Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Vanilla Roasted Peaches with Raspberries

Leave it to Martha Stewart to come through in a pinch.  There I was.  On the verge of a breakdown.  You know, because I didn't feel like taking on the task of mastering homemade gluten-free pie crust in order to conjure up a peach pie.  Peaches.  They just might be my favorite summer fruit.  Or at least my favorite at this very moment.

Anyway. I've gotten back on the wagon of cooking at home since the the Chef went back to work and my favorite neighborhood sushi joint (that was always packed!) closed down.  This has been the summer of extreme change:  me not working much, Chef back to working a lot, Grayce passing away unexpectedly -- doesn't sound like much, but when the day-to-day routine has been altered to even this extent a simple thing like rolling up to the local sushi place and seeing the windows papered over causes a jolt to the system.  A lump in the throat.  Something else I can't go back to.  Gotta keep moving forward.

In the spirit of doing just that I decided to seize the summer day and indulge in a doable peach dessert that wouldn't have me experimenting with flour mixtures by the light of the silvery moon.  I happened upon Martha's peach desserts and hit the jackpot.  This recipe took less than an hour start to finish, and was the perfect follow up to a grilled turkey, bacon, avocado burger.  May summer never end.

Ingredients--*I halved this recipe as reflected in the pictures.

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise and scraped, or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 firm, ripe peaches (1 to 1 1/2 pounds total), halved and pitted
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1 package (5 to 6 ounces) raspberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large, shallow baking dish, combine butter, lemon juice, sugar, and vanilla bean (seeds and pod). Add peaches, and turn to coat with butter mixture; arrange, cut side down, in a single layer.
    I hadn't used vanilla bean prior to today and it was so easy to work with.
    Here is a portion split lengthwise.  
    The recipe requires you to scrape out the inside of the bean, 
    then add scraping + bean to the butter, lemon, sugar mixture that will coat the peaches. 
  2. Roast until peaches are tender and cooking liquid is syrupy, 15 to 25 minutes, brushing with cooking liquid halfway through. Serve peaches (warm or at room temperature) with ice cream and raspberries; drizzle with cooking liquid.
    Not the best lighting because this is how we do it at the bird:  real time.
    It was about 8pm, so light of the dining room table is what we've got here.

    The vanilla and lemon are subtle, yet just the perfect amount to get a hint of their flavor and enrich the taste of the roasted peaches and fresh raspberries.  This dessert would be great to share amongst a couple of people after dinner over coffee or tea.

    Thanks Martha!

    Oh and by the way:  I managed to escape watching The Bachelor Pad.  Victory is mine!

47 comments:

Katie said...

Ok that looks delicious and a turkey, bacon, avocado burger for dinner doesn't sound bad at all either. Now I feel hungry at almost 3am. I'll blame the pain pills. I blame everything on them.

This has been the summer of things just not going right. Not that I'm wishing summer away, but here's to fall (hopefully) being smoother.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

ohh, so glad you're using cooking as as an out and an ally, looks delicious and is such a healthy way to process thoughts. I wish I could bake pies but I would just end up eating all the dough...

Oreleona said...

wow i must try this recipe!! it looks yummy!! thanks for posting!

Dancing Branflake said...

That has got to be the prettiest dessert ever! Wow- and I am impressed you used the beans. Whenever they call for vanilla beans I always say "next!"

Mandy at Life in the Fashion Lane said...

Omg amazingness. I am drooling. On my pillow. It's a good look ;) what sushi place closed down?? I haven't been down there for a week and such a big change???? sad. That and pinkberry! What is the world coming too!

PS. I didn't watch one episode of the Bachelorette. Not one. But guess who watched Bachelor Pad???? Ugh. I may never be the same!

RosaLovesDC said...

Oh love this!!! It looks delicious.

Laura said...

I already tweeted you that I could eat those for breakfast right now.. but seriously. DELISH. I made something like this with grilled bananas and raspberries.. gotta love yummy dishes like these! xoxo

*sorry i have been so out of the loop.. mommyhood does not allow for tons of "me time" :)

Megan said...

finally back to being able to read your blog (thank goodness...i've missed your humor...ok and living vicariously through you and your wonderful wardrobe now that i have no clothes).

im sorry to hear your sushi joint closed :( i feel like moving to norway was a closure of my favorite sushi joint, thai place, and vietnamese place all combined...so i promise i can sympathize!

i hope you're doing well and im excited to be back to following you on your daily adventures. and PS: this food looks amazing!!!!!

AND...bachelor pad is already on? i saw someone write something about it but i thought it was a joke.

the southern hostess said...

That may be the perfect summer dessert. Gorgeous!

Polly said...

mmmm mmmm mmmmmmmmmmm that looks simply too good to be true. I do love a good Vanilla pod too, the smell. Divine.

Kirstin Marie said...

This looks so amazingly delicious. Wow! I definitely have to try this!!

LyddieGal said...

I don't often have too many desserts that don't involve chocolate, but I love hearing you talk about food, you make everything sound so delectable - I want to try it all!

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh that looks quite tasty! :D
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Stephanie Shepherd said...

Carrie this looks delicious! I bet it's the perfect combination of tart and sweet. Hang in there girl! x

Debby said...

This looks so good, Carrie! I will have to most definitely try this. You always have the very best recipes. xo

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I've kind of been having a love affair with peaches lately. A family has been selling them roadside by our house fresh from their farm and they are amazing.

Lisa Griffin said...

This sounds yummmmy, and even when we fight it with everything sometimes unexpected changes can be the best thing for us!
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Daisy said...

i'd trade these peaches for bachelor pad anyday.

Fashion Meets Food said...

Oh my word! This looks absolutely amazing. Peaches are just starting to get in season here so looks like I know what I will be making with them!

xo

Isabel said...

ooh this sounds yummy!

christina said...

Okay, that's it. I'm having this for lunch!!

Cara said...

MMMMM!!!
PS. Meee too!

Courtney Erin said...

Definitely a good turkey burger followup...

xoxo ~ Courtney
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Josie said...

Carrie. This is spooky. Last night, I was looking through my recipes and literally said "I need something with peaches and raspberries... But I don't want to make a crumble..."

Making these this week. No doubt. As if I needed another reason to adore you, my dear.
xo Josie
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Lindsay With An "A" said...

MY GOSH! This looks incredible!!! (And perfectly summery) I have emailed this recipe to myself, in hopes to make it for my fam this weekend. And I agree... may summer never end :)

jen said...

You can do this with pitted bing cherries as well and it will be yummy!

Mo Pie, Please said...

Not only does this sound absolutely delicious but it LOOKS so pretty, too! Hooray!

Lily said...

Looks so delicious !! And love the gorgeous colors !

xxLily
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Rachel said...

This looks delicious, and I don't even like Martha Stewart. Vanilla and warm peaches with some cold ice cream on top.... yes please :)

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xo

Carly said...

Looks delicious! YUM. I started taping the Bachelor Pad on my PVR and then I realized it was THREE HOURS LONG. Seriously??! Needless to say, the recording was ended and I spent those three hours doing something other than watch Vienna indubitably whine about Jake.

Caitlin C. said...

This looks soo so delicious! Peaches are my favorite.

Leah said...

This looks so freakin good! Nice work, if I knew how to cook what so ever I would attempt this. For now I'll just stare at it.

xo L.

Bonnie said...

I hate you.
And by hate, I mean love.
BUT this looks infinitely more appetizing than my stupid-ass turkey sandwich.
Eff my life.

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Liz said...

that looks AMAZING!!! I am so excited that you cook gluten free!!! I can't wait to look around a little more. I found your blog through a comment on "little red purse" (and found her through "my edit") and can't wait to look around more!
-Liz

sherri lynn said...

This looks so good! I love peaches and raspberries together.

la petite coquine said...

This looks MAGICAL. Far more magical than Bachelor Pad, although John calls it F*ck Mountain and I almost feel like I'm at Disneyland. With lots of crying and booze, and maybe the occasional nipple.

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Why don't we live closer?! I could use a bowl (or 5) of that right now! Yummmmm. xo N

hip hip gin gin said...

Looks delicious! Might have to try it with my surplus of apricots. I got a bit carried away at Whole Foods, fridge is bursting at the seams with fruit.

just a girl said...

This looks ddeeeeeliciouuuusss! And, I just bought peaches at my farmer's market today. Score for me!

drollgirl said...

er, when are you throwing a dinner and peach dessert party for me? soon? SOON, i hope!

Rose said...

This looks divine! I bookmarked the recipe and intend to make it sometime soon! Thanks!

Olivia.Dee said...

if i didnt have this stupid paper to write... I'd be all about making this tonight!
so... maybe tomorrow?

my go-to snack has always been peaches and cottage cheese. this little dessert takes it to a whole different level! yuuuummmmmmm.

Annie said...

must try this dessert asap!! xo

Caroline said...

YES PLEASE!!!!!

Noe @ ADELLA AVENUE said...

I've been cruising the interweb for new summer recipes and this just shot to the top of my list. Thanks for the step by step and mouth-watering visuals, too!

She Wore It Well said...

dear me! i just died and went to heaven. throw in a bit of muesli underneath and it's heaven!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Even though it's 1:30 A.M. I have to take a trip to the refrigerator after seeing this. I may not have peaches on hand, but I need ice cream or something to satisfy my sweet tooth. Peaches are my favorite! I wish they were around all year, but then they wouldn't be special I suppose.

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