The warm, sunny evenings of the season may be coming to an end, but there’s still time to revel in the summery perfume and juicy succulence of ripe peaches with this luscious, creamy, syrupy, crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth dessert. The only things better than its pure deliciousness are the speed and ease with which it is put together and the virtual nonexistence of guilt after having eaten it and shared it with your kids (in spite of its hint of sinfulness).
I’ve been waiting all summer to have the chance to try this recipe after seeing a grilled peach recipe from Martha Stewart online. (My family’s cross-country move put a hold on this for a couple of months.) I thought it would be interesting to add some layers of flavor and texture to this dessert, and that part was easy, but I’ve never grilled fruit before and just recently braved using the grill on my own. A friend of mine was surprised, and actually seemed impressed, when I told her I had used the grill to cook dinner for me and the kids while my husband was away for work earlier this summer. There seems to be this unspoken rule that only men are capable of grilling, and I had been blindly following it for too long. After trying it and realizing how easy and fast it was to grill meat (which used to be my least favorite thing to cook because of the mess, germs, and time involved), I discovered my ability to use the grill, and this opened up a whole new world of cooking to me.
I promise to share all of my grilling adventures with you in the future, but for now, I’m begging you, do not miss out on the last opportunity of the summer to relish the flavor of fresh peaches. If you can get them on sale, buy a bunch so you can dice up extras and freeze them for smoothies! And DO NOT wait for your husband to fire up the grill – you can do it! You will have one more thing to be proud of, and your kids will thank you with honeyed smiles and indulged silence.
YIELD| 4 servings
PREP| 2-3 minutes
COOK| 4-5 minutes
4 ripe peaches
1 tsp. unsalted butter, melted
2 c. vanilla frozen yogurt or vanilla bean ice cream
1/2 c. Honey Cinnamon Flax Granola
Fresh ground cinnamon
1. Heat grill to medium-low.
2. Wash peaches, split into halves, and remove pits (carefully run sharp knife around edge of pit until it is loose enough to gently twist out of peach half).
3. Brush each peach half with melted butter using a pastry brush.
4. Place peaches on grill (cut side down), close cover, and cook 4-5 minutes or until peaches are soft and show light grill marks.
5. Place peach halves 2 to a bowl, lightly drizzle with honey, then top with 1/2 c. frozen yogurt or ice cream, 2 tbsp. granola, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
|7-12 months||Serve plain grilled peaches pureed, mashed, or diced with no toppings (a little cinnamon is OK) Do not add honey for babies this age due to risk of illness.|
|12-18 months||Serve as described (smaller portion), with peaches diced or mashed and granola broken into small pieces to avoid choking|
|18 months to 3 years||Serve as described (smaller portion), cutting peaches into small pieces and breaking granola small enough to avoid choking|