Welcome to Peaches and Syrup! Yay! I thought it would be appropriate for my first recipe/post to feature the title ingredients of my blog. Peaches and syrup not only sound pretty together, but they’re symbolic of my new home in the south and my northern roots. Georgia peaches are in peak season right now, so this simple dessert is the perfect way to showcase them!
There’s nothing better than Vermont maple syrup – it can be pricey, but it’s SO worth it. Just ask my boyfriend about the time I bought a 64 oz. jug of maple syrup at the farmer’s market because I thought it was $7.99. I thought I had discovered the greatest maple syrup deal of all time and I didn’t understand why people weren’t clamoring to wipe the shelves clean. Apparently it was mislabeled and I was too embarrassed to say anything when we were checking out, so we left with a $40 bottle of maple syrup (remnants of said jug pictured above).
This dish is the perfect summer dessert! Warm, sweet peaches. Aromatic thyme. Creamy vanilla ice cream. Rosemary and honey would work really well here, too.
Make this for someone you love immediately! Or for yourself. Don’t feed this to your dog.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon chopped, fresh thyme leaves
- 4 large, ripe peaches, halved and pitted
- 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, combine melted butter, vanilla bean seeds, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, lemon zest and thyme leaves. Set aside.
- Place peach halves, cut side down in a glass baking dish. Pour maple syrup mixture over peaches. Bake in preheated oven until soft to the touch, about 10-20 minutes. Very ripe peaches will cook faster so check after 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool baking dish on a wire rack.
- Serve peaches warm or at room temperature. Place a peach, cut side up in a serving dish. Drizzle with a bit of the maple syrup mixture from the baking dish. Dollop ice cream in the divot of the peach and sprinkle with a few fresh thyme leaves, if desired.