Every now and then, we come across a wonderful recipe that somehow transcends any specific mealtime. It is a dish that can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacktime, and even dessert, and one that never fails to please. It is a dish that everyone seems to love, hot or cold, and any time of the year. The best part of all? It is a cinch to create and most people have all of the ingredients in their pantry already! I am speaking, of course, of one of these magical dishes: a delicious treat known as baked peaches.
Baked peaches are a Sunday tradition in my family. My grandmother bakes them for breakfast and reserves the leftovers, which we later slice up and put over vanilla ice cream for dessert after supper. They smell absolutely heavenly and look so beautiful on the plate! There are a couple of ways to serve them, but my personal favorite is just as they are, nothing fancy! My fiance, however, loves to slice them and put them on top of waffles, then top it all off with whipped cream and raspberry syrup. There really is no wrong way to enjoy this tasty treat!
BAKED PEACHES RECIPE
Canned whole peach halves or slices, drained
Chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Splash of rum or brandy (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place the peach halves or slices in a pan.
3. If using peach halves, add a bit of solid butter to each pit. For slices, drizzle a little melted butter over each one.
4. Sprinkle cinnamon, brown sugar, and optional chopped walnuts or pecans to taste over the peaches. If desired, add a splash of rum or brandy, but it is not necessary.
5. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately.
-Serve sliced peaches on top of waffles. Add whipped cream and raspberry syrup.
-Place the whole peach half in a dish and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or chop the peaches and serve cold with the ice cream.
-Splash with rum or brandy along with baked apples, pears, and cherries for a hot fruit salad that is perfect for the holidays.
-Serve as a terrific side dish along just about anything, but most especially with chicken or pork loin. Alternatively, serve peach slices on top of cuts of hot meat for a sweet, juicy flavor.