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Dazzle Your Dinner Guests With Earl Grey Poached Peaches

July 16, 2015

Stone fruit season is upon us, and orchards everywhere are bursting with juicy, sweet peaches. Poaching them in honey and flavorful Earl Grey tea gives them a velvety texture and sophisticated flavor.

Earl Grey-Poached Peaches

Yield: 10 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

4 bags earl grey tea
2 sprigs rosemary
Peel of 1 orange
1 vanilla bean
1 cup honey
10 peaches
Creme fraiche and pistachios, for garnish (optional)

Poached peaches

Bring 2 quarts of water to boil over medium-high heat in a large pot. Add in the tea bags, rosemary, orange, and vanilla bean. Cover and let infuse for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and bring again to a boil, stir in honey, place in peaches, and boil, stirring occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes.

Poached peaches

Remove peaches and let cool slightly. Meanwhile, remove all solids from the poaching liquid, and simmer liquid until it reduces by at least half, about 20 minutes.

Poached peaches

When peaches are cool to the touch and easy to handle, gentle slip the skins off and discard.

To serve, place a skinned poached peach in a bowl and ladle reduced liquid over peach. Serve with creme fraiche and pistachios, if desired.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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Merce Muse

Thrive Market Food Editor

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