Monday, April 09, 2007

A damn good idea

For no particular reason I am putting this recipe up here. No particular reason except that butterscotch and peaches together seems like a damned good idea. (Damned good idea or damn good idea?) Especially on a somnolent afternoon when you have no chance of getting your teeth into either butterscotch or peaches.

6 medium or 5 large ripe peaches
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup cream
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey
Pinch of salt
¾ teaspoon vanilla, ½ teaspoon ground ginger or ½ teaspoon almond extract
Vanilla ice cream
Almond biscotti, gingersnaps or other cookies.

1. Fill a large bowl with ice and water, and set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place peaches in boiling water for 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to ice water. When cool, drain and pat dry.

2. Working over a bowl to catch the juice, peel skins from peaches, squeezing as much juice as possible from the skins. Slice each peach into 10 to 12 slices, and set aside with juice; discard skin and pits.

3. In medium skillet over low heat, melt butter. Raise heat to medium-high and cook butter until it foams, subsides, foams again and begins to brown. As soon as butter is nut-brown, add the peaches with juices. Sauté 2 to 3 minutes, then place skillet over low heat to keep warm.

4. In medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine cream, sugar, honey and salt. Place over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar is completely melted. Raise heat to medium and let boil without stirring until it turns a rich golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. (Because of honey and cream it will appear to turn pale brown before it has caramelized; wait until it has darkened noticeably, thickened and reduced before proceeding.) Carefully pour contents of skillet into saucepan; it will boil and spatter; stir to combine. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Add vanilla or other flavoring. Serve warm or at room temperature over ice cream, with cookies on the side.
Source: The New York Times

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