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There was a time when I would have insisted that the best -- if not the only -- way to serve a ripe peach is on its own, sans accountrements. Now, however, I'm not so sure.
Last week, we received a contest entry for a delicious peach cake (now a finalist), and in the headnote for the recipe, the author, Savour, recalled how her mother often served her cut-up peaches with milk, sugar and nutmeg for breakfast as a child. This past Saturday, back from the greenmarket with six perfectly ripe peaches, I remembered her description and felt inspired.
Yearning for a bit of tang, I opted for a dollop of crème fraîche in place of the milk. I used brown sugar instead of white and snuck some cinnamon in alongside the nutmeg. Once all of the ingredients were folded together, I found myself cradling a bowl of pure, peachy bliss: the slices of fruit were enveloped in a "sauce" that was creamy, sweet and tart all at once -- and lightly scented with the spices. I've enjoyed this dish for breakfast every morning since, and I can't imagine I'll tire of it before peaches are gone for the year.
Peaches with Crème Fraîche, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon and Nutmeg
- 1 large or 2 small ripe peaches, sliced
- 1 tablespoon crème fraîche
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- dash ground cinnamon
- dash freshly ground nutmeg
2. Gently fold everything together until the peaches are evenly coated.
3. Devour, sharing only if absolutely necessary.