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Grilled Peaches with Sweet Ricotta

When it comes to desserts I like cultivating inspiration by visiting the local farmers market to see what fruits are the freshest of the season. Almost every stand was brimming with fragrant peaches this week so I figured they should be the highlight of any dish. Combining the peaches with some other simple ingredients creates a tasty dish that is perfect for cooking on a hot summer evening.

The sweetened ricotta is a delicious sauce for dipping fresh fruit into or adding to a bowl of oatmeal. I usually double the recipe to have some left over. Another tasty addition is some fresh lemon zest. Enjoy!

Grilled Peaches with Sweet Ricotta
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Makes 4 servings

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


*2 peaches, halved with pit removed

*3 tablespoons butter

*1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

*1/4 cup roasted pecans

*2 tablespoons brown sugar

Ingredients for sweetened ricotta:

*2/3 cup fresh ricotta cheese

*1/4 cup honey

*Sprinkle of cinnamon

*1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract


*Place all ingredients for sweetened ricotta in food processor. Mix for about 2 minutes until fully combined. Set in the fridge to chill.

*In a small dish, combine the cinnamon and brown sugar. Place each peach half, cut side down, into the dish to coat with a layer of the cinnamon and sugar mix.

*Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a cast iron skillet.

*Place each peach half, cut side down, in the skillet.

*Cook for about 6 minutes until heated completely. Keep still for the first 2 minutes to caramelize then begin flipping each minute until finished.

*Take peaches out of pan and add in the remaining tablespoon of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir until combined.

*Add the pecans to the pan and stir until coated and fragrant.

*Place a peach on a plate and top with a scoop of ricotta and drizzle of brown sugar butter and pecans.

*Serve warm and enjoy!


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