Peaches with Cardamom Streusel & Honey-Vanilla Cream

By aliyaleekong
August 4, 2010
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Author Notes: I headed up to Ellsworth Hill Orchard in Litchfield, Connecticut this last week to do some summer fruit picking and came across these beautiful, juicy Flaming Fury peaches. I got completely carried away out in the orchard and was a bit obsessed with finding the perfect peach (to my husband’s dismay in the insanely sweaty heat). All I could think about was pairing sweet peaches with cardamom for a super easy summer dessert. Baking the peaches really brings out the sweetness, and cardamom, in place of traditional cinnamon, creates a delicious, crunchy streusel to layer on top. It does not get any easier than mixing a few ingredients in a bowl, spooning the crumbly mixture on top of halved peaches, and throwing it all in the oven. I serve this dish with whipped honey-vanilla cream, which balances out the residual tartness in the peaches. A lovely way to indulge in summer’s fruit. Enjoy!

Serves: 4 to 6

Baked Peaches & Cardamom Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature (but not completely soft) and cut into pieces
  • 4 peaches

Honey-Vanilla Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ½ vanilla bean, scraped OR 1 ½ tsps of vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. In a bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour, cardamom and salt. Cut in butter using your fingers or a pastry scraper until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Halve peaches on the vertical, remove pits, and scrape off any rough bits. I do this at the last second, so that the peaches don’t turn brown. Also, I leave the skin on as a preference – you can remove the skin if you like.
  4. Arrange peaches in a buttered baking dish. Top with streusel topping and bake for 25 minutes. Remove and let cool briefly.
  5. Whip the heavy cream by hand or by using a hand or stand mixture. Before it is fully whipped, add in the vanilla and honey, so that it becomes evenly distributed (but not over whipped!).
  6. Serve peaches warm with a side of the honey-vanilla cream.

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