Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Amaretti Baked Peaches

In my previous post, I proclaimed my love of almonds and almond flavors. This post also embodies all things almond by using amaretto, amaretti cookies, and slivered almonds. It's pretty much the trifecta for almond lovers. And as far as desserts go, I'm not going to say it's healthy... but it's definitely not as indulgent as most desserts!
I saw Ina make grilled peaches with amaretto a few years back. I had planned to make them so many times, but finding ripe, seasonal peaches in Indiana wasn't easy. Now that I'm in Florida, there are farmer's markets with fresh, seasonal Georgia peaches all through late spring/early summer. I'm in heaven!
I was at World Market, browsing through the food section, which I must comment on. Though it's a very small section of the store, they literally have every ethnic food I have ever had a hard time finding, and at a reasonable to cheap price. If you're ever stuck looking for an obscure ingredient, I highly recommend trying World Market. They also make their own name brand Nutella like spreads, gourmet stuffed olives, and many other delicious, cheap gourmet food items. It was here that I found a bag of Amaretti Snaps, which just might be my new favorite bagged cookie.
After finding those cookies, and the fresh peaches at the market, this dessert was begging to be made. We didn't have our grill yet when I made these, so I baked them. I also didn't feel the need to add sugar and other ingredients. I kept these simple, and the three main components were the stars of the dish. Served with a little vanilla ice cream, this was the perfect dessert!

Amaretto Baked Peaches

6 peaches, washed, halved and pitted
2 cups crushed amaretti cookies
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup amaretti liquor
1/2 gallon Vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place peaches cut side up in a baking dish.
Add 1/4" of water to the pan.
Sprinkle a mound of crushed cookies in the cup of each peach.
Sprinkle with almonds.
Drizzle with the amaretti.
Cover with foil, place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Remove foil, bake for another 5 minutes, until peaches are tender.
Remove from the dish, plate and serve with ice cream.


Debbi Smith said...

Yum! I love baked peaches though I don't make them often. These look fantastic! Thanks!

Debbie said...

Ohh I have never had baked peaches and its peach season in Texas now too, I will definitely have to try this!

Dawn said...

These look amazing Ashlee. I love world market!

Natalie said...

What a great dessert idea! I just made a upside down peach amaretto cake (it'll be posted soon)but this is much healthier, thanks :)

and I'm a world market lover too!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for fresh peaches to make this recipe! This looks great and simple.

cedar chests said...

I don't make this always because we never had peaches everyday. But this is so yummy.

Joanne said...

I love fruity desserts, especially when they are simply prepared like these! Oh and almonds...amaretto is SO good.