I love fresh peaches and grilling only intensifies their flavor and sweetness. They take me back to the carefree days of childhood summers in Michigan where my family vacationed on a small rowboat lake named Lake Van Auken in Van Buren County. (It was our “On Golden Pond” spot in the heart of peach country.)
This is a quick dessert that will have everyone talking and asking for more! Topped with Palisade Peach Brandy Barrel Aged Maple Syrup from Burton’s Maplewood Farm makes it truly magical.
Grilled Peaches with Burton’s Maplewood Farm Maple Syrup
4 Large ripe peaches (Use freestone peaches if possible and if you can find them I recommend the Red Haven variety. Always pick a peach that has a great aroma and gives just a bit when you squeeze it. Rinse the peaches well, dry and cut in half removing the pit.) Olive oil 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Palisade Peach Brandy Barrel Aged Maple Syrup or your favorite maple syrup
Vanilla ice cream
Crushed vanilla wafers or graham crackers to garnish Toasted almonds or pecans are optional
Using a clean gas grill, preheat to medium or 350 degrees.
Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon then set aside.
Brush the cut side of the peaches with olive oil and place on the grill. Cook for 2-3 minutes then rotate and continue grilling for another 2-3 minutes. Turn them over and grill for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from the grill and place on a serving dish. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Move each peach portion to an individual serving dish, drizzle Burton’s Maple Syrup into the cavity of the peach. Quickly add a generous scoop of vanilla ice-cream, top with toasted almond or pecans, and garish with crushed vanilla wafers or graham crackers. (Whipped cream works great as well!)
Enjoy and Happy Summer!
Mike Mech “The Bungalow Chef”