Aren’t these gawgeous? It’s a simple & elegant Italian dessert called Pesche (pez-kay) al Forno (four-no). It’s Italian for Peaches in the oven or alla Americana would be baked Peaches.
This is an incredibly beautiful dish & oh so easy to pull together. If you’ve got company coming it’s perfect. You can even prepare everything ahead of time & just pop it into the oven as soon as dinner starts. The smells coming from the oven will have them squirming in their seats. Do be sure to let them cool just a bit before serving. Resist the temptation or trust me you’ll have burnt tongues on your hands.
Once they’ve had time to rest, the peaches will ooze their peach goodness. And the filling, oh the glorious filling, well that will have them wondering what exactly you put in there. It’s oh so crunchy & sweet. Ah-mazing.
The Amaretti cookies are one of my favorite Italian cookies. One of these days I’m going to try to bake some myself. They will crush easily so you don’t have to bash them with a mallet – your hand will do the job. Sometimes Candied Cherries are hard to find so I have substituted dried cherries (yes, those in the photo are dried cherries) and they’re quite good. Again, if you don’t have almonds on hand, feel free to substitute. Walnuts would be very good too! I’m a big fan of using what you have on hand. Either way your tummy is going to be a happy camper & well your guests will be wondering just how you do it all : ) You are a superhero, aren’t you? I thought for certain I’d seen your cape *wink wink*
Have you ever had stuffed baked Peaches?
What you’ll need:
100g Amaretti Cookies
50g of Almonds – Chopped
4 Candied or Dried Cherries – Chopped
4 tbsp Sugar
What to do:
Preheat oven to 375. Wash & dry your peaches. Cut them in half & remove pits. Carefully remove any extra pit residue. You will need to create a small cavity for the filling. Use a melon baller or your tbsp. measure.
Place your Amaretti into a small ziplock bag, seal & crush them until they are in small pieces (but not powder). In a small bowl, add your crushed Amaretti, the almonds, the cherries & sugar. Mix well.
Spray an ovenproof dish (large enough to hold your 8 peach halves) with cooking spray. Place the peach halves into the ovenproof dish. Fill each peach with the Amaretti mixture. Place a small pat of butter onto the top of each Peach. Bake for 45 minutes. Allow peaches to cool slightly before serving.
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