Poached Peaches With Honey and Vanilla

Spiced poached peach
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  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Serve this peach dish with a delicious honey and peach brandy poaching liquid. You can also use peach nectar in the syrup.

Nectarines are another option for this dessert or use part plums. Serve the poached fruit warm with ice cream and the poaching sauce or a drizzling of raspberry or blueberry sauce

Feel free to vary the flavor a bit with a cinnamon stick or a whole clove or two. Add the spices to the simmering mixture and taste occasionally to test for flavor.

What You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup peach brandy (or peach nectar)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 6  peaches (small, ripe but firm, regular or white peaches)

How to Make It

Peel the Peaches

  1. Fill a large bowl or pot with ice water and set aside.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  3. Lower the peaches into the boiling water. Boil for about 10 to 20 seconds. The skin should begin to split.
  4. Remove the peaches and immediately immerse in the ice water to halt the cooking. Slip the skins off the peaches.

Prepare the Poaching Liquid

  1. In a 4 to 6-quart saucepan, combine the water, orange juice, peach brandy or nectar, sugar, honey, and vanilla. Bring to a full boil.
  1. Add the peeled peaches and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and continue at a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until peaches are tender. You want the peaches soft, but still somewhat firm.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, remove peaches to a bowl to cool completely.
  3. Boil the syrup for approximately 10 minutes longer, or until reduced by about half. Cool the syrup.
  4. Serve the peaches warm in dessert bowls with the poaching syrup.


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 285
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 4 mg
Carbohydrates 72 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 3 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)