Is there any better dessert than baked peaches with ice cream??? Roasted until soft and topped with a little cinnamon, sugar, and butter!
The time has come, my friends, to pick a team . . . Palisade v. Georgia? Pitting peach against peach and state against state. (ha. see what i did there?) Do the best peaches come from the nearly mile high orchards of Colorado . . . or the central region of “The Peach State”?
This may be contrary to logic, but I’m going to have to go with Team Palisade, here. 100%.
I’m almost never sad to see summer go, since I was born for colder weather and cozy sweaters. But despite my readiness for the Fall and my willingness to embrace pumpkin-, apple-, and spiced-everything, I do love that tiny window of summer-meets-fall, when the mornings and evenings are cool, the afternoons are sunny, and Palisade peaches are available everywhere. 🙂
David has a habit of eyeing some fruit-of-the-season at the grocery store, having a craving, and coming home with more than we could both eat in a week. We started eating fruit for dessert as a way to not let those extra peaches in the back of the refrigerator go to waste.
There is also something about having healthy fruit for dessert — something that gives you a sense of making good life choices . . .
And then you plop vanilla ice cream all over those good life choices. 😉 But c’mon. Roasted soft peaches swimming in melty vanilla ice cream? Caramelized cinnamon sugary goodness? #yolo
Tips for Baking Peaches
What do you sprinkle on peaches?
There are so many possibilities and so many flavors that go well with peaches! This recipe for baked peaches is my go-to favorite, with cinnamon, sugar, and a little bit of butter to help caramelize the top of the peach. You could also try any of the following delicious combinations:
- ground cloves and honey
- ground cardamom and brown sugar
- maple syrup and chopped pecans
- ground cinnamon and chopped hazelnuts
- cocoa powder, brown sugar, and chopped walnuts
Baked peaches with maple syrup is another of my favorite combinations–just make the recipe as directed below and drizzle the peaches with maple syrup while they are still warm from the oven.
Should I peel peaches before I make baked peaches?
The skin of a peach, while slightly fuzzy, is perfectly edible. This means the answer is personal preference. I don’t mind the skin, so I do not peel my peaches. Some people would rather not deal with them in their cobbler or crips, so they remove them with a paring knife. To each his own.
Should peaches be refrigerated?
Do not refrigerate your peaches when they are unripe. You should easily be able to dimple the outside of your peach by pressing it with a finger. If the outside is still quite firm, leave the peaches out to continue to ripen!
After you’ve baked the peaches, you’ll want to keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator to help them last longer!