Two amazing seasons are upon us: grilling and peaches. You’ve seen them start turning up at the store and for the first time in many month they are starting to have the aroma of ripe sweetness. It won’t be until July & August that we truly see the bounty of the season, but I wanted to post ahead of time. So file this beautiful recipe away for the coming peach season!
The peaches soften even more in the oven and the bourbon and brown sugar only amplify the peach flavor. The sweet little gems are balanced out by the acidity and tang of the greek yogurt. This yogurt by itself is a special treat that would be great with a variety of granola and fruit, but this combo oozes charm and Southern hospitality, all while remaining a healthy treat.
BOURBON-GLAZED PEACHES WITH YOGURT
- 1 (2-inch) piece vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 1 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
- 5 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, divided
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
- 3 tablespoons bourbon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 firm, ripe peaches, halved and pitted
1. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into a medium bowl. Combine seeds, bean, yogurt, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, and a dash of salt. Let stand for 1 hour; discard bean.
2. Preheat oven to 350°.
3. Combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar, remaining dash of salt, bourbon, and vanilla extract in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add peaches; toss gently. Arrange peaches, cut side down, on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Reserve sugar mixture. Bake peaches at 350° for 10 minutes. Turn peach halves over; drizzle cavities with reserved sugar mixture. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until just tender. Serve with yogurt and juices.
The beautiful peaches, the tangy enhanced yogurt, and the sauce created from the bourbon, brown sugar and peach juice – it is all a heavenly mouthful! Got leftovers? Blend them up into a Southern Peach Lassi like no other – just sayin’!!
Another great dish from Cooking Light | A New Way to Cook Light. Really enjoying trying new things and documenting each event on the pages! Here’s to one of Summer’s greatest bounties.
Ain’t Life a Peach,