Well this summer just flew by! Can you believe it will officially be autumn in just two short weeks? Although I love the season that is upon us, there are still a few items on my summer bucket list. Like going to the last of this seasons farmers market and stocking up on fresh, local seasonal fruit and vegetables. And since I can’t seem to get enough peaches lately, I figured I should share the recipe for my own version of baked peaches that I tested out the other day. It is the perfect treat to try out during this transition from summer to fall and it is quick and easy to make! Check out the recipe below!
- 5 cups of fresh blueberries (washed)
- 1/2 a cup of water
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 2 table spoons of lemon juice
- 2 peaches (halved and pitted)
- 4 tablespoons of butter (or plant based alternative)
- 4 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tablespoon of ground nutmeg
- ice cream to serve (or coconut milk alternative in my case)
Now, there are three main parts to making this dish. the first being the preparation of the blueberry syrup. I like to make a jar of this keep it in my fridge to use on many different things from other desserts to drizzling it on pancakes and even in cocktails. If you get creative, you can probably use it to jazz up your basic vinaigrette dressing. Oh, speaking of getting creative, I think I might try some of that syrup in my smoothie tomorrow morning!
Anyways, where was I? The blueberry syrup is made up of only four ingredients, most of which you probably already have at home. Start by combining the blueberries with water in a sauce pot over medium heat. Use a potato masher to juice all the berries. Once the berries are mashed and the fruit and water have formed a jam like consistency, strain the mixture in to a bowl. Add the strained mixture, back into the pot and add honey and lemon juice. As noted below, I used three tablespoons of honey and two tablespoons of lemon juice but add more if you’d like it sweeter.
Pour the syrup into a jar and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.
Next, the peaches! Pre-heat your oven to 375F and place the peaches in baking dish (flesh side facing up). Combine the cinnamon and nutmeg, and sprinkle a bit onto the fruit. Take a tablespoon of butter (of plant based alternative such as Earth Balance or Melt like I did!)and place it in the centre of the peaches. Then drizzle them with honey and pop them in the oven for approximately fifteen minutes.
Once the peaches have cooled for a few minutes, it’s time for a delicious and basically guilt free treat! To serve this dish, place a couple tablespoon of the blueberry syrup on the centre of your plate and then place the peach on top. to finish it off, put a scoop of ice cream onto the peach (or my case coconut milk “ice cream”) and sprinkle on some more cinnamon and nutmeg.
Well, I hope you all enjoy trying out this simple and scrumptious little dessert, and enjoy the Summer while it lasts!