Breaking news! I got a bicycle! If you read my recent post about Settling In, you already know I was on mission to get my hands (and feet) on one. Hubby made it easy. He just showed up with one the other night. Now I just need to practice not bumping the bell when I use my brakes. I already draw enough attention around here, I definitely don’t need to be ringing my bell too.
The town we are living in here in Italy is, well…small. The variety of food and grocery items within bicycling distance to our apartment is very limited, which means I have to try to be extra creative on days when it is storming and there is no way I’m dragging Bluebell (my Italian biccicleta with a basket) outside to pedal around town in search of an elusive pantry item (baking powder, I’m talking to you). Yesterday I was desperate to bake, but wasn’t about to leave the apartment in the storm, so I set out to make good use of the 4 peaches, or “pesche”, that were laying on my counter. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty sure that it was going to be a disaster since it was also my first time trying out the tiny Celcius convection oven in our apartment. I am pleased to report that the oven and I got along just fine and Hubby and I were munching happily in no time.
The good news is, these Peach Hand Pies are so easy to make. If I already have all the ingredients in this apartment, then you definitely have them at your house–well, you might need to go pick up peaches, but the rest are pantry staples. No fancy equipment needed either, since I don’t have a mixer or anything here. Just a bowl and a fork work great. I also couldn’t resist making some mini pies as well, using my little tart pans I got on our first day in Italy. This pastry recipe is similar to my Homemade Pop Tarts recipe, but the pastry is a little bit more delicate and flaky.