Can I tell you how GOOD this is? My original Italian recipe called for Apricots, but I couldn’t find any the day I wanted to make this, and Peaches are still readily available, so I opted for Peaches. Equally delicious, but I do love some Apricots (so if you’ve got Apricots, use ’em by all means). Pesche Gratinate translates to Peaches au Gratin but I’d say this was more of a Peaches N Cream recipe than a Peaches au Gratin but that’s what the recipe that was passed on to me called it – so, I’m rolling with it. It’s my blog after all! Tee hee!
It’s ah-mazingly delicious – warm or cold (if you’re lucky enough to have any left over). The syrup on this is finger licking good. I must admit I had to break out the spatula & scrape every last OUNCE of goodness of the sides (yes it’s that good).
And did I mention you get to set it ON FIRE? Evviva (hooray)! One of my bestestest (yes, that is a word LOL) longtime friends, Ms. Cookielicious, gifted me with a Crème Brulee Set for my birthday. It had a TORCH inside. Yes, I’m smiling just writing about it! I do love my kitchen gadgets. I could stay in a kitchen store for hours and be happy happy happy. And if that kitchen store just happened to be in Italy — WOW, simply ecstatic! I’m not so hard to please LOL.
Okay, focusing again, see Italy does it to me every time. I was so excited that I finally got to use it. I was a little nervous I must admit, because I am a huge klutz (I know shocking, but true) and I do have VERY LONG hair. See where I’m going here? But, worry not, I found a ponytail holder (which are always MIA in my house) and all was good. Yes, you’ll be happy to know I’ve got more recipes coming up that will feature the torch extraordinaire! And, well, if you don’t have one you can always use a long armed lighter so you can still get in on the fun!
This is such an easy dish. Yes, there are a few steps, but overall fairly easy & it’s a crowd pleaser. I’ll def make this for company as well. What a show & won’t they think you’re ah-mazing!
What you’ll need:
2 1/4 cups whole milk
3 egg yolks
4 tbsp flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 lb fresh peaches
1 dl Rum
3.5 tbsp sliced almonds
What to do:
In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add your egg yolks, 1 cup sugar & mix until creamy. Gradually add in the flour. Gradually add in milk and mix until well combined.
Move mixture to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until it thickens. Stir continually.
Turn off the heat and add 1 tbsp of Rum. Move mixture to an ovenproof dish (pie/tart size). Set aside.
Peel peaches, remove pitts & cut in half. Place half cup of sugar into a saucepan with 1 cup of water. Cook over medium heat until is turns into syrup consistency. Stirring often. When it’s reached syrup consistency, add the peach halves and cook for approx 3 mins.
Remove peaches with a slotted spoon and arrange them on top of cream mixture (cut side down). At this point, preheat the broiler in your oven. Continue cooking syrup mixture until it reduces by half. Stirring often.
Sprinkle almonds on top of peaches & drizzle with syrup reduction. Place into oven under the broiler until almonds are toasted. Watch carefully, this will only take a few mins.
Heat remaining Rum in the same saucepan you used for syrup. Once you have removed the dish from oven. Pour the heated rum on top & set on fire! Serve as soon as flame has evaported! Refrigerate any remaining portion.
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