Baked Peaches with Cinnamon


Juicy Baked Peaches are quick, easy and guilt free delicious!


These Baked Peaches are lightly dusted with cinnamon and sugar and broiled to perfect caramelization.  They taste wonderfully decadent but take just minutes to make!  You can serve Baked Peaches plain or topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or add them to oatmeal, French toast, cottage cheese, or a salad.  These Baked Peaches are your perfect guilt free delicious snack, lunch or dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth any time of day.

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Baked Peaches

Let’s be honest. Some of the most delicious foods are not that healthy:  steak dripping in butter, au gratin potatoes loaded with cream, creme brulee oozing with sugar.  My mouth salivates  just thinking about those pure indulgences.  But today I give you another indulgence, A GUILT FREE indulgence:  mouthfuls of sweet, fragrant, juicy baked peaches.

I gt giddy come summertime and I can load up on boxes of fresh peaches.   We eat peaches plain, on top of oatmeal and cereal, in smoothies, in muffins, in desserts and of course my Peaches and Cream French Toast Muffins which is a breakfast, dessert and muffin all in one!  But my favorite way to snack on fresh peaches is baked with a light dusting of cinnamon and sugar – queue the hallelujah chorus.

Baked Peaches become beautifully caramelized on top as the cinnamon and sugar melt and turn golden and the peaches soften to the perfect juicy consistency.  Baked peaches are simple, quick and easy, refreshing, satisfying and incredibly versatile.  Get ready to load up on a big box today!

 

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How do you Pick Peaches?

Baked Peaches will be exponentially more delicious if you start with sweet ripe peaches.  Here is how to pick the best peaches to ensure the best BAKED peaches!

  • Choose Local:  Local peaches are picked when they are ripe because they don’t have to travel as far.  Peaches that have to be shipped, on the other hand, are usually picked when they are underripe so they can arrive at their destination without bumps and bruises.
  • Color:  Color is more important than smell when it comes to picking sweet peaches.  Look for peaches that are vibrant and colorful.  The peaches should not have any green tones as this indicates peaches were picked too early.
  • Texture:  Just like mangos, peaches get sweeter and juicier as they ripen.  To check for ripeness, focus on FEEL.  Start to gently squeeze the peach towards top  – where the stem was. A ripe peach will give slightly, indicating soft flesh inside and that it’s ready to eat.  If it’s firm, you will want to wait a few days for to ripen otherwise you will end up with crunchy, bland peaches.
  • Store.  If the peaches ripen before you get to them, they can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple more days to prolong the ripening process.  If the peaches get wrinkly, this means they are edried out and passed the optimal juicy stage.

How do you make caramelized peaches?

  1. Slices peaches in half and remove the pits.
  2. Place peaches on a baking sheet, skin side down.
  3. Sprinkle peaches with desired amount of sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Place a small piece of butter in the middle of each peach (optional).
  5. Broil peaches for  5-7 minutes or until golden on top.

 

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How Should I serve Baked Peaches?

Baked Peaches simply make everything better.  Here are a few of my favorite foods to serve baked peaches either in or on:

  • cottage cheese
  • oatmeal
  • granola
  • French toast
  • pancakes
  • crepes
  • vanilla ice cream
  • spoonful of cream
  • vanilla yogurt
  • spinach
  • quinoa
  • with other fruits such as raspberries or blueberries

The possibilities are endless, and so is the baked peaches deliciousness!  For this specific Baked Peaches recipe, I’ve gone with Baked Peaches on a bed of spinach loaded with walnuts and bacon then drizzled with honey balsamic Greek yogurt.  It is EVERY bit as outrageously delicious as it sounds.

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Guilt free indulgences don’t have to be an oxymoron.  Indulge yourself in these Baked Peaches and you’ll see!

Cinnamon Baked Peaches with Bacon, Walnuts and Honey Balsamic Cream

Juicy Baked Peaches lightly dusted with cinnamon and sugar, broiled to perfect caramelization and then topped with walnuts and bacon then drizzled with honey balsamic Greek yogurt all over a bed of spinach.  Hello guilt free deliciousness.
Servings: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

Peaches

  • 4 peaches, halved and pitted
  • sugar
  • cinnamon

Honey Balsamic Cream

  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Garnish (optional)

  • 6-8 pieces (turkey) bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • spinach (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Place peach halves on a baking sheet, skin side down, and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden on top.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, honey and balsamic vinegar until smooth.
  • To serve, plate spinach, top with peaches, sprinkle with bacon and walnuts and drizzle honey balsamic yogurt over top.

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  1. marcia says

    My mouth was watering just looking at this recipe so I was bound and determined to try them tonight. Guess what? Ralph’s had no fresh peaches! I was so bummed…but they did have nectarines. So in a desperate attempt, Will went back to the store to buy them. So considering we didn’t have any nice fresh juicy peaches, I’m here to say that this is the most deliciously delectable recipe ever. The yogurt sauce is so dreamy and all of the flavors from the balsamic to the peach to the bacon just meld together in the most perfect way. I am happy to say there are leftovers! Come on by!