Monday, August 6, 2012

Peach Desserts

Peach season is in full swing, and I'm loving every juicy, fuzzy bite. But sometimes I get carried away at the market and buy too many of these irresistible summer treats. At such times, I churn out baked goods using the surplus.

Remember our cherry tart?  The peach version is equally delicious, and happily devoid of that tedious task of pitting all those cherries.  Peel and chop 4-5 peaches and use the same recipe.  Dee-lish!

I also inserted peaches into this basic cake.  Follow the steps indicated in the link, but substitute peeled, chopped peaches for the blueberries.  This is an incredibly versatile recipe; served plain with a cup of coffee, it's breakfast.  With a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it's a simple dessert.  With a drizzle of caramel and mascarpone whipped cream, it's a show-stopper.  (It works really well with strawberries, too, but that is a topic for another day.)

These simple, grilled peaches were stunning.  We splashed them with a couple of drops of balsamic vinegar, sprinkled them with brown sugar, and grilled them, starting with the round side down, cut side  up.  The sugar and vinegar melted into the fruit and then we flipped them to get that dramatic sear.  These were great with vanilla ice cream, but you could also reduce the brown sugar and serve them with grilled chicken or fish.

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