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Pesche Con Crema (Peaches with Cream)

For a fanciful holiday dessert that's guaranteed to impress, try these beautiful but easy-to-make peach-shaped cakes from Rosetta Costantino's "My Calabria" cookbook.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 6057


For the Pastry Cream

For the Dough

For Assembling Peaches


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  • MS11235125
    15 JAN, 2016
    Peach cookies originated in the Abruzzo/Molise region of Italy. My mom and Nonna made these for First Communions and Baptisms in our family. They were very labor intensive-- many steps, many cookies. I remember late nights and helping them in the kitchen. We would moisten the cookie slightly with alcohol after carving out the little hole-- like rum cake. I also remember using a spray bottle for the coloring-- and brightly stain fingers.
    • twiladimatteo
      12 JUL, 2017
      good idea with the spray bottle
  • twiladimatteo
    12 JUL, 2017
    i am making these for the 1st time. i have eaten them at weddings and love them. can i substitute regular all purpose flour instead of unbleached all purpose flour when making filling?
  • lovescookingtoo
    9 DEC, 2011
    My Grandma used to make this every Christmas. In the cream she’ll mix the crumbs from the inside of the cookies and ground walnuts. For the sugar coating instead of alcohol (for more kid’s friendly recipe) she used basic sugar syrup and she colored one side yellow the other red/peach before coating them with sugar. For the leaves you can use mint leaves. I am making this this year for Christmas. Great recipe and so easy to make!
  • terribearb1742032
    16 FEB, 2011
    You can make chocolate leaves very easily. Just stop by your local florist and ask for "Salal" leaves or "Lemon Balm" leaves. They are thick and glossy and very easy to work with. Paint melted dipping chocolate (like the kind you use to dip strawberries in that hardens) onto the back of the individual leaves. Let them set up on parchment paper for about 30 minutes. Peel the real leaves away and you have beautiful chocolate leaves.
  • pesche
    29 DEC, 2010
    I couldn't find peach leaves. Where can I buy chocolate leaves for decorating? Any idea?
  • tnp2010
    29 DEC, 2010
    I made these for two Christmas celebrations. They were beautiful. I added vanilla extract to the cream and won't next year. A lemony taste would have been better. I am brain storming ideas to flavor the cookie a little more. Maybe add finely chopped dried peach or crushed lemon drop candies? Any ideas?
  • HealthyChocolate
    23 DEC, 2010
    Yumm! My guess is that rum or almond flavoring, syrup or extract will work well, too. Will be trying them all tomorrow, Christmas Eve. Cheers!
  • star_of_cali87
    23 DEC, 2010
    I made these and used Peach nectar juice, I diluted it with water and it worked out perfectly.
  • JoWilloughby
    22 DEC, 2010
    what if you don't drink, what to use with the sugar coating?

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