Thursday, August 11, 2011

Mamie Lola's Peach Tart

Mamie Lola is my friend Dominique’s mother.  She was kind of my children’s surrogate grandmother when we lived in France.  She’d sit and play with the kids, laugh with them, make them yummy desserts and in her eyes they could do no wrong!  Grandmotherly perfection!  Mamie simply means granny and everyone called her Mamie Lola; in fact that’s how we were introduced to her!
Since I’m just days away from officially being an empty nester I guess I’m spending a lot of time reminiscing about the days when Giuliano and Marina were still little kids.  The vast majority of their childhood was spent in France with Dominique and Mamie Lola living just  down the road. One time Mamie Lola told the funniest story of her husband when they were first married in Paris. She lovingly described how he had had a just a tiny bit too much to drink one evening while out with friends.  When they climbed into the car for their short drive home, Mamie Lola’s husband opened the rear car door and settled in; only to start ranting that hoodlums, scallywags, and thieves had stolen his steering wheel!  My French wasn’t good enough at that time to be able to laugh and listen at the same time so I was never quite clear on whether he eventually found the front seat and drove them home or not.
OK, back to Mamie Lola’s yummy dessert treats.  She would make the simplest of tarts and always with the freshest seasonal fruits.  My mouth water just thinking about them!  With peaches in season and me wishing just for a day or two my kids were little again I figured the next best thing would be Mamie Lola’s Tart. 
Mamie Lola’s Peach Tart
1 pie crust (yes I used one premade from the market)
6 fresh ripe peaches
½ cup sugar
1T. dried lavender
½ t. vanilla
In a large pot bring enough water to cover the peaches to a boil.
Make a cross cut on the bottom of the peaches and drop into boiling water for 45-60 seconds.
Remove peaches from boiling water and drop into ice water to stop cooking process.
Peel and slice peaches.
Mix peaches, sugar, vanilla and lavender.
Line baking dish with pie crust.
Fill crust with peaches and bake in 400 degree oven for about 45-55 minutes.
Serve warm as is or give your family a real treat and serve with ice cream and berry coulis.


  1. Well that is my kind of Tarte of peche Ummmmmmmm ;) Josee

  2. I am a huge fan of peaches and lavender. Mamie Lola sounds like an amazing woman, and i sounds like she also knows her way around a kitchen :-) thanks for sharing this

  3. What a lovely summertime treat and a great tribute to Maime Lola. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  4. This does look like a gorgeous recipe! We have some white peaches from a friend which will be perfect in a peach tart! Thanks

  5. This tart looks scrumptious! I love peaches--so summery--but have yet to try them in tart form. What a funny story too, that reminds me of a few friends and their one-too-many drinks stories. Yum!