-)
Wash the peaches and pit them. Pour as much sugar on the bottom of the pan to cover it, then place in the peaches, and sprinkle the rest of the sugar on top, squeeze over a lemon or two and let it marinade over night. Next day cook on low to medium heat until it boils. Stir constantly. Once you bring the marmalade to boil, let it sit for about 5 minutes (but rather not more then 5) and pour it into smaller glass jars while it is still hot. Leave a little space for it to breathe under the lid. Close the lids after it cools some more and it is all done. If you don't wish for a major stomach ache, wait until it cools completely.
While waiting for the marmalade to cool, prepare the pie crust dough. For a smaller pie (4-6 persons) you will need:
Sift the flour and make a smaller hole in the middle, where you then pour the sugar. Cut the butter into smaller cubes. Mix the butter in between the flour to get a crumb like texture. Sprinkle with some cold water and mix with a heated knife. Form the dough into a ball, wrap it into foil and place it into the fridge to cool.
Once cooled, take one fourth of the dough away and make smaller strings which you will later weave on top of the marmalade topping for presentation. Bake at 180° for about 45 minutes and let your kitchen fill with fruitiness.
There are many ways to complement this basic recipe, just leave your creativity to speak. You could also add almonds, if you're more of a nutty person ;-) One thing is certain, personalized labels on your marmalade jars will add some pop to your bite :-)
So dear Nutella, forgive me? ;-)