The fruits of Summer are by far my favorite. As a child, I eagerly waited for Summer to roll around every year so that I could enjoy the luscious stone fruits--peaches, plums, nectarines, and more--that are abundant during this season. Whether it was a local farmer's market, a neighbor's back yard or, on occasion, a wild tree on the side of the road, I was never far from those simple delicacies. And my grandmother's cobblers, crisps, pies and ice cream (she made the best peach ice cream!) were the perfect showcases of all the excess bounty. My love for these fruits has never diminished.
One of the beauties of fruit is that it's natural sweetness releases perfectly when added to heat. And grilled fruit is especially delectable--pairing the smoky char of the grill with the enhanced sweetness of the fruit. But to make my favorite grilled peaches even more special, I like to add more texture and flavor via creamy and slightly tangy creme fraiche and crunchy, almond flavored amaretti cookies. The result is the most splendid grilled peaches, perfect for a simple, delicious--and elegant--dessert course. And perfect for Summer.
Grilled Peaches with Creme Fraiche and Amaretti Cookies
Peaches, halved with the seed removed
Coat a grill pan with non-stick cooking spray and preheat under medium-high heat.
Add peaches to grill pan, flesh side down, and grill until a nice char appears (about 4-5 minutes).
Remove peaches from grill, top with a dollop of creme fraiche and finish with crumbles of amaretti cookies. Enjoy!