With Spring coming in and Summer just around the corner it’s about time you start learning how to cook dessert to fit the season. While a chocolate cheesecake is good in my book any time of year, part of becoming a great cook is using great seasonal flavors. So that’s what I did, and what you will do too!!
I first had the combination of peaches and blueberries last year in a pie my Grandmother made. She pretty much makes a pie every day and is damn good at it. On their farm they grow their own blueberries, so they are fresh as fresh can be! But anyway, the sweetness of the peaches goes very well with the slight tartness of the blueberries. It’s money in the bank!
Here’s what you will need for the Blueberry Compote:
- 1 cup fresh blueberries (washed)
- 2 tbsps water
- 3 tbsps of sugar
- juice of half a lemon
In a small saucepan combine,…. wait for it….. ALL of your ingredients and set on the stove over medium heat. As the mixture heats up, stir regularly, and when not stirring, cover the pot. Do this for 12 minutes, then add some more fresh blueberries, then you are all done!! Taste the compote, see what you think. If you like it sweeter, add more sugar, stir and cook a little longer to disolve the sugar. Super easy!
For the grilled peaches you will need:
- 2 peaches pitted, peeled, and sliced in half or fourths
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
I like my grilled peaches peeled, but if you want the skin on, dont bother peeling it. This is your recipe! In a shallow dish combine the sugar and cinnamon. Then dredge each of the peach section through the dry mixture to coat them all over. A great activity for the kids. Bring your grill or grill pan to medium high heat. Give the grates a coating of vegtable oil, or Pam, either is good. Spray the peaches with a light coat of Pam as well. Then place your peaches on the grill and let sit 4 to 5 minutes, or until well marked. Dont bother checking until 4 minutes. Be patient and let them sit. Once marked on one side, continue to the ext side, or sides if you cut into fourths.
That’s all you have to do to get great grilled peaches! Very easy and fast!
Now I like to eat this awesome combo of peaches and blueberries over ice cream. So when you start to prepare the grilled peaches, pull out your vanilla ice cream from the freezer and let it sit on the counter. We want it to get a little soft. When ready to eat, put two, nay, THREE scoops of ice cream down, pour over as much blueberry compote as you want and top with a couple sections of the grilled peaches. If you like, blast that bad boy with some whip cream. As you eat the dessert, the warm compote and peaches will melt your ice cream making each bite better and better!!!
OK, I can’t stop writing! If you like, add some toasted walnuts on top to give the dessert a little crunch and saltiness. A good play in my book!