These Caramelized Peaches are cooked in a skillet until tender and juicy. This is the easiest Summer dessert, and ready in just 20 minutes! Just like my Apple and Blackberry Crumble, these peaches need a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the full effect!
This could officially be my favorite Summer dessert. It's so easy to make and the caramelized peaches with brown sugar sauce is amazing! I've got to have a scoop of vanilla ice cream over mine topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Oh my YUM!
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- It uses fresh peaches and if you get them in season, it's even better
- The recipe uses minimal ingredients and is a great budget dessert
- It only takes 20 minutes to make these stewed peaches & only uses one skillet
Fresh Peaches-I love using fresh yellow peaches for this recipe for their bold color and sweet flavor. Look for ripe peaches, but not mushy or mealy. I suggest buying a few extras, just in case you run into the wrong texture on a few.
Brown Sugar & Butter- Create the sweet and savory sauce for caramelizing the peaches. Brown sugar offers a molasses and caramelized flavor, that really pairs perfectly with peaches.
Vanilla and Cinnamon- Bring in subtle flavor components & make these peaches over the top delicious!
*Full recipe ingredients and quantities can be seen in the recipe card below.
Substitutions and Variations:
You can leave out the vanilla or cinnamon if you're not big on either of those flavors.
Any kind of fresh peaches work in this recipe. Personally, I prefer the color and taste of the yellow peaches.
If you like the skin on the peaches, you can caramelize them with the skins on, and just cut into slices.
If you don't have an enameled skillet, any skillet will work, or even a dutch oven.
*I don't recommend substituting the brown sugar with white sugar or using canned or frozen peaches in this recipe.
How to Make Caramelized Peaches:
Step 1: Start by peeling the skins off the peaches. Then, slice the peaches into approximately ½ inch wide slices.
Step 2: Place the skillet on the stovetop over medium heat. Toss in the butter and allow it to melt completely. Use a spoon to stir it frequently until it starts to look lightly golden brown, but not burnt.
Step 3: Add in brown sugar and vanilla extract and stir.
Step 4: Next, toss in the sliced peaches, cinnamon and salt and stir well to combine. Continue to cook for 6 to 10 minutes, over medium heat, until the peaches are nice and softened.
Step 5: Allow the caramelized peaches to sit on the stovetop and cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Step 6: Serve warm and enjoy! My favorite way to serve these stewed peaches is with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top with a sprinkle of cinnamon. So good!
Expert Tips for Stewed Peaches:
- I prefer to remove skin from the peaches with a sharp paring knife. A vegetable peeler is difficult to use on a really ripe peach, but if it is still on the harder side, this could work. You can also use a boiling method, where you boil a large pot of water, then blanch the peaches in the water for 30-45 seconds. Immediately place them in an ice bath, and the skin should peel right off, by just using your hands.
- Try to cut the slices of peaches in similar size, so they cook evenly.
- Watch the butter when its browning because it can burn quickly, especially over medium heat. Stir constantly and as soon as it starts to get golden, stir in the brown sugar.
I don't suggest either of these. Frozen tend to carry a bit more water than fresh and also have less flavor. Canned peaches are delicious, but they have a different texture and already have lots of extra sugar added or sometimes corn syrup.
Absolutely! Allow them to cool completely before freezing in a freezer bag or vacuum sealing. Enjoy within 3 months for the best taste.
Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. They need to be reheated and served warm because butter is a fat and will separate.
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