Peach Perfect

Fresh Peaches

I do declare, I should have grown up in the South. I love the Midwest….but I adore the flavors of the South. Pecans, barbeque, sweet tea and peaches…. Ahhh, peaches!

Ripe peaches have found their way into local markets and a box of peaches came my way recently. I knew they would be perfect for Oven Roasted Peaches. My son calls it Peach Cobbler-without the Cobbler. Roasting the peach carmelizes its natural sugars and concentrates the quintessential peach flavor. Adding creme fraiche and almonds adds complementary textures and flavors to the already perfect peach.

Easily adaptable, Oven Roasted Peaches are the perfect end to a late summer meal for yourself or guests. And, the prep work is easy-peasy. So here you go….Oven Roasted Peaches, from a Midwest girl….who probably should live in the South.

The Taste of Summer

Ingredients

Peaches (allow one peach per person)

Brown Sugar (Two TBSP per peach)

Crème Fraiche*

Roasted, salted Almonds

  1. Assemble peaches, wash and pat dry.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Cut peaches in half, removing and discarding the pits.
  4. Arrange peaches on a heavy baking pan.

    Peaches in the Pan

  5. Top each peach half with a tablespoon of brown sugar.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until peaches are turning golden and have softened.

    A Tablespoon of Brown Sugar per Peach Half

  7. Place almonds in a quart sized zip seal bag and crush with a rolling pin or other heavy object. Reserve for topping the roasted peaches.
  8. Allow peaches to cool slightly.
  9. Allow one or two peach halves per person, place on an individual serving plate or bowl.

10. Top each peach half with a few tablespoons of crème fraiche, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

11. Sprinkle crushed almonds over the peaches and crème and enjoy.

Peaches and Creme Fraiche with Almonds

This scalable, customizable recipe serves as a basic guide. Let your imagination run and try different combinations. For example, sprinkle cinnamon on the raw peaches before baking, use pistachios instead of almonds, or flavor the crème fraiche with vanilla or almond extract. Try the recipe as written or change it up. Make sure to stop back and let me know how your version tasted. Enjoy!

*Creme Fraiche is a cultured sour cream that is easily made at home with heavy cream and buttermilk. The link above will take you to my resource for creme fraiche. If creme fraiche doesn’t sound like your “thing,” try whipped cream or ice cream with the peaches.

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