“But the peach … ah, yes … the peach was a soft, stealthy traveller, making no noise at all as it floated along. And several times during that long silent night ride high up over the middle of the ocean in the moonlight, James and his friends saw things that no one had ever seen before.”-Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach
The Farmer’s Markets are in full bloom this summer with stone fruits. The perfect peach is within reach my friends! Ripe and juicy with sweet aromas of lazy childhood afternoons. Peaches have a way of transforming your day- for what else matters when you are biting into such a gem of nature?
I decided to pair two of my favorite summer refreshments for this recipe- peaches and rosé. And the marvel of this dish is that poaching turns every peach into perfection!
Poached White Peaches & Apricots in Rosé Wine
3 white peaches *don’t worry about ripeness of fruit as poaching magically tenderizes
2 cups rosé wine
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
peel from one meyer lemon, mine made 6 strips
1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
6 star anise
a pinch sea salt
fresh whipped cream
Begin by bringing wine, water, sugar, salt, anise, lemon zest, and peppercorns to a boil in a large pot, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add halved peaches & apricots; cover with cheesecloth or parchment to keep submerged. Reduce heat; simmer, turning fruit once, until tender and skins are loose, 6 to 8 minutes.
Remove from heat. Let cool, covered with cheesecloth to keep moist, for 30 minutes. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Remove fruit, and slip off skins; discard. Strain poaching liquid; discard solids. Serve peaches & apricots in liquid, with chiffonade of fresh mint and a generous dollop of fresh whipped cream.
Summer in a bowl! This poaching liquid is liquid gold- refined and infused with flavor. The perfect light dessert for a hot summer night. Adapt this recipe how ever your heart, garden or pantry desires- substitute vanilla bean for the anise, lemon verbena for the mint, sparkling wine for the rosé, raspberries for the apricots- the variations are endless.
“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams