When I think about grilling, the first thing that comes to my mind isn’t necessarily grilling fruit, but it should be! Fruit like these amazing Maple Bourbon Grilled Peaches are, I think, the perfect bite. Sweet, a little smoky, soft and warm, and oh so juicy!
The maple syrup and brown sugar add some additional sweetness. The cinnamon brings a bit of earthy flavor to the grilled peaches and the bourbon; well, everything is better with a little bourbon, isn’t it!
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What is the best fruit to grill?
You can pretty much grill any fruit that has a firm texture, from watermelons to cantaloupe. Most stone fruits also work well for grilling. Because of the high sugar content in fruit, they tend to caramelize well when cooked on the grill. Plus, they are super yummy!
- Maple syrup
- Brown sugar
- Almond paste
- Vanilla extract
- Mint leaves, for garnish
These maple bourbon grilled peaches are perfect for a luscious summer dessert. Although we can get peaches year-round in most of the world, there is nothing better than fresh local peaches. Picked at the peak of their ripeness, they are so sweet and juicy.
HOw to make Maple Bourbon Grilled Peaches
Start out by preheating your grill to medium heat, about 375 degrees F. Slice the peaches in half and carefully remove the pits. You are not going to want to use very ripe peaches as the flesh needs to be pretty firm in order for you to remove the pits.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, maple syrup, bourbon, almond paste, and vanilla extract. Whisk the mixture well.
Toss the peach halves into the mixture and gently stir, making sure that all the peaches are coated in the liquid.
In a separate bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together. Roll the peach halves in the sugar-cinnamon mixture, making sure that they are well coated.
Once your grill is up to temperature, place the peaches on the grill cut side down and grill for about 5 minutes without moving them. You want to have nice grill marks on each of the peaches. Turn them over and grill the skin side for about 5 minutes.
Grill them until the peaches are soft. They should also be heated through, and the sugar should be caramelized.
How do you get the pit out of a peach?
Very gently, that’s how you get the pit out of a peach. Start by cutting a circle around the entire peach. If the peach is not too ripe, you can sometimes twist each of the halves, and they will separate from the pit. You will want to use freestone peaches as clingstone are very hard to get off the pit.
Sometimes you may have to work your fingers or a knife into the slice and pry the 2 halves apart. Working with peaches that are not overly ripe definitely helps when you are trying to remove the pit. With a little practice, you can actually get pretty good at this.
We canned a bunch of peaches one weekend. After removing the pits from about 15 pounds of peaches, it became almost second nature, LOL.
Serving Maple Bourbon grilled peaches
In my mind, nothing goes better with these maple bourbon grilled peaches than a scoop of regular old vanilla ice cream. The sweetness of the maple syrup and brown sugar pair perfectly with the vanilla ice cream.
The cinnamon and bourbon add a hint of spice to the grilled peaches. This makes the creaminess of the ice cream that much better. All in all, I don’t think there is a better match for these grilled peaches than vanilla ice cream! If you don’t have any vanilla ice cream available, whipped cream would certainly do as a substitute.
Our farmers’ market is overflowing with peaches this time of year. And there are so many fabulous things you can make with fresh peaches!
Any way you serve up your peaches, make sure you take advantage of them while they are in season. They are so good. Like the song says, “If I had my little way, I’d eat peaches every day!”
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- 5 large peaches, halved and pitted
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup good bourbon
- ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
- ½ tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp almond paste
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4-5 mint leaves, as garnish
- Preheat the grill to medium-high, about 375 degrees F.
- Slice the peaches in half and remove the pit.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter, maple syrup, bourbon, almond paste, and vanilla extract.
- Toss the peaches in the syrup and stir gently, making sure that the peaches are well coated.
- In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix well.
- Roll the peaches in the sugar mix.
- Set peaches cut side down directly onto the grill grates over an indirect flame. Grill for 5 minutes. Turn the peaches over and grill for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove peaches from the grill and garnish with mint leaves.
- Serve with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 1g
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