I know that the title sounds like a scene from ‘Basic Instinct 3’ featuring Sharon Stone preparing a nice meal for an unsuspected “victim”. A couple of ripe peaches are placed on the kitchen counter, covered with a little honey and vanilla ice cream.
In reality, it is a simple and beautiful dessert made on my Traeger. Still, the end result is just as you might have pictured in your dirty mind – glistering warm peaches and ice cream slowly melting.
My inspiration for this dessert actually originated from our recent trip to Florida. We drove from NY state to Florida, a journey spread over two days/nights, crossed several states. One of the states we passed through was Georgia aka the Peach State.
We stopped at a roadside peach supermall, offering all kinds of peach-based products such as BBQ sauces, peach moonshine, snacks, candles, t-shorts, etc. I thought to myself “peaches would make an awesome dessert” cooked on the grill.
Contrary to popular beliefs, peaches are not native fruits in the US. They are actually from China and were brought to the US with settlers in the mid-1500s.
I dived into the internet and quickly discovered that grilled peaches are very common. Nothing unique about my “discovery”, unfortunately. Peaches have most likely been featured in many dishes and desserts since they arrived in the US with Spanish monks in the mid-1500s.
Anyway, let me share my recent encounters with these fruits, and how simple it is to make a super delicious dessert that will impress your family and dinner guests.
You only need a few simple ingredients
- Peaches, halved and pitted
- Olive oil
- Ice cream – I prefer vanilla ice cream, but you can pick the flavor you prefer
- Fresh honey (optional)
- Cinnamon powder (optional)
Calculate 1/2 a peach per person, although you can easily eat multiple halves.
Start to finish, not including your grill reaching the set temps, is approx. 10-12 minutes.
- Start your Traeger and set temp to 425F
- Wash the peaches and pad dry
- Cut peaches in half and remove the seed/stone/thingy
- Brush the insides of the peach with a little olive oil. It prevents the fruit from sticking to the grate.
- When grill is ready, place the peaches on the grate, “meat” side down
- Grill the peaches for roughly 7-10 minutes, depending on the size
- Check them after 5 minutes and turn them slightly to get a nice grill burn
- Remove when slightly soft, and place them on a plate or cutting board
- Sprinkle some honey over the peaches
- Serve the peaches with ice cream and a dusting of cinnamon
You have to try these delicious and addictive peaches. It’s so simple and fast that you have limited excuses for not starting up your grill, especially if you have a pellet grill.
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