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Friday, August 10, 2012

Sauteed Fresh Peaches























We’re still enjoying this year’s delicious peach crop in as many ways as I can think of and in the process have come across a simple recipe for sautéed peaches.

After trying a few new recipes, there remained five ripe peaches in the basket, just enough to give this recipe a try.  After all, how wrong could one go with three simple ingredients like fresh peaches, butter and sugar?

Taking only a few minutes to prepare, the minimal work left me feeling that it might not taste as good as it looked in the picture but sometimes I really don’t mind being wrong. 

Since the recipe instructed to serve immediately I scooped a portion of vanilla ice cream into a fancy ice cream dish and covered it with a few spoonfuls of warm peaches.
Realizing that this ice cream was not going to wait for me to take a good picture before becoming an ice cream puddle I had to come up with a better plan.

What else could I do?  Someone had to eat it!  At exactly eleven o’clock in the morning I sat myself down and enjoyed one of the best ice cream desserts I’ve ever had. While indulging in this delicious combination I was inspired with a picture possibility.

Peaches and cream, another winning combination, why not?

After cooling the peach mixture I prepared some whipping cream sweetening it ever so slightly since the peaches were doing a good job of being sweet all on their own and layered them in a parfait glass. With no good excuse to eat this one, I quickly took a picture and placed the dessert in the refrigerator.

No problem…someone else ate it!

Sauteed Fresh Peaches


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 to 5 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into wedges
  1. In a large skillet, melt unsalted butter over medium heat.
  2. Stir in sugar.
  3. Add peaches.
  4. Cook, stirring until sugar has dissolved and peaches are warmed through and coated, 2 to 5 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.











 

 Notes, Tips and Suggestions

  •  Although recipe instructs to serve immediately it's also good at room temperature or even cold.  I was concerned that the sugar/butter mixture would harden upon cooling but it doesn’t.
  • It does however taste absolutely delicious warm on top of ice cream (especially if eaten at eleven o’clock in the morning.)
  • Next time I will add a pinch of cinnamon.

“Appeeling” Peaches

This method of peeling peaches works very well.  Blanching them in hot water removes the skin while leaving the beautiful rosy blush of the peach on the peeled fruit.

  • In a large pot bring water up to a boil.
  • Make a small X through the skin on the bottom of the peach
  • Remove from heat and add peaches making sure they are completely submerged.
  • Leave in hot water about 40 seconds and up to 1 minute if peaches are firm.
  • Transfer peaches with a slotted spoon to a bowl of very cold or ice water and leave for about 1 minute.
  • Drain and pat peaches dry.
  • Using fingers or paring knife peel starting at the bottom of the peach where the skin has been cut.
  • This method also works well for blanching tomatoes. 





13 comments:

  1. elizabeth, who is peachy keenAugust 11, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Mmmm, this sounds like a winner to me! And eating dessert before 12pm is actually one of my most favourite things to do (cream puffs for breakfast with good coffee? Yes m'am!). Thanks for the tip about peeling the peaches, I'll have to try that. Is a peach cobbler in the cards for next week?

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  2. I thought you were going to make that, I was thinking more Peach Shortcake Muffins? It's between the muffins or something green.

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  3. this sounds yuuuummmmy, I have a few peaches in the fridge and am going to try making this tomorrow, I have ice cream in the freezer so I will let the peaches cool and have them with the ice cream, can't wait for tomorrow - lol -

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    1. Marianne,
      I just made this again tonight and enjoyed it even more than the first time!

      Poured it over the ice cream while it was still a little warm...absolutely delicious!

      Enjoy!!

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    2. what do you think it would be like with brown sugar, I might try that

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    3. Marianne,
      It's past 11:00 and you are still only thinking about making it?
      Go ahead and try making it with brown sugar and let me know how it turns out.

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    4. OK its Tues. and I finally made it and it was delicious, I made it your way, next time I will try the brown sugar, its so good you can eat the peaches alone, don't even need the ice cream, but we had some anyway, Elizabeth the invites always open but if you want the peaches you better get yourself over here soon because these peaches are going fast.

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    5. Marianne,
      I got to thinking about your affinity for Peach Melba and after researching a few recipes realized that these peaches would work really well for that.
      All you need is a raspberry sauce to complete this tasty dessert.
      Just in case you need the raspberry sauce recipe here it is...

      In a blender puree 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries with 2 tablespoons of water until smooth.
      Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl pressing with spoon.
      Stir in 4 teaspoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoons lime juice.
      You can make this ahead and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

      Assemble ice cream and peaches and pour the raspberry sauce over it.
      Think I'll make some for myself!!

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    6. Its Thursday and I'm making the peaches again, I would try the raspberry sauce but I don't have any raspberries, but I will try making them with brown sugar this time and I will let you know how it turns out, Elizabeth, 2nd chance to get yourself over here real quick - lol -

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    7. Must be good to make it twice in one week.
      Please let me know about the brown sugar version.
      Make sure to always keep a bag of frozen raspberries in your freezer, you never know when you may need them!!

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    8. we like them better with the brown sugar, give it a try and see what you think

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  4. elizabeth, who is feeling fuzzyAugust 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Marianne, I think my dinner invite to your house must have gotten lost in the mail (or in cyberspace). If you're cooking up some peaches, my dance card is wiiiiiiide open!

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  5. Great post... even better photo!

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