Saturday, July 3, 2010

Quick Easy Dessert Grilled Peaches

So the burgers, chicken, and dogs are all done. But the grill is still hot and you need an easy dessert.

Here's a cheating one I made tonight using a store bought Angel food cake.

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 ea peaches, pitted and cut into sixths
4 slices angel food cake

Make a simple syrup by mixing the sugar and water together in a small sauce pan. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved and mixture begins to simmer. Remove from heat.

Toss the sliced peaches with 2-3 Tbsp of the simple syrup.

Then place on a preheated 350f grill. Cook for 1 minute and then flip.


Cook for another minute and remove to a bowl. Toss with the remaining simple syrup and allow to rest.

Place the slices of angel food cake on the hot grill grate and cook just long enough to get sear marks. This took about 15 seconds a side for us. (NOTE: Make sure your grill is very clean before doing this. You don't want "greasy grate marks" on your cake. You want to see bare hot metal searing the sugars in the cake.)

Serve the cake topped with the peach and syrup mixture.

The grilling brings out the best of the natural sugars in the peaches. Resting the grilled peaches in the simple syrup create a peach nectar that drips with flavor.

Ever notice that I don't do a lot of desserts on here? That's because I don't care for them and rarely eat them. I don't like peaches either. But guess what. I LIKED THIS!

16 comments:

  1. Oh my, this sounds perfect. I'm not much of a dessert gal either, but I LOVE grilled fruit. Okay, so far I've only tried pineapple, but it's amazing what the heat does to the sugar of pineapple. I plan on trying this.

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  2. I can't really understand how you don't like desserts. You must just not be eating the right ones.

    Grilled peaches are ubiquitously loved, however. And for good reason. They are absolutely delicious.

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  3. LOL! I'm not a huge peach fan either but these look delicious! I've seen several recipes for grilling them lately and this sounds the best. I've never eaten them and must try this as soon as some good fresh peaches are at the farmer's market.

    It looks like you left the skin on the peaches and I'm wondering what that is like after grilling.

    Good job! I will try this!

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  4. @Pam - Yes, I debated over leaving the skins on but thought without them, the peach may fall apart on the grill. It worked perfectly, the skins were fork tender and if your eyes were closed you couldn't tell they were on there when eating them.

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  5. Chris- make grilled peach and goat cheese quesadillas, they are freakin good, and you can use something spicy that is balanced by the sweetness of them! One of my most popular things at the cafe years ago!

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  6. Nice looking dessert Chris - I like grilled fruit, but admit grilled cake is a first. Our local peach orchard on the hill above us has suffered so much from fungal diseases, They've cut way back and won't have fruit until this week - we've usually had some by now.

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  7. Looked good, and sounds good to me!

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  8. I heard there was a dessert on NMT. I am in Palm Springs and trying to stay away from the computer, but I just had to get over here and see if the rumor was true. Lo and behold (smoked) pigs fly. Grilled peaches and cake. GREG

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  9. Some day I seriously am going to make this! Don't like dessert? You might need to seek professional help...hehe :) Happy 4th to you and yours!

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  10. Ha! This is great. Love the idea of putting the angel food cake on the grill. Here's another grilled dessert idea -- grilled banana splits.

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  11. The simple syrup soak is a good idea. We've brushed them with a mix of butter, brown sugar, some sort of spice and maybe a dash of booze. That was good too. :) Peaches (and pineapples) may be one of the best fruits to benefit from a grill.

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  12. This looks fabulous Chris. another bookmarked. I just read a recipe for grilling peaches that said you should just wipe the peach fuzz off and leave skins on.

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  13. A dessert on the grill! I have to say I've never seen cake grilled before. Well done sir.

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  14. I love peaches, not a fan of angel food cake but that can easily be substituted. Delicious!!

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  15. For some reason I keep bookmarking any recipe that has peaches on the grill. I guess I need to just try and make this! One always needs to satisfy ones food cravings.

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  16. The first time I ever served grilled angel food cake, people looked at me like I was crazy. I'm so glad to see this amazing treat getting more recognition. I love the smell and flavor of it.

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