Thursday, 25 June 2015

Griddled Peaches with Macerated Strawberries, Basil & Cream

Griddled Peaches with Macerated Strawberries, Basil & Cream

"The sun has got his hat on, hip-hip-hip hooray,
The sun has got his hat on and he's coming out to play!" 

At long last, the sun is finally showing its face here in the UK, or at least that's what it feels like!  So to celebrate, I just had to make something with the flavours of summer.

Peaches, strawberries, cream anybody?
Our strawberries are just starting to ripen but we hadn't enough for this beautifully tasty dessert; so I bought a nice big punnet from the supermarket.  They were small British grown strawberries, so perfect - full of flavour, sweetness and hadn't travelled too far.

Now, I'd never griddled peaches up until the other day; and I can definitely tell you I will most certainly be doing it again!  Not just for the flavour, but also for the smell which they imparted as they heated and caramelised!  Just divine!  So should anybody else have not tried griddled peaches before; you simply must!  Now!  This minute! Well perhaps not this minute, but soon, very soon!

Griddled Peaches with Macerated Strawberries, Basil & Cream

And who knew that basil goes so beautifully with peaches!  Perfect!  We all know that strawberries team so well with basil and balsamic vinegar so to sit them alongside griddled peaches was just divine.  So summery. 

The peaches I used were bought as being 'ripe and ready to eat'; we used them on the same day as purchasing them so they didn't get overly soft making it difficult to cut in half. 

Griddled Peaches with Macerated Strawberries, Basil & Cream

As for the griddle pan, well we don't have one!  And I couldn't even borrow my parent's griddle pan because they don't have one either!  So, we ended up using a George Forman Grill belonging to my parents.  It wasn't ideal because, as you know, they are built on a slight angle to drain away juices.  But it certainly got nice and hot which is what was needed and it produced really good results.  And I'd guess a BBQ would be a great place to griddle them also.

So whether you griddle them indoors on a griddle pan, on a George Forman Grill or outside on the BBQ, these little beauties are delicious enjoyed alfresco straight off the heat with the macerated strawberries teamed with basil and a generous dollop of cream! 

Post Script:  Since publishing this post, Mother Mands has tried this recipe using 'Smoking Chips' on the BBQ and has reported that they didn't work as well as on a griddle pan / George Foreman Grill.  Thanks for the feed back Mands!

This recipe has been shared with:
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So let's get to it and cook.

Griddled Peaches & cream with Macerated Strawberries  Yum
Yield: 4 portions
Difficulty: Easy
Freezable: N/A
Time: prep time 5 minutes; cook time 5-10 minutes

Equipment:
Griddle pan or similar
Ingredients:
4 ripe and ready to eat peaches (not overly soft)
sunflower oil / rapeseed oil
For the Macerated Strawberries
225g strawberries, cleaned, hulled & sliced 1/4" thick
1/4 - 1/2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
3 - 4 medium basil leaves, hand torn
For the cream
150ml double / whipping cream
150ml mascarpone 
icing sugar, sieved, to taste

Method:
1. Start by macerating the strawberries.  Place the prepared strawberries into a good sized bowl.  Sprinkle with the sugar & gently stir.  Add half of the hand torn basil leaves and the balsamic vinegar & mix again.  Leave to macerate for about 30 minutes but not for any longer than 90 minutes as the berries will break down too much.

2. Place the cream into a good sized bowl.  Whip until almost ready.  Add the mascarpone and whip again until nice and thick. Add a little sieved icing sugar to taste, a teaspoonful at a time and mix.

3.  Prepare the peaches.  Run a sharp knife around the peach from 'north pole' to 'south pole' and back again, cutting through to the stone.  Twist the peach to separate.  With a paring knife (or similar) remove the stone carefully.

4. Warm your dry griddle pan (or similar) until it's nice & hot. Brush the cut side of the peach with a little oil and place on the griddle pan.  Leave them to cook and caramelise for at least 5 minutes.  Don't be tempted to move them during the cooking process.  You may need to griddle them in two batches. 

5.  Use a suitable implement to carefully remove the peaches from the griddle pan. 

6.  Serve with the cream, macerated strawberries and a little more of the shredded basil leaves.

Enjoy!













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28 comments:

  1. This does sound great for a BBQ, I'm dying to have a go at some fruits on the grill next time we have one! Those flavours sound like they'd be great together too. I haven't got a griddle pan either, I did used to have one, but it was one of those things that never got used normally. I haven't had peaches in ages!

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    1. It was delicious Amanda, and although we used an alternative to the usual griddle pan it still worked a treat. I've not tried it on the BBQ, so I don't know if it'd need slightly less time or not. Do let me know if you try it on the BBQ. Yes the flavours work a treat, so fresh and clean and just what you want in summer.
      Thanks for popping over the read.
      Angela x

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  2. Yum!! I'm definitely counting this as a healthy dessert, right!? Delish!

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    1. It really was yummy Lucy, so tasty. Yeah, there's not a great deal of refined sugars in there - just the natural ones in the fruit. And as for the cream, well you don't have to have much (if any) of it. But I'd certainly say there'd be 2 portions of fruit if you used both halves of the peach.
      Thanks for reading Lucy.
      Angela x
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  3. Clever idea to use the George Foreman Grill - you still got a great result! This looks so delicious and as I'm sitting here shivering in the cold I wish I could eat a big bowl of this for dessert! Thanks for linking up with us and I hope you have a lovely weekend x

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    1. I'd almost given up on the idea when I learnt my parents no longer had their griddle pan. The George Foreman Grill idea came to me in the middle of the night whilst I was fast asleep - you know what it's like!! It really was delicious Lauren, so full of flavour and nutrients.
      Thanks for popping over
      Angela x

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  4. You had me a peaches!
    This looks very delicious indeed.
    Thanks for joining in with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays fun.
    Have a beautiful weekend x

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    1. Oh I know, what's not to love about peaches! And certainly griddled ones! It certainly was delicious Dannielle!
      Thanks for popping over to read.
      Angela x
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  5. Looks so refreshing! I love the combination of strawberries and basil together and the basil in my garden is growing like crazy! I had to give some away. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at #foodpornthursdays.

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    1. They were absolutely divine, and oh so easy to knock up! You must try a leaf of your gorgeous basil with a peach - it teams together so well.
      Thanks for popping over to read.
      Angela x

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  6. Yum, I am totally obsessed with grilled fruit this summer. Grilled peaches are so good!! #foodpornthursdays

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    1. It's so yummy isn't it!
      Thanks for popping over to read Donna.
      Angela x

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  7. Oh YUM! grilled peaches sounds wonderful! and put them with strawberries and Im in heaven. Thanks for sharing this recipe xx

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    1. You must try them, they were delicious and the smell was amazing as they cooked!
      Thanks for reading
      Angela x

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    1. Thank you Amy, it goes so well with both strawberries & peaches!
      Thank you for reading.
      Angela x

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  9. What a pretty plate! (and the good looks wonderful also!)
    popped over from Caleigh's Kitchen link up.
    will be pinning next!

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    1. Thank you Noel. The plate actually belonged to my late maternal grandmother, using them always brings back fond memories of Sunday lunches with her using those plates. It's actually the traditional 'Willow Pattern' but the main part of the characters and the bridge is hidden behind the scrummy Peaches & Strawberries!
      Thanks for popping over to read.
      Angela x

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  10. I had nectarines with basil at a wedding in Corsica back in 2007. I had totally forgotten about that combination of flavours till now. Your recipe sounds delicious and I am sure it would go down well in our house of fruit lovers :)
    #Foodyearlinkup
    Fionnuala

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    1. It's just such a gorgeous combo isn't it! I'd actually not tried until I made this last week, but we'll definitely be doing it again. So tasty, and healthy (if you ignore the cream!)
      Thanks for popping by to read.
      Angela x

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  11. Love the combination of peaches and strawberries - delicious. I've not tried them with basil before so I'll have to add it to my list of things to try.

    Thanks for joining #FoodYearLinkup xx

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    1. I'd never teamed basil with strawberries / peaches with basil before either, though I'd heard of it regularly used with strawberries. It's really yummy Charlotte, marrying together so well. You'll have to promote it up your 'things to try' list. :-)
      Thanks for popping over to read.
      Angela x

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  12. Wow that looks so fresh and tasty. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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    1. Vicki, it was divine! The smell that filled the room as it cooked for those few short minutes was glorious. It filled us with such anticipation, and we weren't let down because the taste was just so clean and beautiful!
      Your welcome, thanks for hosting x
      Angela x

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  13. I love this combination. It looks so fresh and beautiful too. I have to try. Thank you so much for linking up to #LoveSeasonalFood and I have enjoyed really enjoyed looking around your lovely blog too.

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    1. :-) Thank you Clare, I still have a lot on my 'to do list' re the blog lay and other things to include within it. It's all a learning curve (though a steep one at times) and very much work in progress!
      The griddled peaches we amazing Clare, so easy and yet so much flavour. And if you served both halves of the peach to each person, with a good portion of strawberries, I'm sure they would be consuming 2 of their portions of fruit & veg. Win-win in my book!
      Thank you for hosting Clare, I have something in mind for this months #LoveSeasonalFood!!
      Thanks for reading,
      Angela x

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  14. Fantastic idea for a barbecue. Thanks for entering these into Treat Petite Angela

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    1. Thank you Stuart. The smell and highlighted flavours of the peach and strawberries were just scrummy!
      Thanks for hosting :-)
      Angela x

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