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Verses from my Kitchen: Roasted Stuffed Peaches with Rum and Crushed Amaretti

January 29, 2011

Roasted Stuffed Peaches with Rum and Crushed Amaretti

Patience is not one of my strong points. It's taken me years to demonstrate even the first signs of restraint. As a kid I never mastered the art of waiting, and I couldn't contain myself until Christmas day to open my presents. I still remember sneaking upstairs when I was 10 and finding a hockey sweater I was dying to get. Christmas day rolled around and my acting chops rivalled David Caruso on CSI. I straight up overacted! I was caught. Lesson not learned.

Today I have a hard time holding on to a recipe I've tweaked, adapted or come up with. It's hard enough scheduling a post to go live in a few days and waiting. So the chances of of me holding out and making this dessert in the summer are all but washed away. I don't have it in me. I'm a mental midget.

There's no debate that peaches are ripe in the summer. And yes, i'll make this again then. But I can't hold off that long to test it out and write about it. I needed to do it right away. Sure the peaches are local and in season during the warmer summer months, and I generally prefer cooking that way, but sometimes temptation is too strong to withstand.

Consider this taking one for the team. I'm good like that.
A soft and juicy peach with a sweet and savoury mixture.

The best part about this recipe is using up the peaches that aren't perfectly ripe. Maybe they're superficially a notch below the few in your basket that are meant for grabbing and eating. Even with fruit, the pretty ones get picked first. Sad. For the ones that usually get left until the end, I give you this. My glipse into what the summer holds, Roasted Peaches with Rum and Crushed Ameretti. My one-way ticket to the warmer days that lie ahead.

From my kitchen to yours, happy eating!

Roasted Stuffed Peaches with Rum and Crushed Amaretti

The Goods:
  • 2 peaches, ripe but firm
  • 1/2 cup amaretti cookies, crushed
  • 1 tbsp. dark rum
  • 1 tbsp. Kahlua
  • 1 tbsp. cocao powder
  • 1 tbsp. grated dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup coconut rum
  • 1 tbsp. butter, melted
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice the peaches in half, vertically. Remove the pits and scoop out the hard flesh. Scoop out a bit of the soft flesh as well to create a pocket. Reserve the soft flesh.
  3. Crush the amaretti cookies in a bag with a rolling pin and add to a small bowl. Add the rum, liqueur, cocoa, chocolate, sugar and salt and mash up with a fork. Mix until combined.
  4. Fill the peach pockets with the mixture and place in a shallow baking pan. Pour the coconut rum around the peaches and place the cinnamon stick over top.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the peaches are soft and the mixture is slightly crispy.
  6. Serve with some melted butter over top and some shaved chocolate around the plate.
  7. Serves 2.

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At January 29, 2011 at 11:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will have to remeber this recipe for this summer's upcoming peach season. We love Kahlua in our desserts. Thanks.

At January 29, 2011 at 1:57 PM , Blogger Mateja ^_^ said...

I had roasted stuffed peaches just once, but they were stuffed with oatmeal and walnuts crumble. I love the idea of Amaretti stuffing better though! Happy eating indeed ^_^

At January 29, 2011 at 3:41 PM , Blogger something_good said...

Patience in the kitchen is a virtue only after one starts cooking. It's that lack of patience that pushes us to try and innovate new tastes and textures, new colors and spices. Great post and lovely recipe.

At January 29, 2011 at 4:11 PM , Blogger Eliotseats said...

Don't be so hard on yourself! This recipe looks wonderful and thanks for sharing it.

At January 29, 2011 at 4:41 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

You can always look back here to remember. Who doesn't love kahlua in desserts? Thank you!

Mateja, give it a shot. Let me know. It's great with amaretti!

Very true. I did learn the more I cooked. Thanks so much!

ES, I'm not that hard on myself. Thanks though. And thanks for checking it out!

At January 29, 2011 at 11:29 PM , Blogger Kim Kelly said...

I absolute love this one!! You are making me crave summer. My dad has a giant peach tree, but we won't have peaches till August. I'm saving this one till then!!

At January 30, 2011 at 4:47 AM , Blogger sarah said...

Beautiful. I imagine you could make it with any hard cookie as well. Thanks for the inspiration.

At January 30, 2011 at 8:40 AM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thank you Kim!! I'm craving summer too, and luckily it'll be here before we know it and can enjoy it. I wish I had access to a peach tree, but at least the market is down the street. I hope you like it when August rolls around. :)

Sarah, thanks so much! I don't see why not. Grab you favourite hard cookie flavour and roll with it. The other ingredients will soften it up nicely. I hope you enjoy it!

At January 30, 2011 at 10:42 AM , Blogger Jill Colonna said...

I love roast peaches but dying to try with the kahlua for a change. Oh, this is making me think of heat and summer. Roll on peaches!

At January 30, 2011 at 1:32 PM , Blogger The Cilantropist said...

Oh wow this recipe looks decadent and sweet; and oh man I am totally with you on lacking patience, but if it means you treat yourself to these peaches now without waiting I totally support that idea. :)

At January 30, 2011 at 2:04 PM , Blogger Christina said...

Wow! I never would have thought to stuff a peach! What a great recipe!

At January 30, 2011 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Jill, the kahlua is a nice twist and works well. Roll on, indeed!

The Cilantropist, thank you! They were definitely decadent, which is just another thing tempting me to eat now, not later.

Thank you Christina! I appreciate that!

At January 31, 2011 at 5:46 AM , Blogger Peggy said...

Oh my! Warm peaches are one of my favorite things (I'm constantly grilling them during the summer!) and this sounds absolutely fantastic! I don't think I'll be able to hold out either!


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