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Sunday, July 22, 2012

ChezCindy: Eat a Peach...




After I published my post on granola, by gorgeous sister contacted me. She had made granola and wanted other ideas for how to use it. She was sprinkling the homemade granola on ice cream, which is a great idea. Yum.  What first comes to mind for granola use is yogurt parfaits layered with fresh berries, topped with crispy granola.  But I also offered the idea of grilled peaches topped with mascapone cream cheese, honey and granola.





Grilled peaches are super easy to prepare and can be eaten as a dessert or for breakfast, if indeed you don't mind early morning grilling.  (maybe on the weekend when you have more time for a fun breakfast)  But definitely after your evening barbecue and the grill is already hot. 

The peaches become softened and the juices release, as they would in a pie.  Adding the creamy cheese and the sweet local honey, lends towards the traditional concept of peaches and cream.  Topping with the crispy granola provides textural contrast.  If you can find (or make) a granola that has pecans in it, you have another natural pairing of pecans and peaches giving a nod to the state of Georgia. 

Here is how to put it together. 

Grilled Peaches with Cream Cheese, Honey & Granola

Fresh Peaches, Freestone work best
Cream Cheese
Honey
Granola
Cooking spray oil

Working with your outdoor grill, or an indoor grill can be used as well, you will need the heat still somewhat hot.  Slice the peaches in half; remove the stone pit.  Lightly spray the cut side with cooking oil; place the cut side down onto the hot grill.  Grill for roughly 5 minutes, until the peach becomes soft to touch, but not mushy, and have light grill lines on the flesh.  Remove from the grill; top with a dollop of cream cheese.  Drizzle with honey; sprinkle granola over the peaches.  Serve warm. 
I use an Italian cream cheese, mascapone, but any creamy cheese is suitable for this recipe.  You can even use a flavored cream cheese by mixing in a bit of cinnamon or vanilla.  That would be delicious.


Freestone vs Clingstone Peaches
Both variety of peaches are wonderful.  The difference being as the name suggests, how easily the pit or the stone removes from the center of the peach.  Freestone pits adhere loosely to the flesh of the peach and remove easily.  While the Clingstone pits need to be cut out due to how strongly it clings to the peach.  Flavors are great on both. 












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