What's a perfect peach dessert? It's poached peaches in gelled wine, of course!
Oh yes - it's true - you can combine your favorite fruit and wine together for a knock-out combination...this is a light and refreshing summer dessert well known in the Mediterranean.
Ingredients for four people are as follows:
To start we gently wash the peaches, remove any stems and leaves, and peel the peaches. We put the fruit in a metal bowl and start up with the syrup....
In a big pot, we add the sugar and the water. The vanilla stick is shaved down the middle to remove the needed vanilla beans. A small knife may be necessary to scrape up the powdery vanilla beans from inside.
We then add the vanilla extract in the pot with the sugar and water. We start the fire on a medium flame, and you leave the mixture to start boiling for approximately five minutes. And after you put it in a big bowl.
**You can always tell when the mixture is starting to set by this simple test: scoop up some of the mixture in a spoon and let it slowly fall back into the pot. If it behaves like water, it needs more boiling. If it looks more viscous and thick, and if it “plops” back into the pot, you’ve reached the right consistency and texture.**
Now we put the peeled peaches in the bowl of syrup. We add in a big pot 34 ounces of water, putting it on a high flame, and when the water starts boiling, we add on the top of the pot the metal bowl with the syrup and the peaches.
The peaches are left to be lightly poached in the syrup for approximately ten to fifteen minutes, depending on the ripeness and size of the peaches. When they’re done, the fire is switched off and the poached peaches are left to cool down in the syrup.
Now - we take an eight ounce glass and fill it with some of the syrup from the pot, in which we add the white merlot. In that mixture, we also add the gelatin sheets to dissolve within the wine. Some people choose to pour the gelatin syrup through a fine strainer to filter out any small gelatin pieces that are unmixed. However, we think that by simply stirring the syrup mixture consistently, you can avoid this step all together.
Back to our peaches - we cut them from the one side so we can easily remove the pit and we put each peach in a small bowl (four total) on which we pour the gelatinous syrup wine mix.
As a nice pop of color and herbal flavor, garnish the peach bowls with a few leaves of spearmint each, and then place the bowls in the fridge to set for a couple of hours. The syrup will set, and the peaches will firm up nicely as well.
It’s refreshing, healthy, easy to make, and DELICIOUS!
Enjoy with white merlot - which is naturally fruity with peach aromas, which will greatly complement the peach dessert itself.