Hi! I’m popping in today to share a recent favorite way to enjoy peaches– cooked in a skillet with just a splash of water and some cinnamon. The fresh peach slices get caramelized and end up even juicier than before. Then, you can serve the warm cinnamon skillet peaches with a little bit of fresh whipped cream or coconut cream, or use them as a topping for vanilla ice cream.
The “technique” is so simple that I don’t know if I can even call this a recipe. But, it is a healthier way to satisfy that after-dinner sweet tooth when you’re in the mood for something fruity and healthy. I do something similar with apples in the fall and winter.When it comes to desserts, I’m usually much more of a chocolate girl. I’ve never once called a chocolate mousse or cake or soufflé too rich, and the darker the chocolate, the better. But I think it’s a lot harder to make delicious, truly healthy chocolate desserts, so if I am trying to make a healthy option, I’ll make something with fruit instead. Still good, and maybe less likely to make your teeth hurt, although I think there’s a time and place for truly decadent desserts, too.
These skillet peaches taste a lot like peach cobbler or peach pie filling and are perfectly sweet even with no added sweeteners. There’s no crumbly topping involved, but if you wanted, you could substitute peaches in this healthy mixed berry crisp recipe and I bet it’d be delicious.
I was afraid I might be a little too late in the summer to post this peach recipe, but I read a New York Times article a few days ago (“When is Peach Season? It’s a Bit Fuzzy“– I had to include the cute title) in which one food writer recommended waiting to eat peaches until after the 4th of July. Starting then, she says, you have about 6 weeks of good peach-eating ahead of you.
That means we have at least 3 more weeks of delicious peach-eating in front of us, until mid-August or so. Thank goodness, because I’ve only eaten a few so far this summer, and I have a lot of catching up to do. How sad would it to have missed peach season all together? So, don’t let peach season pass you by– make your favorite cobbler or skillet peaches, or enjoy some fresh, whole peaches before it’s too late!
*Update 9/21/17 I’ve started buying my cinnamon in bulk because you can get an entire POUND of high-quality organic cinnamon for under $10!
If you try out the recipe, feel free to let me know in a comment or take a picture and tag me @livbane on Instagram. Hope you enjoy!
Easy Caramelized Skillet Peaches
- 6 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- For serving: fresh whipped cream, coconut cream, or vanilla ice cream
- Heat medium skillet to medium low heat and add peaches, water, and cinnamon. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-6 minutes or until peaches have begun to soften. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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So tell me…
Have you had any extra delicious peaches this summer?
What’s your favorite summer fruit? What do you like to bake with it?