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Grilled Peaches & Farmers' Cheese on Sourdough Toast



grilled peach toast | hannah lundberg bay area food photographer

I love peaches. I am so enjoying all the stone fruit this season. With our big international move we skipped a Summer in Australia and I had been hanging out for some delicious stone fruit. Finally we're in the midst of the season and it is just amazing! We picked up a beautiful variety of peaches at the Campbell Farmers' Market over the weekend. I absolutely adore the farmers' markets in Summer, with their array of colours and textures and amazingness.

Afterwards, we went to a fabulous, hilarious and yet comforting Russian Deli and Cafe for matzo ball soup to soothe my husband's throat as he has a nasty flu. I will write about the deli soon (it's amazing!) but while we were there, buying all manner of food that evoked great memories for my husband of his beloved Bubba, I found farmers' cheese. This is a pretty traditional Russian food and one that I loved as a kid living in the US. When we moved back to Australia I never found any that tasted quite like the one from Schnuck's in St Louis. Well, I finally found some tucked away in the deli - I got so excited when I saw it, I can't even tell you. 

Now, it seems that the farmers' cheese I ate in St Louis was a seasonal, Pesach (Passover) item that was a blend with creamed cheese. No matter, this plain farmers' cheese is delicious and more like the creamed cottage cheese that you get easily at home in Australia but doesn't seem to exist in the US. To basically I have hit two culinary desires with one stone in finding this cheese!

I had great memories of eating is with raspberry and cherry preserves on Matzo during Pesach but I felt that for today, with its cottage cheese-y texture, it belonged on delicious sourdough from the Markets with a delicious grilled peach. Now, if you're wondering why I have a recipe for cheese and peaches on toast - be assured that marinating them in honey and white balsamic leads to deliciousness that cannot fully be articulated through words and images alone. The result was a super tasty flavour sensation that fulfilled my food nostalgia needs and kept me full from 11am to 6pm!

Grilled Peach Toast | Hannah Lundberg Bay Area Photographer

Grilled Peach Toast | Hannah Lundberg Bay Area Photographer


Grilled Peaches & Farmers' Cheese on Sourdough Toast

This recipe makes 6 slices and will serve 3-6 depending how hungry you are. It's so tasty I'd lean towards serving 3! 

Ingredients: 
  • 6 Slices Sourdough 
  • 3 Large Pieces (Ideally, these need to be only slightly soft to the touch) 
  • 2 Tablespoons Grassfed Butter, Melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Raw Honey 
  • 1 Tablespoons White Balsamic Vinegar 
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Sea Salt 
  • Farmers Cheese
Instructions:
  1. Preheat grill pan to med-high. 
  2. Whisk together 1/2 honey, 1/2 melted butter, white balsamic and sea salt. 
  3. Slice peaches into 1/4 inch thick slices. I cut the round 'ends' off and eat them or keep them aside with lemon juice on them for snacking later. 
  4. Coat the peach slices in the wet marinade and set aside. 
  5. Lightly coat each side of bread with the remaining butter. 
  6. Place bread on the grill and grill 1-2 minutes each side. Set aside.
  7. Grill peaches 3-4 minutes each side. 
  8. While peaches grill, spread farmers' cheese on the toast. 
  9. Top with grilles peaches and drizzle with remaining raw honey. 
  10. Sprinkle with sea salt flakes if desire and serve - this also tastes fantastic with some shredded basil on it, as well. 
  11. Enjoy! 

Grilled Peach Toast | Hannah Lundberg Bay Area Photographer

5 comments:

  1. Your grilled peaches look beautiful! Especially love them on sourdough.. yum!

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  2. It seems like so long ago that we were in the throes of stone fruit season but I loved it so! :D What a great way to serve stonefruit :)

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  3. How exciting to find a product that you miss and get a chance to relish it all over again. When we returned from Istanbul, I wanted my relatives to taste their "kaymak" which is a soft clotted cream type of spread. I went to our huge Middle Eastern store and with much searching was able to find some. We spread it on our morning toast with pita and honey...delicious!

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  4. Love the idea of grilling peaches!! This sounds awesome!

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  5. im new to your blog and came from Katrinas blog - I cant wait to read further posts.

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