Joy the Baker

Peach Brulee

June 8, 2009

Peach Brulee

Reason #457 why I love this warm weather, sunny spring that leads into summertime:  the ponytail.

It’s bouncy, it’s festive, it helps me look like I’m having a good time even when I’m just standing in line at the grocery store, and it makes me feel like a cheerleader… which is strangely satisfying.

The ponytail is simple and uncomplicated.  I think I’m going to make the ponytail, and the fun simplicity it represents, the theme for the lovely summer we’re working towards.

I think that summer fruit is so fun and just bursting with bright flavors.   Most need very little fuss when it comes to preparation.  Why complicate something that’s already lovely?

This Peach Brulee is just three ingredients and it’s a gorgeous way to start the day.  Make it for breakfast and top the warm peaches with thick Greek yogurt, or make enough peach halves to serve after a big dinner with friends and family.  For one or for many, this simple peach recipe shows off the best of what’s in store for us this summer.  Go forth and broil…. and please sport a ponytail this summer.  It’s rad.

Peach Brulee

Peach Brulee

for one serving, but can easily be increased according to your needs

adapted from Good Food on kcrw

Print this Recipe!

1 peach, cut in half with pit removed

2 spoonfuls brown sugar

2 spoonfuls sour cream, creme fraiche, yogurt or whipped cream

Turn on the oven’s broiler.  Cut peach in half, remove pit and place in a broiler safe pan, cut side up.  Sprinkle brown sugar over the tops of he peaches.  Place in the broiler, very close to the flame.  Stand by the oven, you don’t have time to check the mail.  Check the peaches every minute, the sugar will brown in about 2 minutes, if not sooner.

Remove from the oven once the sugar has become brown and toasted.  Let cool for one minute.  Carefully place peach halves on a plate and dollop the center of the peach with a touch of sour cream or creme fraiche or yogurt.  Serve immediately.


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  • Ooh yummy! I wonder how it would be to replace agave nectar for the sugar? That could create a really nice caramel… hmmm.

  • You know what else rocks my summer socks off? Cotton jumpers. I know, they are a little hipster-y but we can pull it off :)

  • Definitely yes to the peaches, but no to the ponytail. Just doesn’t work for me. Don’t take it personally!

  • so easy and so good!

  • Lots of ponytails here! I always tell the hair lady to cut it so it’s still long enough for a ponytail:)
    Those look fabulous! I love reading your blog because I like your writing style so much..thanks for sharing all of your great recipes!

  • I’m so often in a ponytail I really need to get out of it.

    Those peaches sounds and look amazing! So simple, too!
    ~ingrid

  • Hwo yummy! I’m regretting the bob I got a month ago. I miss being able to wear ponytails!

  • Ha! I am sporting a ponytail at this very minute. I guess that makes me rad?!

    Those peaches look delectable!

  • Hi Joy! What a cutesy blog :) If only I lived in CA and not chicago I’d totally hop on the picnic train. but oh well ;). I almost made the strawberry coffee cake with my farmer’s market treasures but instead made a frozen yogurt with taht and the rhubarb. – i ran outta steam and that was much easier! will make it next time though!

  • Hi Joy, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy visiting your blog. I just baked your strawberry coffee cake, and it is a hit. My hubby told me to make this for our next family reunion, it is that good!! I did not have fresh strawberries, so I used frozen raspberries and added about 2 cups instead of 1, and baked this in a 7″x11″ pan, as I did not have a 10″x10″ pan. The cake turned out beautifully, and the house smelled of buttery goodness. Unfortunately, I suffer from food intolerances/allergies, so I cannot eat what I bake, but my husband is my trusty critic, and he raved about this cake, which is truly a keeper. Thanks for all your hard work, and wonderful stories and recipes. From a Canadian fan, Annie.

  • wow – sometimes the best recipes are so super simple, it’s like why didn’t I think of that? totally delicious.

  • Wow can you make this recipe any easier or tasty? I’m going to deviate and use my blow torch…it’s been MIA in my kitchen for too long!

  • Wow! That looks so wonderful. And simple too! Definitely going to have to try that!!! Maybe with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. YUM! Thank you!

  • Mmmmm! Oh how I love summer and peaches and ponytails too…

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