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White Peaches Poached with Lavender & Lemon Verbana Syrup

Updated on November 18, 2012
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Peaches are just one more reason to love summer and flat peaches all the more so. Somehow everyone seems to project their own idea of the season onto them. For adults they epitomize cool, fresh elegance. Call them "doughnut" peaches and even children who usually prefer peach jelly beans to the fruit are bound to like them.

Moreover, flat peaches, and white peaches in general (which you can substitute here), are sweeter and less acidic than yellow peaches. They marry extraordinarily well with that other sunny favorite, lavender. This recipe combines the two flavors and fragrances with lemon verbana for a light, healthy summertime dessert.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: As many people as peaches!

Ingredients

One of the beauties of this recipe is how easy it is to adapt to however many people are clamoring for it. One peach per serving (generally enough for one person). One Tablespoon of sugar per peach. One sprig of lavender per two servings (you don't want to overwhelm the natural fragrance of the white peach). One tea bag of lemon verbana herbal tea for up to 6 peaches. Below is a quick reference table.

Servings = Peaches
Tablespoons Sugar
Sprigs or T. Lavender
Tea Bags of Lemon Verbana
2
2
1
1
4
4
2
1
6
6
3
1
8
8
4
2
12
12
6
2
Poach peaches in light syrup
Poach peaches in light syrup | Source
Reduce syrup, turn off heat and add lavender and lemon verbana
Reduce syrup, turn off heat and add lavender and lemon verbana | Source
Peel peaches gently
Peel peaches gently | Source

Instructions

  1. Choose a pan in which all peaches fit in a single layer. Pour 1 inch/2.5 cm of water in pan (this should bring water about half way up the peach when they are later placed in it). Add sugar and simmer until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add peaches and poach 3 to 5 minutes on each side, turning gently with a spoon. The riper the peach the less time it will take. Don't poach longer than 5 minutes on each side or you'll end up with peach mush!
  3. Remove peaches with a spoon and set aside. Reduce syrup by half. As it cooks down, don't panic, it's normal for the color to deepen.
  4. Remove from heat and add lavender sprigs or dried flowers and lemon verbana. Allow herbs to steep about 20 minutes, or longer to taste. Remove herbs.
  5. When cool enough to handle, gently peel the poached peaches. Pour syrup over whole or halved fruit and allow to cool completely before serving at room temperature, or refrigerate for a cold dessert.

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      Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Thank you Vespawoolf. I know any white peach will do. How lucky your are to be heading toward peach season instead of away from it! Let me know how the variety works out...

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I loved reading this recipe and, as always, your photos are gorgeous. Although we don't have flat peaches in Peru, I'm sure this recipe could be adapted to our large, juicy peaches that are in season in December. We do have lemon verbana so I've added this to my "to try" list. I haven't poached enough fruit so will give it a go! Thanks so much.

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      Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Hi Cyndi, you'd better try quick before white peaches are out of season! Of course in Georgia you have those terrific peaches mvillecat writes so well about. Thanks for commenting.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      My mouth is watering! I don't know when I will get the chance to try this, but I will. Thanks for publishing this.

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      Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Thanks for your comment and shares, Mama Kim, it was the first comment I've received on my newly created account. I sure appreciate it. Do try the recipe, for someone who appreciates the beauty of simplicity, I'm sure you'll like it.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      These sound divine! I especially like The second picture of the hub with the top view and the lavender. I pinned it of course. Voted up and shared.