Brûléed Peaches with Vanilla Cream

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I just got my first batch of peaches for the summer. Juicy and sweet, peaches are one of my favorite summer fruits. Before I make a pie or cobbler, I wanted to do something simple with them, but not just eat as is — boring!
That’s where this recipe comes in. Super easy, but also an impressive way to upgrade your peaches — this also works on apricots. Especially if you use homemade whipped cream.
I used two things to make this recipe fast and easy. First, a small kitchen torch. This is typically used for creme brûlée to burn the sugar on top of the custard, and what gives it that crunchy, crackly crust. Next, to make my whipped cream, I used a handheld milk frother. It’s super easy to whip up a small amount of cream without getting a mixer out, or using a whisk.
If you don’t have either of these things, you can still make this! For the peaches, you can broil them in your oven for similar results. For the whipped cream, just whisk the ingredients until thickened. Or you can just use store bought whipped cream. Either way, you end up with an impressive summer dessert that isn’t overloaded with fat and sugar, but is still a little bit special.
Brûléed Peaches with Vanilla Cream
 
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Sweet summer peaches get an upgrade with a crunchy brûléed top and quick whipped vanilla cream. Perfect for an easy weeknight dessert.
Ingredients
  • 2 peaches, halved, pit removed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar — I used coarse, raw sugar, but any will do
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle the sugar on the peach halves. Using a torch, slowly run it over the top of the peaches until the top is browned and crackly. If broiling, put under a broiler until browned, keeping an eye on them the entire time.
  2. To make the cream, put the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl and whisk by hand or use a milk frother until thickened.
  3. Spoon the cream over the peaches and garnish with mint leaves if using.

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