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How to make easy baked peaches dessert recipe

Updated on December 19, 2012
Delicious, easy and versatile served on heat shaped Limoges porcelain plates
Delicious, easy and versatile served on heat shaped Limoges porcelain plates

Baked peaches are easy and delicious

Today I made a deliciously simple dessert with peaches baked in the oven. Fabulous seasonal food, quick to make and stress-free. The peaches are dropping from the trees like rain and are being trampled underfoot before we can gather them up to eat, cook or freeze so when I was asked to bring a pudding to a lunch party, this recipe, given to me by my good friend Sue, sprang to mind. Since then baked peaches has been a favourite pudding at our guest house, Les Trois Chenes, in Limousin, S W France.

Just a few simple ingredients

You will need:

  • Peaches
  • Butter
  • Chopped nuts
  • Sugar (brown if possible)
  • Fortified wine, sherry, brandy or whatever is to hand

How to prepare your peaches

Start by cutting all the peaches in half and take out the stones.

Don't remove the skins. This is La Cook Rustique! The skins are not tough and are good for you!

Lay the peaches cut side up in an oven-proof dish.

Add the other ingredents

  • Pour a little of your chosen wine or spirit into the centre of each peach. I have used Pineau, a local speciality from the Charente. Sherry or similar would do, and brandy is also be delicious.
  • Sprinkle on the sugar
  • Put a knob of butter onto each peach
  • Sprinkle on the chopped nuts
  • Put into a hot oven - I used Gas Mark 7 - for about half an hour


They are ready when tender

After half an hour give them a little prod with a fork, they should be absolutely tender.

To Serve Your Baked Peaches

Choose a pretty plate and then serve with ice cream, clotted or whipped cream, custard, yoghurt or any other topping you fancy.

You could also try putting the sugar on top at this point and melting under a grill to produce a brittle, crunchy topping.

The Limoges porcelain heart shaped dishes and colourful tablecloth are courtesy of our hostess, Sue.

Variations

  • Try substituting amaretti buscuits, crumbled, for the nuts
  • Use different spirits or cordials for flavour

Our newly converted gite sleeps 7 adults and has 3 en-suite bedrooms.
Our newly converted gite sleeps 7 adults and has 3 en-suite bedrooms.

Fallen peaches

The peach orchard

Traditionally the hens and geese are kept in the orchards. The hens clean up all the pests, and the geese will happily gorge themselves on fruit. I love watching them eating up all the spoiled apples and peaches and, wickedly imagine them on the Christmas dinner table ready stuffed! At Les Trois Chenes our geese will see the winter through as tender-hearted son and husband don't fancy them served up on their plates.

Even the geese enjoy the peaches

This has been a superb year for Fruit. Peaches ripening in the orchards behind our gite.
This has been a superb year for Fruit. Peaches ripening in the orchards behind our gite.
Limoges porcelain at Les Trois Chenes
Limoges porcelain at Les Trois Chenes

Buy Jane Grigson's must-have classic

I have only a few text books, preferring to use the library where possible, but there are a number of books that every cook, aspiring cook and foodie should have to hand. Jane Grigson's Fruit book is one of these. Full of excellent, down-to-earth and simple advice this book contains all you need to know about fruit. Order your copy now.

Where in the World is Les Trois Chenes?

A
Videix:
Videix, France

get directions

B
Limoges:
Limoges, France

get directions

C
Angouleme:
Angoulême, France

get directions

Brantome is clasified as one of the most beautiful villages in France and is less than an hour away from Les Trois Chenes
Brantome is clasified as one of the most beautiful villages in France and is less than an hour away from Les Trois Chenes | Source

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    • LadyLyell profile image

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      I have noted how to prepare the peaches as you have shared. Gone are the days when I spent endless hours preparing deserts that had little more delight to my guests than a quick one.

      Fascinated by the area you live in and hope to read more of your articles related.

      Happy new year!

    • Les Trois Chenes profile imageAUTHOR

      Les Trois Chenes 

      7 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      theherbivorehippi Many thanks for your comment. It is delicious but mostly it's quick and easy. I'm sure it would work fine with margarine, or even without the fat - even healthier.

    • theherbivorehippi profile image

      theherbivorehippi 

      7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Wow! yum....this looks delicious! I will need to switch up the butter and make this vegan-style. The pictures just made my mouth water! lol

    • Les Trois Chenes profile imageAUTHOR

      Les Trois Chenes 

      8 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Thanks for message!

    • RedElf profile image

      RedElf 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Lovely! I shall be back to read more.

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