In the summer there are a few fruits that just beg me to eat them. Peaches are definitely one of them. The thing about peaches however is that other than eating them raw, putting them in iced tea, or making a galette I was always afraid to do much else with them. I mean they are soft and super juicy and I feared that any sort of cooking would reduce them to a sticky mess. Well the other night I proved my own fears wrong.
I invited a few of my guy friends over to have a cookout at my home with my husband and I. I made spiced vanilla cupcakes from the box (Organics brand using egg replacer and a dash of Penzey’s Cake spice then finished them off with a vanilla sugar). Then I took fresh peaches from my local Whole Foods in Swampscott and sliced them in half cut out the pit and put the oven on. The grill was off limits since my husband had been grilling steaks on there for the guys and I was not putting my peaches on that mess. Yuck.
The result was a softened warm juicy half peach enrobed in a quick stovetop caramel drizzle next to a slice of delicate vanilla spice cake. It was heaven and it was quick. Even the guys sighed when they ate them.
Here is how I did it:
Coconut Spray Oil (like Pam but with Coconut Oil, I use Spectra brand)
1 Earth Balance Buttery Stick
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup Soy Creamer
- Preheat oven at 400degrees.
- Wash peaches to slightly de-fuzz them.
- Slice peaches in half and remove the pit.
- Spray a cookie sheet with Coconut Oil.
- Melt 2tbsp of earth balance in a teacup in the microwave and baste the inside and outside of the peaches until well covered.
- Place peaches flesh side down on cookie sheet with fuzzy side up.
- Bake until they appear to be bubbling juices out about 15-20minutes.
- Then turn the broiler on to HI, move the peaches to the top rack, and broil until brown and black spots appear on the top of the peaches about 3minutes. This simulates the grill marks you would get if you grilled them instead. If you were to grill them you would do something similar with keeping them on the top shelf until then were cooked and soft and then bring them down to the lower grill grate to get the grill marks on them.
- In a medium sauce pan mix brown sugar, remaining butter, and soy creamer over medium until melted and combined. Be careful it does not burn and stir often.
- Once caramel is reduced remove from heat.
- Drizzle peaches with caramel and serve with your favorite cakes or ice cream!
(WW Points for just Broiled Peach – 3pts for 2 halves)
XOXOX, The Hippie Gypsy
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