Poached peach in honey sauce22

Posted on February 14, 2009 by ChristieGluten Free, Sweet Treats, Vegetarian

[Poached peach in honey sauce with passionfruit mascarpone]

I’m not keen on Valentine’s Day at all. The commercialism and romantic pressure of it. I don’t exchange gifts, flowers or cards with my husband. I do, however, cook him a lovely dinner – but that’s what happens everyday!

I don’t often make dessert either but I day-dreamed about this combination and then my Dad brought over some perfectly ripe homegrown peaches the very next day. A coincidence? I think not.

Peaches are such romantic fruits and serving the mascarpone cream inside the passionfruit shell is just so pretty – pink polka dot napkins optional!

Oh, and serving vessels with a spout like the one above are perfect for drinking down the remaining sauce, but maybe not on a Valentine’s date…

Happy cooking! Christie x

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Poached peach in honey sauce with passionfruit mascarpone
serves 2, easily doubled

For the peaches: cut a shallow cross in the bottom of two peaches and add to a bowl. Pour over boiling water (from the kettle), drain and slip the skins off. Place the peaches in a small saucepan next to each other and add enough water to cover. Bring to the boil then lower the heat and gently poach until tender, about 15 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon into a bowl – keep the water!

For the sauce: add one tablespoon of runny honey and a squeeze of lime to the remaining peach water. Boil hard for 5 minutes until thickened and reduced slightly then pour over the peaches and refrigerate until completely cold.

For the mascarpone: whisk together a quarter cup of mascarpone, a drizzle of pouring cream and the pulp of one passionfruit until well combined. Spoon into passionfruit halves and refrigerate until ready to serve (see picture above).

GOT A SWEET TOOTH? Maybe you’ll like one of these instead:

Blood orange w/ ricotta, brazil nuts and honey
Pomegranate granita w/ lychee and gin
Tropical fruit skewers w/ Vegemite Caramel

  • wow homegrown peaches? they sound divine!

    i love the little serving dish too. the drink-from-the-spout idea is perfect :)

  • umm peaches…made better with honey! It’s my little piece of summer (despite the weather!). Welcome back Christie :)

  • Wow, home grown peaches! This dessert looks so easy & delicious!!

  • Wow how simply put and so beautiful.

  • i totally agree…i dislike how commercial valentine’s day is and rather it be something like thanskgiving. a simple but luxurious, carefully executed dinner is something more special and meaningful.
    anyway, this is a lovely vday dessert. so simple and classic :) perfection! x

  • Y

    Homegrown peaches? Lucky you! I don’t ‘celebrate’ Valentine’s Day either.

  • So deliciously easy Christie…enjoy the evening!

  • Have a lovely Valentine’s day! Your husband is very lucky, mine would say. In my home, he does all the cooking, and I get at least one delicious meal a day…

  • Mm homegrown peaches. Lucky!

  • That looks absolutely gorgeous. Talk about simple elegance.

  • coincidence i think not indeed :) this looks fantastic.

    i’m going to be so sad at the end of the stone fruit season…

  • I love passionfruit. It’s a really cute idea serving it in the shells.

  • What a beautiful treat!

  • Totally agree with your view on V’Day; i love the simplicity of this dessert, yum!

  • Ha ha! I”m right there with you about valentine’s day, especially your comment about getting a tasty meal every day! And what a lucky man he is!! I love the idea of serving the passionfruit in the shells – I might just have to borrow it next time I have some. Lovely dessert, my dear, just perfectly lovely!

  • Gorgeous dessert and made so much better with home grown peaches! Hope you had a great Valentines Day :)

  • @Helen – I knew I could rely on you to go with me on the drinking vessel! Nice one!
    @Karen – Peaches are so Summery aren’t they? Divine.
    @Sophie – It is easy! And delicious! Thank you.
    @Noble Pig – Thanks, KISS is the way to go.
    @Diva – Glad someone else agrees on my V Day philosophy :)
    @Y – I feel lucky! My Dad’s client grew them for him.
    @Peter G – Thanks, hope you had a good one too!
    @Helen YLP – Ooh, lucky you have a wonderful hubby!
    @Jude – Yay for homegrown peaches!
    @Leela – Thanks for the elegance compliment, that’s made my day.
    @Shez – Me too! Just ate a white nectarine, I’m going to miss stonefruit so much in Winter.
    @Arwen – Thanks, I felt very ‘Donna Hay’ with my presentation, hehe.
    @Katie – Thank you!
    @Jen – Good to hear. Sometimes simple fruit desserts are the perfect sweet ending.
    @Michelle – I bet you get some delicious passionfruit in Hawaii!
    @Lorraine – Thank you, hope you did too ;)

  • I love peaches. I bet these taste great! We get our honey from a local honeybee farm – I bet this would be a great way to use it!

  • This sounds simple and delicious. I LOVE that plate!

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