Spiced Peaches

Spiced Peaches

I love peaches, and will make peach cobbler often, but it’s not always the right dessert, especially if serving dessert after a heavier dinner.  With summer upon us, I’ve been in the market for more refreshing desserts.

I found some peaches in the fruit basket last night, and decided to turn them into a quick dessert. We ate a vegetarian meal beforehand of barbequed cauliflower with a green tomato salad. It was light dinner, so my sweet tooth kicked in, but it was also late, so I didn’t want to spend time making an elaborate dessert right before I went to bed. This isn’t a complicated recipe - that’s what I love about it. On a busy week night, it only takes 15 minutes from start to finish.

If you don’t have crème fraiche (pronounced "crem fresh") on hand or can’t find it at the grocery store, unsweetened whipped cream could work as a substitute (the peaches are plenty sweet). Or if you really love sweets, you could use mascarpone instead. 

 

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 5 min

Makes: 2 servings

 

Ingredients:

4 small peaches, peeled and sliced (or 2 large)

2 tbsp. brown sugar

½ tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ground cloves

1/8 tsp. ground ginger

2 tbsp. butter

2 oz. crème fraiche

cinnamon, for garnish

mint leaves, for garnish

 

Directions:

Combine peeled peaches in a bowl with brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Set aside. Using a skillet (I use cast iron), melt the butter over medium heat. While this is melting, scoop 1oz of crème fraiche onto each plate. I use two spoons to get a smooth, oval shape. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the plate. Add the peaches to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes until the brown sugar melts in with the butter. Serve half of the peaches with each plate. Garnish with mint.