Poached Peaches

Poached Peaches
Servings: 12 Prep 15 mins Cook 22 mins

Ingredients

Peaches:
  • 6 peaches
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) sauvignon blanc white wine OR: other dry white wine
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 3 whole cloves
Cream Topping:
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
Hazelnut Praline:
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • Pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped, skinned hazelnuts

Make It

Peaches:

1. Bring large pot of water to a boil. With small knife, make an X in bottom of peaches. Carefully drop peaches into boiling water; boil 2 to 3 minutes or until skins loosen. Fill large bowl with cool water and ice cubes. Remove peaches and drop into ice water to stop the cooking. Beginning at X at bottom of peaches, peel skin off peaches. Slice peaches in half; remove pits.

2. In medium-size saucepan, combine wine and sugar. Bring just to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add cinnamon stick, allspice, peppercorns and cloves. Add peach halves. Cover; simmer 20 minutes.

Cream Topping:

3. Meanwhile, in medium-size bowl, combine heavy cream and confectioners sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in yogurt. Cover and chill.

Praline:

4. Line baking sheet with nonstick aluminum foil, or with regular foil, lightly coated with cooking spray. In medium-size heavy-bottomed saucepan (not nonstick), heat together sugar, water and salt over medium-high heat until mixture begins to turn light caramel color, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat; quickly stir in chopped nuts. Carefully spread onto foil-lined pan, making mixture as flat as possible. Let cool.

5. Once peaches are done, with slotted spoon, transfer peaches to glass bowl. Strain poaching liquid to remove spices; return liquid to saucepan. Boil liquid in saucepan over high heat for 10 minutes or until slightly reduced (you should have about 2 cups). Let syrup cool slightly. Pour over peaches in bowl.

To serve:

6. Place 1 peach half on a plate or in small bowl. Drizzle with a little syrup. Top with Cream Topping. Garnish with piece of Hazelnut Praline. Makes 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 12; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 298, Fat, total (g): 10, chol. (mg): 21, sat. fat (g): 4, carb. (g): 42, fiber (g): 2, pro. (g): 3, sodium (mg): 28, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.