The Georgia peach is sweet, juicy, fragrant and oh so delicious! The peach officially became Georgia’s state fruit on April 7, 1995 and has long been a part of the state’s history. Actually a member of the rose family, there are over 700 varieties of peaches. Originating in China, peaches have special significance in Chinese culture and are known for their mystical attributes and supposedly bring you luck, protection and abundance. I’m just happy they are so very delicious and that I’m heading to the Blog Life University Conference later this month in Atlanta, Georgia, so I can indulge in a Georgia peach or two while I’m there! But before I get there I’m participating in the Sweet ‘n Southern Desserts Recipe Contest hosted by this year’s platinum sponsor, Dixie Crystals, and Blog Life University Conference. Why not give my contest entry, Bourbon Peaches Cheesecake Mousse In A Jar, a try? Just saute peaches in Bourbon, butter and brown sugar and layer them with a sweet and creamy cheesecake mousse and serve them in mason jars, in true southern style! Y’all will think you went straight to heaven with each and every spoonful! #BLU16 #SweetandSouthern @DixieCrystals
Bourbon Peach Cheesecake Mousse In A Jar
Pecan Graham Crust:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
1/4 cup Dixie Crystals granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
8 (8 ounce each) mason jars
3 Tbs. butter
1 lb. peaches, pitted and sliced, about 3 cups
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup Bourbon
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Dixie Crystals granulated sugar
1 Tbs. vanilla extract
1 tsp. lemon zest
3 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
8 peach slices
fresh mint sprigs
- Pecan Graham Crust: Combine graham cracker crumb, pecans, Dixie Crystals granulated sugar and cinnamon. Arrange 2 Tablespoons crumb mixture on bottom of each mason jar.
- Bourbon Peaches: Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook peaches, brown sugar and Bourbon until peaches are softened and a sauce has formed, about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool. Spoon some of the sauce over graham crumbs in each mason jar, about 1 Tablespoon of sauce per jar, and then top with half of the peach mixture, dividing evenly between mason jars.
- Cheesecake Mousse: With mixer on medium-high speed beat cream cheese, sour cream, Dixie Crystals granulated sugar and vanilla until smooth and blended scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Stir in lemon zest. Fold in whipped topping until combined. Arrange cheesecake mousse mixture over peaches in mason jars, dividing evenly between jars, about 1/2 cup per jar. Top with remaining peach mixture.
- Garnishes: Top each jar with whipped topping, peach slice and mint sprig.
Makes 8 servings.
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