Spiced poached peaches

Spiced poached peaches

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  • 8
  • Easy
  • Dairy free
  • 10 minutes, plus 15 minutes' standing time
  • 25 minutes
  • Woolworths Spier Natural Sweet White 2017


  • 9-12 perfectly ripe dessert peaches
  • 3 cups water
  • 200 g brown sugar
  • 1 t ground cardamon
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 2 cardamom pods, smashed
  • 1 stick cinnamon

Cooking Instructions

Place the peaches in a bowl. Pour over enough boiling water to cover them. Allow to stand for 30 seconds. Remove using a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of ice and cold water. When cool enough to handle, remove the skins.

In a saucepan just big enough to hold the peaches snugly, simmer the water and sugar with the spices, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

Add the peaches. Weight down with a small plate to keep them submerged. Cook very gently for 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and turn the peaches around in the syrup. Weight down again and leave to cool in the syrup.

Once cooled, transfer the peaches to a heatproof bowl. Reduce the syrup over a high heat for 20 minutes or until thick. Spoon over the peaches. Serve chilled.

Cook's note: A suitably refreshing summer dessert. You could serve it with frozen yoghurt or Greek yoghurt if you like.
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Phillippa Cheifitz Recipe by: Phillippa Cheifitz
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Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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