Baked peaches with maple syrup and vanilla

It's potluck time at I ♥ Cooking Club. This week I think I will stick with Nigel Slater recipes. Let's talk easy desserts!

Last year we discovered baked peaches. It was a life changer for healthy desserts. Have you ever gotten a peach and you look forward to the juiciness, the sweet flesh of the ripe peach and then your hopes are dashed because it's mealy? That sucks, doesn't it?

Well, fear not. Even a hard peach can be a treat if you let it sit a few days before popping it in the oven. Might it be a mealy peach? Doesn't matter when you bake it. How great is that?

Here is the original recipe from Nigel Slater's column
The Observer,May 2010

Baked peaches with maple syrup and vanilla

Serves 4

4 ripe peaches
4 tbsp maple syrup
a pinch vanilla seeds, about the contents of 1 pod
juice of 1 lime

Set the oven at 400 F (200C/gas mark 6). Wipe the peaches and slice them in half. Discard the stones and place the fruit, cut side up, in a shallow baking dish.
Put the syrup in a bowl with the vanilla seeds and the lime juice. Mix well then pour over the peaches. Bake for approximately 35 minutes till the peaches are tender. It is good to baste the fruit from time to time as it cooks.

Here is another version - use cinnamon and a side of coffee ice cream.

Okay, it's not a healthy dessert if you plop ice cream on the least not each and every time.

Let's see what else is being served up for potluck at I ♥ Cooking Club.


Anonymous said...

I have a baked peach recipe with mascarpone and crushed amaretti biscuits that is yummy ... those look juicy Lucy!

Mrs L

Tina said...

Ooooo..,,mascarpone would be a nice creamy addition . I love peach season.

Janel Gradowski said...

I usually turn disappointing stone fruit into chutney. This sounds like a good, and yummy, way to use them, too!

~~louise~~ said...

I just can't wait 'til Peach season arrives Tina. Oh the things I will do with peaches, lol...Baked Peaches are a fine beginning:) Thanks for sharing, Tina...

Tina said...

Oooooo, Janel, I never thought of using them for chutney . Brilliant!

Louise, the peach season just isn't long enough. I am thinking of cobblers besides a plain baked peach.

Susan Lindquist said...

LOL! Mealy peaches are surely a great disappointment! Turning that around def feels like a little triumph! Great recipe ... and so easy! Gotta love it!

Zosia said...

Maple roasted anything is usually delicious.....I can't wait for peach season in August to try out this recipe!

kitchen flavours said...

Baked peaches sounds good to me! Fresh peaches are really costly over here and I would usually use canned ones for my bakes. I know nothing beats the fresh ones! :)
Wonderful sweet potluck choice!

Deb in Hawaii said...

I have grilled peaches before but have not roasted them. With the maple syrup and vanilla they look amazing. ;-)

ostwestwind said...

Still have to wait for tasty peaches here, the recipe sounds simple and delicious!

Tina said...

Thanks Susan! We had another round of baked peaches last night. Addicting.

Zoysia, your peach season is August, we have ours around June but the peaches are small this year. Thanks for the nice comment.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

I love roasted peaches, and you're so right - it's a really good way of using those disappointing, flabby-fleshed peaches.

TeaLady said...

Mealy peaches are the WORST!! Now I know what to do with them. Those look so tasty.

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