This video should have been posted in the spring, because the thought of baking during a heat wave makes me sweat. But it just didn’t happen this spring. You know how things get completely out of hand and you forget to post something because there is already too much on your plate? That’s what happened, then there was vacation so this post remained in my editorial calendar for way too long.
Italian Peach Cookies: do they contain actual peaches? No…. they just look like peaches. They are often eaten to celebrate spring but in my area of Italy they are so popular that you find them year long with different fillings: I like pastry cream but many use peach jam or even Nutella. The most elusive ingredient is alchermes, a liqueur that is used to make Zuppa Inglese (a traditional Tuscan dessert). Alchermes has a distinctive red color and I usually cut it with water as you can see in the video because it often carries a bitter aftertaste. If you can’t find it at the store and want to substitute for something a little easier to find, I would recommend raspberry liqueur or Amaretto di Saronno mixed with some food coloring. If you want to skip the alcohol altogether, then you should try to substitute alchermes with beet juice, diluted with grapefruit or pineapple to give it a lighter pink color.
In general, Italian Peach cookies are as delicious as they are fun to make. As Baby Lemonade is not a fan of traditional American pastries, I am sure we will have a lot of fun with this trompe l’oeil dessert.
Here is the video:
And if you want to learn how to make Italian Pastry Cream you can check out this: