I am currently panicking about the imminent end of the warmer weather – while desperately hoping we are going to have an India summer. So it’s time to make the most of alfresco eating and this is a great way to use the spectacularly juicy peaches that are available everywhere at the moment, whether you choose to BBQ or cook them in the oven.
Caramelised Peaches with Salted Nuts
Ingredients serves 4 (157 cals per serving)
4 tbsp maple syrup
4 ripe peaches, halved and stoned
25g sea salt mixed nuts, roughly chopped
Creme fraiche to serve (optional)
How to prepare
If using the oven preheat it to gas 7, 220ºC, fan 200ºC. Take two large rectangles of kitchen foil and drizzle the middle of each with 1tbsp of the maple syrup. Place 4 peach halves, cut-side-up, nestled tightly together, in the middle of each rectangle. Dot the peaches with the butter. Scatter over the nuts.
Drizzle the remaining syrup over both sets of peaches. Wrap up tightly, then wrap with another piece of foil to secure (carefully keeping the cut side of the peaches facing upwards). Place in the hot ashes of a barbecue or campfire or on a baking tray in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes. Unwrap and arrange in four bowls, drizzled with the cooking juices and a spoonful of crème fraîche, if using.