This post was originally published one year ago.
Father’s Day weekend is already here. What to say about fathers? First off, my father is pretty cool. He is 82 and sharper than a sixty year old. He was strict growing up. But in a good way! He provided so much for us, from the day we were born to making sure we are all okay in our lives currently. He’s extremely intelligent. My father put himself through medical school and helped others, through his entire career and personal path. Most of all, he’s a wonderful father.
I’ve always known that my dad had more love for his children than I could ever fathom. I just couldn’t grasp the capacity of it? Until I witnessed watching it with my own husband and kids…
My husband lives for his lil’ pumpkins. Or should I say, lil’ peaches. He also provides for them and teaches them valuable lessons in life. To top it all off, he’s really really hot.
There’s no doubt in my mind that I married a man who shares some of the same qualities that my own father possesses. And I think that’s kinda cool. Actually…….it’s really really cool.
For this post, I wanted to make a simple dessert. Something sweet for Father’s Day my husband could feast on, yet simple enough for the kids to make for him. Now, I ended up making these myself. The kids ran around and were oblivious. But that’s okay. I, of course, didn’t mind.
Peaches are awesome. I wanted to use peaches for this dessert. My dad loves peaches. Aren’t they the best fruit to eat in the summertime? When I think of peaches, I always think of my dad. He used to always have peaches in the house, and would slice them up for us. One day, I remember taking the seed in the center of the peach, and planting it in the yard when I was young. A peach tree was bound to grow, right? It didn’t grow, but I kept eating that juicy fruit. I planted a couple more seeds that year, just to be sure a tree wouldn’t sprout. My dad always told me peaches were good for you, so I kept eating them. They’re one of my favorite fruits today, and probably always will be.
My husband likes vanilla ice cream. He also loves chocolate. White chocolate is a favorite of mine. It’s so, so good. I wanted to make a treat for Father’s Day (aka, the kids) that wouldn’t melt like ice cream. So, chocolate seemed appropriate. Ok, and I like chocolate too. We don’t want Father’s Day desserts to go to waste, right?
Peaches pair beautifully with white chocolate. There’s a silky, smooth decadence to white chocolate. Peaches have sweetness, but it’s their acidity that’s the stronger component. I think of slight bitterness when I think of peaches, rather than a sugary taste. So, the smooth sweetness of white chocolate and bitterness of peaches make this dessert wonderful. Oh…..and topping them off with chopped walnuts……can do wonders. Why not throw in a bit of textured saltiness? Right? To make it all complete?
A few things to remember: White chocolate is not considered ‘chocolate’. So, you can easily make it. A great recipe to making your own, if you feel comfortable, is from the food blog glutenfreeonashoestring.com. It’s a fantastic blog, and the founder knows her stuff. If you’re looking for a mostly gluten-free white chocolate, I would say venture out to the Endangered Species brand, or Ghirardelli. These are your best bets.
This dessert is so easy to make for Father’s Day, or any day, for that matter. It’s simply fantastic. When you’ve finished devouring most of these treats, you can save leftovers in the fridge. They’ll be cold and crisp later.
So, for all you great fathers out there, have a wonderful and Happy Father’s Day.
Dad……..I love you.
Rich……..you’re not my father, but I love you too.
Hope you have a special, and peachy day 🙂
Love Always, Feeding Gluten Free.
White Chocolate Dipped Peaches
- 2 whole peaches sliced into wedges
- cups White chocolate - 2 morsels/broken bars
- cup Chopped walnuts - 1/4
- Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- In a microwave safe bowl, place white chocolate.
- For 30 seconds, microwave chocolate.
- Do this in increments of 30 minutes, about two more times.
- When most of chocolate is melted but you see bumps, stop heating.
- *The melted chocolate will 'melt' all remaining, so don't overcook.
- One by one, dip peach wedges halfway into melted chocolate.
- Thoroughly coat half of peach, then set on parchment paper.
- Before chocolate hardens, sprinkle chopped walnuts on white chocolate.
- Let chocolate set for 12 minutes, then devour immediately.