From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
Sweet ‘n Tart Baked Peaches with Cream Cheese Centers
Okay Peach Lovers, how about we mix things up here a little! These Baked Peaches are prepared using a lemon marinade which cuts the sweetness of the peaches and leaves a perfect marriage between fruit and cheese centers, here, the goat cheese tartness really coming into play.
These simple peaches taste sophisticated, reminding me of a cheese and fruit plate at the end of a French Meal…In fact, read on and you will see that we have chilled some of these same peaches, sliced thin and included in our dessert and wine cheese plates (who knew?)
The BAKED PEACHES plated as the dessert course on their own are best served warm, include a scoop of real vanilla bean ice cream and you’ve got the perfect Ying of sweetness to the Yang of tartness with the warm cheese filled peaches.
It’s a summers keeper – but this baked peach version will be prepared all year long to compliment the best cheese plates! Enjoy!
SERVES: 3 as Dessert or 6 Servings in Cheese Plates
LEVEL: Intermediate-you got this!
3 Firm but ripe peaches/ halved, stones removed, peeled
½ Lemon Juiced
2 Tbsp Cream Cheese
2 Tbsp Goat Cheese
½ tsp Pummull Spice
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
Best Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar Reduction (your favorite)
Salt n Pepper to taste
*Optional Aioli of Mayo ¼ cup/1 tsp Maple Syrup/1/4 tsp Pummull Spice (Cinn)
Prepare peaches as above and use a small scoop to enlarge the center bowls of peaches. Coat all peaches in a bowl with the lemon juice. In a small bowl combine cream cheese, goat cheese, egg, Pummull Seasoning, 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup. Beat with a whisk until completely smooth and incorporated.
Place Peach halves in a parchment lined baking dish, fill centers of peaches with cheese mixture and finish with the additional maple syrup drizzled over the top. If desired sprinkle with additional Pummull Spice.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes until just golden. Let set to warm for Dessert Service.
Serve 2 Halves with scoop of ice cream or chill halves to use in cheese plates. ENJOY!
*GARNISH with additional maple syrup on serving as dessert if you would like a little extra sweetness!