What do you take to a friend's house for dessert when sugar and wheat are off the menu? My thinking on this score starts with fruit. It's not yet Summery enough for fruit salad in my humble opinion, and given that I didn't want to add sugar I thought that whatever fruit I used needed to have its own natural sugars caramelised, to really get the most out of them. Then I was at (the Brunswick fresh food mainstay) La Manna on Saturday, and they had their first boxes of peaches. So grilled peaches it was!
Twenty minutes from start to finish, highly affordable, delicious and about as healthy as desserts can get. People who thought they didn't like peaches, will discover they do like peaches after all!*
- Peaches, halved
- 250g marscapone
- 1/4 cup orange blossom water
- 1/4 cup warm water
- Vanilla essence
Place your halved peaches cut side up in a baking dish. Mix the orange blossom and warm water, and a teaspoon of honey, and sprinkle over the peaches, allowing them to sit in the liquid. Place under a hot grill for 10 minutes, until the the peaches are soft and beginning to char.
Place the marscapone, two tablespoons of honey, two drops of vanilla essence and a shake of cinnamon in a bowl and whisk until thick and fluffy.
Serve the peaches with a little of the syrup and juices, with a dollop of the marscapone and chopped pistachios. Beautiful!
*This really happened!