Spiced Poached Peaches

Recipe courtesy Anjum Anand
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 40 min
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 6 ripe peaches
  • 5 cups cold water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 star anise, left whole, plus 2 teaspoons ground star anise
  • 4 thin slices fresh ginger
  • 8 ounces sugar
  • 14 ounces Greek-style yogurt
  • Flaked toasted almonds (blanched and sliced), for garnish
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Directions

This fragrant fruit dessert is served with star anise yogurt.
Score a cross shape in the bottom of each peach. Put the peaches into a large pot of boiling water, for 30 seconds, then transfer the peaches to a large bowl filled with cold water to refresh. Set aside for another 40 to 45 seconds, then drain the peaches, and peel using a sharp knife.

Put the measured cold water, cinnamon, whole star anise, ginger slices, and sugar into a large saucepan, stir well, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture resembles syrup.

Add the peaches to the syrup mixture, and cover them with a disk of greaseproof or parchment paper measuring the same diameter as the pan. Cover the pan with a lid, reduce the heat to a simmer, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the peaches are cooked through (they will be soft when pricked with a knife.) Remove the peaches, and set aside on a warm plate. Continue to boil the syrup until its volume has reduced to about 1 cup. Set aside to cool.

Brush the peaches with a little of the syrup. Stir half of the remaining syrup and the ground star anise into the Greek-style yogurt until well combined, adding more syrup as necessary, to taste.

To serve, cut each of the spiced poached peaches in half and place 2 of the peach halves onto each of the serving plates. Spoon a portion of the star anise yogurt alongside each peach. Drizzle a little syrup over each peach. Sprinkle over the toasted almonds.

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