Summer brings a beautiful abundance of glorious fresh fruit like blackberries, blueberries, and sweet peaches to gardens and markets. If you’re a gardener, you probably have more peaches than you can eat or preserve, and if you are like I am, you might leave the Farmers’ Market with an overflowing basket. Either way, if you find yourself with a fruit bowl brimming with peaches, roasting them provides a base for a variety of homemade, delicious recipes.
While grilling peaches delivers a fabulously sweet and smoky flavor, roasting them simply releases natural succulent juices and gives the sweet summer gems a soft, lush texture. As a lover of cinnamon, iced tea, and goat cheese, I decided to make Roasted Peach Iced Tea, Brown Sugar Cinnamon-Roasted Peaches, and a Roasted Peach and Honey Goat Cheese Toast.
Roasted Peach Iced Tea:
Ingredients:4 PeachesCold brew black or green tea
1. Preheat the oven to 400°.2. While the oven is preheating, halve and pit the peaches; place them cut side down in a baking dish.3. Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops are soft.4. Once the peaches are done, remove the skin and place them in a food processor and pulse on high for 5 minutes, or until the consistency is foamy.5. Last, combine the peach foam and cold brew tea into a large pitcher and chill.
Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Roasted Peaches
2 Peaches1 teaspoon of cinnamon2 teaspoons of brown sugar1 tablespoon of butterI topped one of mine with oats and sliced almonds as well.
Directions:1. Preheat the oven to 400°.2. While the oven is preheating, halve and pit the peaches, then scoop out a hole in each peach. I used a grapefruit spoon, but a regular spoon works just as well.3. Place the peaches in a baking pan, cut side up, and drizzle the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture; add a little melted butter on top.4. Bake for 10 minutes, or until soft.
Roasted Peach and Honey Goat Cheese Toast.
Follow the same directions as the recipe above; just omit the brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter and drizzle a little olive oil on the peaches. While the peaches are roasting, toast a slice of bread (I chose rosemary olive oil bread), and spread with goat cheese. Once the peaches are ready, slice and top off your goat cheese toast and drizzle with a little honey.
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