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Brown Sugar Peaches with Ice Cream

The sweet, fragrant stone fruits of summer are wonderful for making quick and easy desserts. Here, a scoop of ice cream is topped with warm, lightly sugared peach slices. Look for deep yellow peaches that give slightly to gentle pressure, signs that they are juicy and flavorful.

Ingredients:

  • 4 peaches
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs. dark rum (optional)
  • 1 pint rum raisin, vanilla or coffee ice cream

Directions:

If desired, rub off any excess peach fuzz with a kitchen towel. Halve and pit the peaches, then cut them into slices 1/2 inch thick.

In a nonreactive bowl, toss together the peach slices and lemon juice. Set aside.

In a large fry pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the peaches and brown sugar and sauté the peaches until they are lightly browned and the sugar has caramelized, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and swirl in the rum.

To serve, scoop the ice cream into martini glasses or individual bowls. Top each serving with an equal amount of the warm peaches and drizzle with an equal amount of the pan juices. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Entertaining, Edited by Chuck Williams (Oxmoor House, 2004).