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October 14, 2012

Peach Pleasure: Recipes from the Lewiston Peach Festival

Recipes from the Lewiston Peach Festival; winner says easy does it!

Niagara Gazette — Deciding to put cold ice cream on a hot peach crisp was a risky move, especially on a hot day at the recent Lewiston Peach Festival.

But, despite the creamy blending of all the flavors, or perhaps because of it, the judges unanimously choose Jeanne Green’s “Peach Plum Delight” as the winner of the annual peach recipe contest at the festival. 

Green had just pulled the hot dish out of her oven before leaving her Grand Island home for the contest. She packed the ice cream in a separate cooler. When it was time to plate the dish for the contest, she put a dollop of fresh peach infused ice cream on top of each submission. 

“I put one aside for me and when I tasted it, I said “Oh, my gosh, this is good,” she said, laughing. Green, who was raised in Niagara Falls, won $200 for her efforts. She also won a bag of other gifts that included Niagara University Basketball tickets, movie tickets, a free pizza coupon, and more, was delighted by her victory. Her entry last year, peach cannolis, did not win, but was a favorite with family and friends. This year her colleagues at the Niagara County Health Department are waiting for her to bring in samples of her winning recipe.  Green,  a public health nurse, is already planning next year’s submission.

Here is her winning recipe for Peach Plum Delight, along with some other randomly selected entries.

Peach Plum Delight

1 package (9 ounces) apple crisp mix

6 tablespoons cut up cold butter

2 ½ cups sliced fresh peaches

1 ½ cups sliced fresh plums

2 teaspoons cornstarch

2 cups vanilla ice cream

Mix crisp mix with cut up butter until crumbly.

Spray four custard cups with cooking spray. Take half of mixture and divide into cups. Combine 2 cups peaches, plums and cornstarch and mix to coat.

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