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Vanilla-Poached Peaches

Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Fonda Shaia
Yield 4 servings
You can substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for the vanilla bean; just stir it in after the mixture is reduced. Also, nectarines can be substituted for the peaches.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 (3 1/2-inch) piece vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 3 large ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves
  • 4 teaspoons chopped pistachios

Nutrition Information

  • calories 132
  • caloriesfromfat 10 %
  • fat 1.4 g
  • satfat 0.2 g
  • monofat 0.9 g
  • polyfat 2 g
  • protein 1.1 g
  • carbohydrate 31 g
  • fiber 1.5 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.3 mg
  • sodium 4 mg
  • calcium 9 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine the first 3 ingredients in a medium nonaluminum saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add peaches, and simmer 7 minutes or until tender. Remove peaches with a slotted spoon; place in a shallow dish. Bring cooking liquid to a boil, and cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 7 minutes). Discard vanilla bean; pour syrup over peaches. Cool to room temperature.

  2. Combine preserves and 4 teaspoons peach syrup; stir with a whisk. Place 3 peach quarters and 1 1/2 tablespoons peach syrup in each of 4 dishes; top each serving with 2 teaspoons strawberry mixture and 1 teaspoon pistachios.