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A Year of Slow Cooking

Thursday, July 17, 2008

CrockPot Peach Compote Recipe



Day 199.

Good morning! Today is my nine year anniversary of the second time that I married Adam. The first time was in Mr. Phillips' Economics class.

I remember being pulled to the front of the class to go over our budget and Mr. Phillips said, "$20? Your dining out budget is $20? Surely, Adam, you can do better than McDonalds when you treat your bride."

It still makes me smile when we grab anything at McDonalds.

Since we're such partiers, we're celebrating our anniversary by having Laura, from No Appropriate Behavior as a house guest. She and I are going to the BlogHer Newbie Party, and are leaving Adam and the girls home with a bowl of microwave popcorn and a well-worn copy of High School Musical.

But! when we return there will be fresh peach compote. Fresh peach compote with brandy. yum.



The Ingredients.

--3 to 4 fresh peaches (I used 3 large ones)
--1/3 cup brown sugar
--1/4 cup brandy (gluten free)
--2 T butter
--1/2 t ground cinnamon
--1 t vanilla


The Directions.


I used my 1.5 qt mini crockpot for this. I heard back from Crock-Pot that they are no longer producing an adjustable-temperature 1.5 quart---the new ones just plug in and turn on like the Little Dipper. If you are looking for an adjustable little guy, there is a 2 qt size available.


Wash and slice your peaches. Put them into your crockpot. Cover with the brown sugar, brandy, the 2T of butter, and the cinnamon and vanilla. There is no need to melt the butter beforehand.

Cover and cook for about 90 minutes, to 2 hours. If your crockpot has the temperature knob, go for high. So then you can eat it faster.

Serve over vanilla ice-cream.


The Verdict.

Beyond delicious. I wonder if I can get away with only eating peaches this way from now on?

this is very, very good.

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The Crock-Pot giveaway is still open! PLEASE leave a comment on the original giveaway post. Your comment is going to get lost if you leave it anywhere else, and want to be in the line-up for the random number picker thingy-mabob. The contest will close at 5pm, on Friday.

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32 comments:

Anonymous said...

We don't drink alcohol for religious reasons - is there something you can substitute for the brandy? These sound delish and I have fresh peaches on hand now!!! TIA!

Crockpot Lady said...

hi anon, use apple or white grape juice!
-steph

Lynn / vigilant20 said...

Just letting you know I sent an award your way if you are interested. :)

PS Thanks for answering our anonymous friend...now I'm interested in trying this too!

Anonymous said...

I'll miss you in 2009! My first stop on the web is your site every day. It was great to see you on Rachael Ray! :) You did a great job! You're so famous now- almost 2000 comments on your give-away! WOW! You go girl! Bev in Oregon

Sacred Suzie said...

Congratulations on your anniversary, what an adorable story!

I am interested to see that you don't peel your peaches, very cool. It sounds awesome!

I saw you on Rachael Ray and you inspired me to bake with the crockpot. I had not thought of doing that until I saw your creme brulee, genius! I made an Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Thank you for helping me bake in the summer without heating the kitchen! Can't wait to try YOUR recipes.

Christine said...

Happy Anniversary!! Thanks for sharing the story about you and Adam--it was cute!

The recipe looks super yummy. I can't wait to give it a try!

SaraK said...

Happy Anniversary! This looks really yummy!

kelly gibson said...

happy anniversary!

renette74 said...

happy anniversary!!!excited to make this at home....my you have a fruitful married life ahead..

renette74@yahoo.com

Astrid said...

Happy Anniversary!

Wowee! I think I'm going to have to make that one...it looks delicious! I just made the taco soup (with modifications based on what I did/didn't have). It turned out great...especially since we topped it with Fritos chips!

Kim said...

wow... a new crock pot imagine the possibilities. I still have my first crockpot 25+ years and believe it or not use it somewhat frequently, I even attempted your creme brule on valentines day! yum. I would love to be included in your drawing.

landis_kim@hotmail.com

Deedee said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm glad someone asked the non-alcohol question! That is the other thing I was popping over to ask. I just got a 1.5 quart size adjustable slow cooker (as they call crock pots here in the UK) and this sounds scrummy!! Unfortunately hubby can't have alcohol because of some meds he is on and I'd like to have this with the kids, so the 'family friendly' version will be great! Thanks for all the great tips. :o)

Team Pipkin said...

This looks good.
Thanks for the idea of alcohol substitute. I will try it this way.
Happy Anniversary:-)
~Nicole

Fly Baby in OKC said...

Happy anniversary! My hubby and I are coming up on 11 years next month...and I knew him in school, too. Wouldn't go out with him, though. We were [gasp!] FRIENDS...coulda saved myself a lot of heartache, but then I probably wouldn't appreciate him as much! :o) Hope your next FIFTY-nine years are even better than the last nine!

And don't party TOO hard...

silversage said...

just a little tidbit for those concerned about the alcohol content- it evaporates out of the dish at it cooks...heat will do that. Now, if you serve the brandy at the end AFTER the peaches have cooked....yes, there will be some alcohol in the dish.

so all you get is brandy flavor here, no alcohol...enjoy! it IS a yummy dessert!

Amie said...

I was gonna ask the same qq as the #1 comment--but it sounds delish!!!!

Rachel said...

Happy Anniversary!
I am celebrating nine years with my sweetheart today, too!
Yummy...

Anonymous said...

Hi there, Love your website. I thought I would pass along one of my favorite crock pot recipes, (I have quite a few too!) But I recently made it, and remembered how yummy it is. Maybe you could try it and pass it along....We call it Fiesta Dip or Mexican Dip ( I remembered reading your family loves Mexican!)
1 block of Velveeta Cheese
2-8 oz blocks of cream cheese (I use one)
I large jar of salsa, whatever you prefer.
1-2 pkgs of taco seasoning, it depends how spicy you like it, I usually use one and find it's more that enough spice.
1 and half pounds of ground beef.
You can brown the ground beef first on high till it's cooked and then drain the fat, that's what I do and then add the rest of the ingredients and cook on high for 1-2 hours. Serve with tortilla chips.
Eva
P.S. Happy Anniversary! I met my hubby in high school also, we dated for 6 yrs and have been happily married for 12.
evacaneva4@hotmail.com

Cathy @ ChiefFamilyOfficer.com said...

Congratulations and happy anniversary, Steph! Have a wonderful time!

Stephanie said...

I love the 1.5 quart size. You can do so much with it, snacks and desserts. My heart broke the other day when my toddler dropped the stone pot and it broke! I'll have to get another one so I can make the family-friendly version of your yummy-looking peach compote!

cybelline1 said...

Hi! I adore this site! Just wondering - in your picture of the ingredients it appears there is a bottle of vanilla in the foreground but no vanilla mentioned in the recipe. Was vanilla included or not?

Crockpot Lady said...

eek! thanks, cybelline! throw in a teaspoon of vanilla.
I'll change the ingredient list right now.
xox
steph

Theresa in Mèrida said...

I don't have peaches but mangoes are cheap right now, so I am going to make this with mangoes. Everything else the same. I'm using the little yellow manila mangoes. Yum. I love your blog, please,please,please keep it up after the year ends!
regards,
Theresa

Jen said...

Stephanie,

An answer to my daily, "what am I making for dinner" dilemma!!! I was just introduced to your blog this morning, and I can't tell you how thrilled I am. I've been "crockpottin'" for 10 years, and I love it! Last fall, during our move, my crockpot took a crash and broke! I would love to be entered into your contest for the "crockpot give away"!!! My email is bjcarps@yahoo.com. I've been using the mom-in-laws crock since we moved in, but we are moving in 2 weeks... Thanks for all the new recipes, I can't wait to try them out!!!!!!

Canadian Saver said...

This looks awesome! I will try once we can get peaches a bit cheaper here...

Jenn said...

this was delicious! my dinner guests loved it.

the apple juice substitution also worked just fine (i didn't have brandy on hand).

Cami said...

So, so yummy! I used four big peaches and peeled them (blanch then shock them so it's easy). Instead of all brandy, I did half brandy and half amaretto and at the end of the cooking time I thickened it with a little bit of cornstarch slurry. We ate most of it last night over vanilla ice cream but I have my eye on the last little bit for this morning over some Greek yogurt!

Angela's Kitchen said...

We have the same anniversary! Weird! (Except being totally old I have you beat by 6 more years.) Happy anniversary!

Okay, on another note, I am pretty sure if I make this I will have to make enough to fill the bathtub so I can bathe in it... I am SO going to blame you when I gain 10 more pounds! ;0)

Sheila said...

I was thinking of making this tonight, wondering if you had any suggestions what I could use to replace the Brandy, don't have any of that in my house. Thanks!

jsbrown96@gmail.com

Ruby said...

I tried this on the weekend and it was amazing. I used my teeny, baby crock as I don't have the 1.5. It held 2 peaches if I crunched them down in. Because I'm diabetic I used a bit of sugar-free pancake syrup and a tablespoon of brown sugar Splenda. I didn't have Rum (yuk) so used Scotch. Also forgot to put in cinnamon and vanilla. It still turned out delish. I may use it over your crockpot pancakes that I've tried and love as well. YUM

Shannon said...

Ok, so it has been almost a year since the last comment...it's never to late right? I am going to try this with apricots insead of peaches. We received a lot of apricots in our CSA share so what better way to use them. Also going to do the apple juice instead of Brandy.

Donna Lachance said...

I was looking for something yummy to do with the peaches that are so plentiful and delicious right now, and this was perfect! You really are the gift that keeps on giving!

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