Baked Peaches

Baked Peaches

Fruit makes for a quick and tasty dessert option, and is easily jazzed up by popping it under the grill or in the oven.

Using fruit as a dessert is a great way to have a sweet treat, whilst getting plenty of nutrients at the same time.

You can use different fruit each time you make it, depending on what is in season.

Ingredients (to serve 4)

4 peaches

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

4 teaspoon butter (or coconut oil for dairy free)

8 teaspoon orange juice (or liqueur)

To serve:

½ cup fresh raspberries (optional)

1 cup plain unsweetened yoghurt or ice cream or whipped cream or dairy free versions (optional)

Method

Turn on the grill setting of the oven, or set the oven to 220oC. Line an oven dish with baking paper.

Cut the peaches in half and remove the pips, place cut side up in the oven dish.

Mix together the cardamom and nutmeg, sprinkle evenly over the cut peaches. Place ½ tsp of butter and 1 tsp orange juice into the pip hole of each half.

Place the peaches under the grill or into the oven. Cook for 5 minutes, until the butter is melted. Remove from the heat and carefully spoon the juices from the pip hole over the peach. Return to the heat for another 5 – 10 minutes until the peach is softened and starting to develop some colour. Careful not to burn!

Serve with the raspberries and yoghurt, drizzle over any juices.

Variations

  • Use apples or pears with cinnamon instead of the cardamom; serve with vanilla custard.
  • Use figs; serve with a piece of blue cheese and a couple of plain crackers.
  • Replace the peaches with apricots or nectarines.
  • Use blueberries or strawberries instead of raspberries.
  • Use pineapple and a little rum; serve with diced mango and coconut yoghurt for a tropical delight.