In the immortal words of Green Day circa 1996, Millions of peaches, peaches for me/ Millions of peaches, peaches for free. What would you do with millions of peaches? Okay, actually what should I do with one hundred peaches? That is the question this very early fall. The answer would be to bake many peach cardamom desserts of course!
Our peach trees are finally being very prolific and we have been immensely blessed with a whole ‘lotta peaches this year. Which is a terrible problem to have. Luckily business is booming being Big Bear’s only pop-up picnic business and I have a lot of clients hankering for my delicious sometimes gluten-free sometimes vegan homemade muffins. I already knew with our plethora of peaches we were going to have I was going to have to come up with a unique twist on a peach muffin. I already had a plan to turn my deliciously addicting Apple Fritter Cake into a muffin as soon as it turned September 1st.
I never thought all those flannels, high-waisted jeans and terrible clingy bodysuits, the worst of the worst fashion from 1996 would come back into style. WTAF, kids these days just love crop tops and acid-washed high-waisted mom jeans. Here we are in 2022 and dear Lord is this pandemic really over? I feel like the last three years were an abbreviated period of time and now here we are in a world where I get every wordplay/ word reduction quiz question wrong on Jeopardy. (What the hell does SMDH mean anyways?) That would be shaking my damn head, which in this crazy world we are living in here in 2022 I do a lot. We live in a world full of social media acronyms and I need an English to Twitter to Amber dictionary to figure out what the hell my friends and family are actually tweeting about. AFAIK (As far as I know) This is the very best recipe for dealing with one hundred ripe peaches.
Did you know that cardamom is the world’s third most expensive spice? Good thing you use these fragrant pods in cardamom desserts in very small qualities. Have you ever smelled white cardamom pods? OMG, do they smell divine? Cardamom is known most commonly in Indian food and found in Chai tea but most of it is produced in Guatemala these days. Cardamom is known to help in diabetes treatment and help with depression. How can you feel sad with a plate of these delicious homegrown peach muffins in your hands?
PSL’s (Pumpkin Spiced Lattes) are all the rage here in a greatly abbreviated 2022, but IMO (In my opinion) the taste of cardamom in some deep dark espresso with just a hint of cream would be the perfect warm autumn beverage to go with these tasty peach and cardamom desserts. Vintage 1996 Green day songs may not be trendy here in 2022 but these delectable peach cardamom muffins will never go out of style.
MRW I shove a Cardamom desert at my face
My reaction when I shove a cardamom dessert into my face this autumn is basically pure joy. Do you know what else brings me pure joy? Vacationing in my favorite place in California and travels to the eastern Sierra. Any time we start to load our thirty-four-foot motorhome I get so excited for the outdoor hiking adventures to come.
Before I shove some delicious definitely not keto treats like some tasty Cookie Cobbler Cardamom Peach Muffins into my face, I had to go for a butt-burning hike. Let’s flash back a few days to the Eastern Sierras. I just returned from four awesome days of camping and hiking with man’s best friend or possibly that idiot dog that follows me everywhere. She was actually way more well-behaved than normal on this trip. And I’m considering myself lucky that I can still take her on these 18 to 20-mile hikes when she is getting up there at 12 years old.
On this trip, we were blessed enough to check out both Minaret Lake, eighteen miles round trip and Thousand Islands Lake the easy way at twenty miles round trip. I honestly don’t know how many more of these twenty-mile hikes my favorite trail mutt is going to be able to do. I was really hoping we would get to do Thousand Island Lake again in the fall when we return to the Mammoth Lakes area. But breaking news! The whole Red’s Meadow Resort area is going to be closed for almost a year for road construction! Which is something this touristy area desperately, desperately needs. The roads are just terrible from the snow damage over their hard winters up in the eastern Sierras.
I’m so glad the pup and I had a few days of hiking bliss at Red’s Meadow Resort because honestly, this might be the last chance she has to do these awesome long-distance hikes with me. I feel like by next summer we’re probably going to have to keep all of the hikes less than eight miles long to save her little arthritic legs. Seeing as how Thousand Island Lake and Minaret Lake are two of my favorite just really difficult to get-to treks in the eastern Sierra, it’s looking like I probably won’t be back to trek either of these again until we get a younger dog. Now vacation is over and it’s back to work. IRL (In real life) I’m a part-time hiking guide and part-time organic baker and I have a lot of ripe peaches to deal with back home.
Looking for the best autumn dessert to inhale after a killer autumn trek through some fall leaves? Have millions of peaches of your own? I’ve been baking this cookie cobbler with any fresh fruit I can find for many years but cookie cobbler cardamom desserts take the cake FTW (For the Win)
1/2 white organic sugar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted organic butter
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
For the spiced peach layer
4 peaches, sliced into small pieces
1 teaspoon freshly ground Saigon cinnamon
1/2 a teaspoon cardamom
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salted butter
Firstly, in a saucepan heat, the butter then stir in the peaches. Add the cinnamon, cardamom and brown sugar. Stir just until the peaches start to cook and the sugar dissolves for about five minutes. Set aside and work on the cookie cobbler dough. Preheat the oven to 350.
In a standup mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add in the egg yolks and the vanilla. Mix in your dry ingredients. Pour your muffin mix into baking tins. Dollop some peaches on top and gently mix them in just a bit with a butter knife. You should just have a swirl of peach puree mixed in. Bake for 20-25 minutes until your peach and cardamom desserts are cooked thoroughly.