Maybe you’ve been to a celebration and seen the fancy cookies that look exactly like a peach?
Meet Maria Costa. If you live in Pittsburgh and need alterations on just about any fabric or piece clothing,upholstery or some throw pillows to match your couch, Maria is a seamstress.
But on Thursday she was baking peach cookies for her grandson’s First Holy Communion.
The first step. Another day she’ll be cooking a vanilla pudding and filling the two halves of a ” peach”, “gluing” them together with a finger of the filling spread on the bottoms and rolling the joined cookies in Peach Schnapps and then granulated sugar. She might add a leaf or two but no pretend stem as someone once choked on one. (Survived)
I was picking up my friend Barb to go to the art store and she asked if I could pick her up at Maria’s home instead of her house. I thought I was just picking her up. Turns out Barb and Maria been baking all morning and Barb was taking good notes. I was thrilled to smell the tempting baking aroma and see part of the process of the baking of the peach cookies.
They’d spent the morning baking. The dough used fifteen eggs as she thought they were on the small side but the recipe calls for a dozen!
I saw the giant wooden spoon she used to make the stiff dough. Mixers have been broken previously.
Another day Maria will cook the filling and put the two hard halves of the peach together. Roll them in Peach Schnappes( a hint of rosy food coloring added) and then confectioner’s sugar. Each “peach” will rest in a pretty pleated cupcake paper on a platter.
Maria showed us the seedlings starting in her backyard garden. Her fig tree.
Maria pointed out the province where she’s from- Calabria- Vibo Valentia Italy
I hope I get invited with my friend to see the rest of the process in making the fancy peach cookies. It was really nice to be welcomed into her kitchen. The heart of her home.