Thursday, September 27, 2007

Grilled Peach with Eucalyptus Honey Yogurt and Roasted Almonds

Grilled Peach (02) by MeetaK


When I look out of the window right now I can hardly believe I made this dessert just last weekend. The sun was shining in a crystal, clear, blue sky and with temperatures between 25 and almost 30 degrees C it was almost like one last trip into summer. An Indian Summer! We decided to visit our friends who live about 2 hours drive from here, in Bavaria in a beautiful mountain region. After spending the whole day trekking and canoing we decided to barbecue for the last time this year.

I was put in charge of creating dessert.



It seems like I am often put in charge of the dessert when cooking with friends. To be honest I do not really think I am a great dessert maker and would rather spend my time thinking up a great marinade or dip.

For this particular dessert I wanted to make use of some fresh summery fruit still available in supermarkets here. Light but exquisite was what was floating in my head when we went to the store to buy our groceries for the barbecue.

I was rather excited to still see peaches and almost a whole crate went into our cart. We all know the perfect pendant to peaches is cream but I was thinking of something lighter. Finally with a few of the items I placed in the cart for the dessert, the look on my friend Katja's face was one of skepticism. I smiled and told her to relax. She'd get her perfect treat I promised.

Today it's been raining "cats and dogs" - non-stop and it's cold. Really brrrr cold. So, looking at the pictures of the dessert I made, brought in a little bit of virtual sunshine. I figured one or two of you out there could also use a bit of spoiling and summer sunshine so I'd like to share my interpretation of peaches and cream with you.



Ingredients

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4 - 5 fresh, juicy, ripe peaches - cut in half and pit removed
400 g thick Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons flavored honey - I used a wonderful Eucalyptus honey, but Lavender honey would also be fantastic.
4 -5 tablespoons almonds - chopped or cut into slices.



Method

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In a small mixing bowl whisk the yogurt with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 3 tablespoons honey. Keep cool.

Dry roast the almonds in a non-stick pan until fragrant and golden. Take out and mix together with the remaining juice and honey. Set aside.

On the barbecue simply place the peaches cut sides facing down on the grill of your barbecue. You will receive best results if you cover the grill with some thick aluminum foil. Grill the peaches for 2-4 minutes.

You can also make these using a grill pan on your stove. Place the peaches without addition of any fat cut sides facing down in the pan. Grill for 2-4 minutes until the peaches are slightly golden and just a tiny bit softer.

In small serving dessert bowls place the peach in the middle, pour some of the yogurt over the top and spoon a generous helping of the honey almonds.



Verdict

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A beautiful way to end the summer with a delicate, light and fruity dessert. I loved the flavor the Eucalyptus honey paired with the fruity, ripeness of the peaches. It was a wonderful and luxurious taste. My friend Katja apologized for not believing in me and promised never to doubt me again. while helping herself to another portion - LOL! I won't let her in on my secret - I am never exactly sure the things I create in my head will actually be as good as I imagine them to be. I guess I was lucky with this one!


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33 comments :

  1. Beautiful pictures as always :).
    Btw..on another note....Have you already posted Soren's b'day cake? I was waiting to see your creation with those little M&Ms. If you have not, please please please pott it.

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  2. Oh Meeta, that's for me for sure!
    I so love the way it's so easy for you to roll off "visit our friends who live about 2 hours drive from here, in Bavaria in a beautiful mountain region." How grand to live so close to such grand places!

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  3. what a beauty! am up for any peachy recipe :)
    If u hv some peaches leftover, u may check out my Peach Galette!

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  4. My, your pictures are gorgeous! I'm not one for peaches, but this really has my attention!

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  5. Meeta, grilled peach is new to me. I haven't tasted it yet. Now I just HAVE TO!

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  6. Oh my, that looks just wonderful. I love the idea of grilled fruit and I just love Greek yogurt too, so this one is perfect for me. Great photos too. Nice job.

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  7. This looks really wonderful, and your pictures are incredible! I am sorry it took me so long to find you, but I want to add you to my blogroll!

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  8. we both like grilled fruit. and ripe but firm peaches are probably among the best. your dessert looks absolutely delectable. -jai

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  9. Meeta, What a lovely recipe! I just found some beautiful peaches at the market today. Now, I know exactly what I will do with them. Thank you for inspiring me.

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  10. I've grilled peaches before (with basil and cinnamon butter), and loved it, but your version seems much more elegant, Meeta!!

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  11. Greek yogurt, honey, peaches... who else but Meeta can conjure up such a divine combo:) Any autumn pictures coming our way;)?

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  12. I can see a coffee table book full of your pictures in the future!

    This sounds perfect!

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  13. looks lovely. such an awesome idea too. :)

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  14. I would love it if you can join the event Meeta. Its okay even if you are a day or two late.. I will be posting round up only by end of next week. have work piled up. if will be great to have one of your lovely pics in my blog :)

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  15. Excellent idea. We grill peaches often but with yogurt it sure will taste better

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  16. I love peaches and the dessert you came up with is just fabulous. Send me some over now, please!!.
    Where can I find this Eucalyptus yogurt here in US grocery stores? any idea? Never heard of that before.
    Hugs

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  17. Oh!! I almost forgot to mention about the photos. Pictures are truely amazing. Simply gorgeous.

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  18. I have been wanting to grill peaches - so I guess I better hurry up as they won't be on the shelves much longer! Your photos are gorgeous!

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  19. Wow that is one yummy dessert! Meeta I absoloutley LOVE eucalyptus honey it has such a wonderful toffee flavour to it. Have your ever tried Heather honey? Almonds are great with honey too lovely recipe! Feel free to visit my blog also. :)

    Click here for recipes

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  20. Wow, that's gorgeous Meeta! I love the flavor combination and the colors, it does look like summer on a plate! Enjoy your nice weather, I think our Indian summer jsut came to an end!!

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  21. If only I wasn't allergic to peaches! Darn it all!
    Beautiful beautiful pictures.

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  22. Your "interpretation" of peaches and cream is sublime! I love the artful set-up--just fantastic!

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  23. Meeta, beautiful looking grilled fruit

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  24. What a beauty! This is the kind of desserts I love during the summer. Light, creamy, cold/warm and crunchy! Yum!

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  25. So many textures as one takes a bite, so many flavours. As always, your posts are a truye delight.

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  26. amazing blog with mind blowing pictures and mouth watering recipes..keep the good work going :)

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  27. I love peaches with honey, yogurt and almonds! I am sure grilling it made it so much better. This looks delicious.

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  28. Wow wee. Peaches are on the top of my must eat two a day list right now. This looks magnificent! I am thrilled to find your site, such beauty and great recipes. My blog wants to grow up and be just like yours! I focus on recipes that are lightened up for our and Earth's health. It would be easy to lighten this one up. I'm going to give it a whirl. Check me out at http://danazia.wordpress.com/
    Any tips?
    Dana Zia

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  29. Thank you all so much for your comments and feedback. It's also great featuring thsi on my spotlight again - it reminded me of the great fun we had grilling these. Frilled peaches are truly one of the greater culinary simple pleasures. Something everyone should give a try.

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  30. I came by looking for it.:-) I love the sound of Eucalyptus honey, I have never had any, but i can just imagine the refreshing flavor in it. Lavendar sounds so good with the peaches too.

    I remember seeing this now, last year when i would read your blog like crazy..(still do) before i started blogging;)

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Thank you for visiting What's For Lunch, Honey? and taking time to browse through my recipes, listen to my ramblings and enjoy my photographs. I appreciate all your comments, feedback and input. I will answer your questions to my best knowledge and respond to your comments as soon as possible.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy your stay here and that I was able to make this an experience for your senses.

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Meeta