Baked Peaches in Orange Blossom Syrup

by Trudy ~ Veggie num num on December 10, 2010

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Baked Peaches in Orange Blossom Syrup

The variety of fruits available at the moment here in Brisbane is truly wonderful; mangoes, grapes, berries, cherries and beautiful plums, nectarines and peaches. The luscious smell of stone fruit always reminds me of the holidays and Christmas time and this simple fruit dessert recipe is a perfect way to enjoy their sweet flavour.

Orange blossom water should be readily available from your local ethnic store or good green grocer and adds a really special flavour to the juicy baked fruit. I used beautiful white skinned peaches here but try using a combination of your favourite in season fruits. For a winter dessert try pears or even apples. If using apples bake the dessert for a little longer to ensure they are soft and deliciously cooked through.

This simple dessert recipe can be served hot from the oven or allow to cool and refrigerate for a cold summertime dessert. Serve either with dairy or non-dairy ice -cream, cream or yoghurt for a perfectly quick and simple dessert great for entertaining and a perfect end to your Christmas lunch or holiday celebration.

Preparation time: 50mins
Serves 4-6

  • 6 peaches
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs orange blossom water
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean, split

Preheat the oven to 180°C/210°F

Add the sugar, orange blossom water, water and vanilla bean to a medium sized heavy based saucepan. Stir to dissolve the sugar over a medium heat, bring to the boil and allow to bubble gently for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile halve the peaches and remove the stones. Arrange in a baking dish cut side up.

Once the syrup is ready pour over the peaches and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes until peaches are lightly golden and syrup bubbling. {If desired you can finish off the peaches under the grill for a few minutes until nicely golden}.

Serve hot from the oven or allow to cool before refrigerating to serve as a cold dessert. Great with dairy or non-dairy ice-cream, cream or yoghurt.

Baked Peaches in Orange Blossom Syrup

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Jennifer (Delicieux) December 13, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I adore baked peaches so this is right up my alley! It looks so delicious Trudy. I love the addition of orange blossom, I will have to try this sometime when I cook with peaches or nectarines.

foodies at home December 13, 2010 at 6:14 pm

This dessert looks so delish! I usually do a similar dish with apples, we don’t have peaches in season right now so I will have to stash this baby away for summertime! Thanks!

Jun December 15, 2010 at 6:18 am

That is such a beautiful dish! You are a great food photographer!

Melody Fury December 15, 2010 at 8:24 am

This recipe is perfect for my holiday contest to win a Foodista cookbook! It’s not too late to enter. Share your delicious holiday cheer with more food-lovers! Would love for you to win :)

Trudy (veggie num num) December 16, 2010 at 11:07 am

Hi Jennifer, the orange blossom really adds an extra fragrant and sweet deliciousness to the awesomeness of baked peaches :)

Foodies at home, thanks for your comment :) I really think this recipe would work just as well with apples, providing you adjust the cooking time a little, I plan on giving it a go come winter… boy that seems a long way off on this hot summer morning :)

Thanks so much Jun :) I had fun taking these shots!!

Thanks Melody for your comment I will check it out!

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