I’ve been screamin’ for ice cream all summer long. Not the fancy kind, just the simplest flavor out there: vanilla bean. Now, a true vanilla bean ice cream should never, ever be confused for an artificially flavored one. It’s kind of like ordering something that’s “cherry” flavored. It’s a whole different thing and while it may be delicious, it doesn’t come close to the ingredient it mimics.
This recipe, like many other great creations, was conceived out of improvision. We had friends over for an impromptu dinner and I had not given dessert much thought. There sat a couple of beautiful white peaches, and in my fridge was an ample amount of
kryptonite my vanilla bean ice cream.
If you take pop culture literally, you may have realized long ago that peaches and cream were a combination worthy of their own verse. They were certainly worthy of this get-together. In my panic, I cut some peaches in half and threw them on the grill to up the ante a bit. The natural sugar in peaches makes for a delightful caramelized crust when heated. A very good thing indeed.
The rest of this recipe goes without saying, but because this is a blog, I’ve outlined the rest of the details below. Here’s to the marriage of two sweet ingredients and a fabulously easy dessert that is still fancy enough to serve to guests!
By Wit & Delight
Prep time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
4 ripe peaches
1 quart vanilla bean ice cream
4 tbsp. honey
sprinkle of cinnamon
Slice peaches in half and remove the pits. Place on a hot grill, flat side down. Press into the grill and let sit for 5 minutes. Wait until the peaches have started to soften and grill marks have been seared into the flesh. Rotate roughly 90° and let sit for another 2 minutes. Flip the peaches over and slightly grill the round side of the peach.
Place two grilled peach halves in a bowl. Top with ice cream (the amount is up to you), a drizzle of honey, and cinnamon. Serve immediately.
BY Kate Arends - July 26, 2020
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.