You know those word association games/tests that psychologists (at least on TV) use to gain deep insight into your psyche? You know the one – they ask you to say the first word that pops into your mind when they say something seemingly innocuous like “mother” and then learn a lot about you depending on whether you reply with “love,” “lipstick,” “lazy,” or “laundry.” (Side note: this is not to say that those are my first four words for my mother; I was just going for some alliteration for your Sunday evening!) Well somehow I got to thinking about this in terms of dessert. If you were said imaginary psychologist and prompted me with “dessert,” these would be my words: “baking,” “oven,” “chocolate,” “sugar,” “sweet,” and “timer.” In my own self-psycho-analysis, I’ve concluded that I somehow only associate dessert with baked goods and a time-consuming process. This is, of course, not true at all. The moral of my story is that I need to branch out a little bit. (I played this game with Selim, and when I offered the word “dessert,” he immediately responded with “chocolate.”)
Tonight’s dessert is a perfect example. The prep-work is literally 2 minutes long, and you’re eating your dessert barely after you even thought about it! All you need is a couple peaches in your fruit bowl and a few standard pantry ingredients, and voila! You have a delicious dessert! Also, I think this is the perfect dessert to bridge summer and fall, aka the month of September. You’ve got the last of a your juicy summer peaches, but baked with some of your favorite fall flavors!
Honey Baked Peaches
- 2 peaches
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Slice peaches in half and remove the pit.
- Place cut side up on a foil-lined pie pan.
- Drizzle each peach half with some honey.
- Stir together all dry ingredients and then sprinkle over top each of the peach halves.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- After removing from the oven, drizzle with honey again!
- Serve as is or top with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!
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