Simple Sliced Peaches

How do you improve on summer's best fruit, the peach? By slicing ripe peaches to macerate in a little sugar and lemon juice, just enough to draw out their own juices, perfect for serving on their own or with ice cream or Greek yogurt. Oh my, people. There's "simple" ... and then there's "simple and sublime".

Simple Sliced Peaches ♥, just four ingredients.

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Turning Tables to "Silent" Mode.

We're trying something new this summer, building a formula for easy, fuss-free suppers at the kitchen table with just another two people where the wine and the conversation each flow freely.

Once, we ordered the entire meal from a steak restaurant except that my husband cooked the steak and I made "dessert".

Then we settled on a his 'n' hers meal we haven't tired of yet, I'll share the details as soon as they're nailed down more perfectly.

The one course that's completely settled? Dessert!

Sure I could bake a pie or even a cake. It would be wonderful!

Simple Sliced Peaches ♥, just four ingredients.

But for sheer simplicity and oo's and ah's followed by sheer silence?

I'm sticking with ice cream and fruit.

I guess people don't do ice cream and fruit for themselves? Because our guests all seem so surprised! And so pleased!

And for just a moment or two, the table goes silent in appreciation.

Truth be told, it's not even a fancy gourmet ice cream, let alone homemade ice cream. It's usually "plain" vanilla though some times a seasonal fruity ice cream catches my eye.

My creative playground is the fruit: strawberries, sour cherries, mango, blueberries and once, the very gorgeous Peach, Cherry & Blueberry Fruit Sauce.

But really, fruit needs so little help.

Simple Sliced Peaches ♥, just four ingredients.

How to Macerate Peaches

WHAT IS MACERATION? This is a culinary food term that means to soften food, especially fruit, by soaking it in a liquid.

Maceration is the noun form, the act of macerating is the verb form. The "e" is soft so the words are pronounced [MASS-er-ate] and [mass-er-A-shun] and [mass-er-ATE-ing].

For Simple Sliced Peaches, the goal of maceration is to slightly soften the peach slices, evening out the texture, sweetening slightly.

In this recipe, the liquid comes from a little lemon juice but mostly from the peaches' own juices, drawn out by soaking in a little sugar. This really emphasizes the peachiness!

You might use maple syrup instead of brown sugar. You could also turn to a liquor, sherry would be lovely, so would an almond liqueur like Amaretto. Here's a tip, this is great time to either buy or use up those tiny bottles of liquor.

But for simplicity, just combine a little sugar, a little lemon juice, a little salt and a lot of peaches. That's the ticket.

Simple Sliced Peaches ♥, just four ingredients. Here, a bowl of cut-up peaches macerated for two hours.

What's In Simple Sliced Peaches? Ripe Peaches + Pantry Ingredients!

In all my recipes and most well-written recipes, every ingredient serves a purpose. Each one matters. Each one contributes to the overall dish. Usually I'm a big fan of substitutes, in this case, I recommend sticking with the recipe, it just works.

  • Peaches! Just make sure they're really ripe, which may take a little planning and definitely takes time. At least in my world, it's rare if impossible to find really ripe peaches ready straight-off, the exception is the occasional farmers market stand which might have a box of "seconds" in the back which are very ripe and likely bruised. You'll need more than a pound of peaches, to allow for bruising, but they'll be delicious. Do know that not only do peach varieties vary but even peaches from the same trees vary from year to year, some years, well, they're just better. In a good peach year, eat up!

  • A Little Brown Sugar A touch of sugar helps draw out the peach juices during the maceration process. White sugar would work, so would maple syrup but I do so love that little bit of brown sugar's molasses paired with peaches.

  • A Little Lemon Juice Lemon juice serves three purposes. First, it prevents the peaches from turning brown when exposed to air. Second, its acidity contrasts with the peaches' natural sweetness, which, weirdly, makes the peaches taste even sweeter!

  • A Tiny Bit of Salt Use a gentle salt like sea salt or kosher salt, just a touch. Again, salt will make the peaches taste even sweeter. Cool, yes?!

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Simple Sliced Peaches ♥, just four ingredients.


Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time-to-table: 2 hours
Makes about 2-1/2 cups, serves 4 generously
  • 3 - 4 medium-size (about 1 pound or 450g) perfectly ripe peaches, skins on
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Cut the peaches in half lengthwise, cutting around the peach pit inside. Twist the halves to separate, remove any blemishes, then either slice and/or dice the halves.

In a bowl, gently stir the cut-up peaches with the brown sugar, lemon juice and salt. Let the peaches macerate (soak) for about two hours, either on the counter or in the refrigerator.


ICE CREAM TOPPING Top a scoop or two of ice cream with Simple Sliced Peaches and for a pop of color and a burst of flavor, a few blueberries. If you're feelin' fancy, pair a scoop of vanilla with another scoop of peach ice cream made with Rustic Fruit Ice Cream, it's lovely.

GREEK YOGURT PARFAITS Layer Greek yogurt with Simple Sliced Peaches in tall, clear cups or glasses, finishing with a last layer of yogurt and a pretty peach slice.

WHIPPED CREAM Whip a cup of heavy cream with a little almond extract or cinnamon or nutmeg until thick. Top Simple Sliced Peaches with dollops of whipped cream.

TIMING TIP The fruit does need time to macerate, just a couple of hours or slightly longer. But you don't want to slice and macerate them hours and hours before serving, say.

LEFTOVERS That said! Nobody will be sad if there are leftovers, they'll last a couple of days in slightly softer form.

ALANNA's TIPS Be sure the peaches are really ripe, a knife should slip right through the flesh. This may take a little planning, most peaches are sold well under-ripe because they do continue to ripen off the tree and once ripe, they're so tender they're easily bruised and smashed. Allow at least several days, even a week. Putting peaches into a paper bag will speed things along by several days. Look for a stack of bags near the peach bin at the grocery store! Dice and slice! I like to dice most of the peaches but cut a few slices to save so the final servings look all pretty. I love brown sugar's slight tasted of bitter molasses but white sugar works, so would maple syrup, even a little golden syrup.
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NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Serving (assumes 4): 70 Calories; 0g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 36mg Sodium; 18g Carb; 2g Fiber; 16g Sugar; 1g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 1 & PointsPlus 2 & SmartPoints 4 & Freestyle 2 & myWW green 2 & blue 2 & purple 2 & future WW points CALORIE COUNTERS 100-calorie serving = scant cup (2g protein).
I first published this no-recipe recipe as "Brown Sugar Peaches" back in 2006, buried in with the rustic and wonderful Peach Blueberry Cake. Simplicity deserves sunshine!

Lean With Me into Fruity Desserts?!

~ fruity desserts ~
Roasted Peaches ♥, such an easy summer dessert, peaches with brown sugar, cinnamon, basil, sour cream.

Easy-Easy Pear Sauce ♥, simple skillet sauce, just pears, maple syrup and a little ginger.

Peach, Cherry & Blueberry Fruit Sauce or Fruit Soup ♥, a summery combo, unusual and delicious, especially good with chocolate ice cream.

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