Philacatessen | A Peach of a Dessert


I love desserts. I love to make them, share them, eat them, invent them … but I have a family that tends to avoid them in large measure.

My son is supremely picky — anything that contains fruit, nuts or is not chocolate is out of the question. As a competitive rower, my daughter is on a perpetual fitness regimen, and my husband is just obsessed with being skinny.

That leaves me a bit isolated in the dessert realm — but a girl’s gotta live, so I try to indulge myself and ignore them.

This year’s bumper crop of peaches inspired me to create a super simple but ever-so-yummy parfait for consumption while we binged on Game of Thrones. (Yes, I know we are behind the trend, but we have never been called “cutting edge.”)

In addition to being delicious, the parfaits were pretty and dramatic. Serving them in stemmed glasses made them look festive and inspired my usually abstemious spouse to utter an uncharacteristic “YOLO!” and dive into one.

Here’s what I did:

Perfect Peach Parfaits

Serves two

2 ripe, juicy peaches

1 teaspoon sugar

Sprinkle of cinnamon

Juice of ½ lemon

6 lady fingers (the sponge cake variety)

¾ cup whipping cream

1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla

About an hour before serving (or longer) peel and chop the peaches, reserving as much juice as possible in the bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice (to prevent browing), sugar and cinnamon, and set aside at room temperature.

Whip the cream until fairly stiff; add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and mix until incorporated.

Separate the lady fingers and line wine glasses with them on the bottom and up the sides. You may need to break them up to fit properly.

Spoon the peach mixture into the glasses, reserving a few pieces for the top.

Cover with whipped cream and top with the remaining peach pieces and a drizzle of the juice.


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