There is nothing quite like a fresh peach. One bite into the soft fuzzy skin and I am in heaven! Full of juice and sweet fruity flesh, peaches remind me of warm summer evenings no matter what the time of year may be. This summer has been particularly amazing for peaches and now is the time to enjoy. Many stores and farmers markets are overflowing with fresh peaches and have them on sale.
While I love peach pie and peach cobbler, sometimes I like to keep things simple. This recipe for Bourbon Roasted Peaches is what I make when I want a decadent dessert without all the fussing of pie crusts or crumbles. Served fresh from the oven, with an added boozy kick of bourbon, this is the perfect dessert when you want a little slice of summer.
If you are new to bourbon and don’t have a fancy bottle in your cabinet, don’t worry! Simply pick up a 50mL single-serving bottle at your local liquor store (they are usually found at the checkout counter). I have made these treasures with both Maker’s Mark and Jesse James Bourbon with wonderful results.
Once cooked down, the sharp bite of the bourbon is diffused and you are left with the sweet and rich flavors of oak and honey. This serves as the base for glaze. Blended with creamy butter and the woody flavor of maple syrup, the rich glaze protects the flesh of the peach while roasting. Add a dash of sea salt and you have the perfect blend of salty and sweet.
Serve with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream, garnish with some mint leaves and enjoy!
Additional Tip: If peaches are firm when you buy, placed them in a paper bag for 1-2 days to help them ripen.