Every trip to the market includes a stop by the peach bin, where I shamelessly hold a peach up to my nose for a sniff. Daisy watches carefully and takes note. She helps me pick the good ones. If the peach has no fragrance, it’s probably not going to have any taste either. That’s my test.We grab as many as we can carry and make a mad dash for the cash register.
On the way home, we talk about all the things we are going to bake with our newfound bounty. As I pull in to park behind our garage, I snap my seatbelt loose only to earn a lecture from my pint-sized companion about motor vehicle safety practices.
While I fumble with all the bags of groceries, Daisy runs into the house, straight to the kitchen, commanding me to cut a peach into slices for her. There’s nothing better than sweet fresh peaches. Luckily, a few have managed to survive in the fridge and we agreed to work them into something baked. Daisy ran to the garden and picked some of the lemon thyme Daddy has planted for us. I grabbed the mascarpone from the fridge and the gorgeous avocado honey we got in Cambria. Something very special came together without even bothering Mr. Oven. We put my favorite kitchen gadget to work for a raw, decadent dessert, Torched Peaches with Mascarpone and Avocado Honey. And, while our li’l treat certainly sounds posh, there is nothing complicated about making it. There is very little prep-work. You can wash fruit, can’t you? Then, this one’s for you.
Torched Peaches with Mascarpone + Honey
Prep: 10 mins
Torch: 2 mins
4 large peaches
8 Tb mascarpone cheese
2 Tb brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon zest
2 Tb avocado honey
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Wash peaches, halve and remove the pips.
Dab cut side dry with a paper towel.
Use a torch to caramelize the tops.
Combine mascarpone, brown sugar and vanilla.
Spoon into the pip crater of each peach half.
Sprinkle the tops with lemon zest, fresh thyme leaves and a general drizzle of honey.
Our trip to Cambria several months ago sparked the idea for this lovely dessert when I found avocado blossom honey at The Garden Shed, one of my favorite stops. I never even realized that avocado trees had flowers that would drawn the attention of bees.
The flavor of this honey is more mild than typical clover honey and the sweetness more tame, making it a great addition to any dish, really.
With just a short list of ingredients and no cooking or baking required, these seared peaches pair beautifully with cool, creamy mascarpone cheese and sweet honey. Make sure you grab a plumber’s torch from your nearly home improvement store.
Fresh thyme adds just a bit of fragrant spice to the mix, making it a seemingly rich, yet luxuriously light finish to supper. Serve these sweeties with your favorite bubbly and dazzle your guests.
Fall may officially be here, but the mercury just keeps rising, at least for us poor souls in Southern California. For now, we will dream of falling leaves and chilly breezes as we enjoy that last kiss of summer.