Suggested wine pairing:
Muscat Baumes de Venise, Domaine de Coyeux 2001
Yield: 6 servings
the Roasted Peaches:
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup sugar
tablespoon unsalted butter
- 6 ripe medium peaches
- 12 sprigs fresh
In a small saucepan over high heat, bring the water and
2 tablespoons of the sugar to a boil. Cook until the sugar has dissolved; set
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Butter the
inside of an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside.
Using a large bowl,
prepare an ice-water bath and set aside. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Gently
lower the peaches into the boiling water and blanch for 30 seconds. Using a slotted
spoon, transfer the peaches into the ice-water bath. When the fruit is cool enough
to handle, drain on paper towels. Using a small paring knife, slip off the skins.
the peaches in the prepared pan and sprinkle with remaining sugar and thyme sprigs.
Bake for 10 minutes, remove from the oven, and brush the peaches with the sugar
syrup, gently moving the peaches so they do not stick to the bottom of the pan.
Continue to baste the peaches every 5 minutes until tender, about 10 minutes.
The peaches should remain firm around the center but soft to the touch.
the White Peach Sorbet:
- ¾ cup water
- ½ cup sugar
cups white peach purée (or 4 large white peaches, skins removed, pitted and puréed
in a blender)
- Juice of ½ lemon
Using a small saucepan over
high heat, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Dissolve the sugar, add the peach
purée and lemon juice, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and remove from the
heat. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until cool. Using an ice-cream maker,
process the sorbet according to the manufacturer's instructions. Place in a covered
container and freeze for at least 1 hour before serving.
For the Poppy
- 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
plus 1 Tablespoon confectioners sugar, sifted
- 4 large eggs, separated
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ½ cup poppy seeds, ground
- 1 Tablespoon
- Finely grated zest of ½ lemon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 8 by 2-inch round
cake pan, dust with flour, tap out excess; set aside.
In the bowl of a
mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, cream the butter and confectioners' sugar
on medium speed until light and pale. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing
well after each addition. If the mixture appears to curdle, the butter is not
soft enough: continue to whip the batter until the butter softens and the mixture
is smooth. Add the almond flour, poppy seeds, honey, lemon zest, cinnamon, and
salt and mix until combined. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and set aside.
Wash the whisk attachment and the bowl.
In the bowl of a mixer fitted with
the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites on low-medium speed just until foamy.
Increase the speed to medium-high and gradually add the sugar. Continue to beat
until the whites form stiff peaks. Using a rubber spatula, fold the meringue into
the butter mixture. Do not worry about over folding. The batter is dense rather
than light and fluffy.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Using an
offset spatula, smooth the top. Bake until golden brown and the cake pulls away
from the sides of the pan, about 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
Un-mold the cake and cool completely on a wire rack. The cake will fall slightly
as it cools.
To Serve: Serve each roasted peach with a slice of
cake and a scoop of white peach sorbet.