My first experiment with this summer's peaches was a Peach Almond Tart. We enjoyed it warm right out of the oven...rapidly consuming 4 of the 6 servings. Warm, it was a yummy evening treat, lending itself both the feeling of summer's fresh, delicate fruits and the enjoyment of summer's last bountiful harvest that could be savored on a crisp evening at the end of the season. Summer or early fall, this tart would serve as a great ending to an al fresco dinner.
I also wanted to try it cold. Thankfully we had enough self control to put the last two slices away in the refrigerator. Although I prefer the tart served warm, cold, it was a better fit with a morning cup of coffee or as an after lunch treat. The peach takes a different note of flavor depending on whether it is warm or cold. If you make this in the future, come back and let me know which you think is best!
Why does the peach season have to be so short...if it were longer...the special memories of buying as many as possible from the roadside stand, knowing you have to eat them all before they go bad, eyeing the buckets of peaches at the grocery store each time you walk in, knowing they will soon disappear, and trying a plethora of new recipes in a couple of short months would not be so special...and the anticipation of summer would not be as exhilarating!