Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Boozy peaches set on fire then doused in cream.

Peaches for pyros, if you will.

Yesterday, my usual Monday ho-humness was overshadowed by the summer solstice.  For the first Monday in many Mondays, there was an unusually bouncy spring summer in every step I took in my Payless BOGO flats.

To celebrate, I wanted to make something fresh, fun and that didn't require preheating the oven.  I also had two peaches sitting on my counter that were less than 24 hours away from being overripe, as well as a bottle of Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that never sees the light of day unless I need to make spiked buttercream.

I discovered the perfect Rachael Ray recipe to kick off the balmy season...Fired-Up Peaches and Cream.

Here's what you'll need:

2 Tablespoons butter, cubed
2 medium ripe peaches, sliced
pinch ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 shots whiskey (hoo boy)
ice cream or whipped cream

I love recipes with consistent, whole-numbered measurements.  This recipe serves 2 people so if you want 3 servings, just increase the amounts by 1.  Simple math all the way down and easy to store up here (points to head.)

Over medium heat, melt the butter in a skillet.

Add in peaches.  Sprinkle with cinnamon then give them a stir.

Increase the heat to medium-high and let the peaches cook for a few minutes.

Mix in the brown sugar.

Let it get all gold 'n bubbly.

Now comes the fun part.  

The initially-terrifying-if-you're-home-alone-but-ultimately-fun part.

Remove the pan from heat then add the whiskey.  Tip the pan...

...and turn those peaches into a BLAZE OF GLORY!

If tipping the pan doesn't work, carefully light a corner of the sauce with a match or an extended lighter.

This is seriously the most badass thing I've ever experienced in the kitchen.

Although I have to admit, I was relieved when the fire started to subside.  The flames almost hit the stove hood when I first added the liquor.  I can't tell you how happy I am that Mike wasn't home when all of this went down.

When the flames burn out, spoon the hot peaches into bowls and top with a scoop of ice cream or some fresh whipped cream.

I love the way the brown sugar and the whiskey partner up in this dessert.  You can really pick up on the whiskey at the end of each bite.

Not a whiskey fan?  Substitute it with rum.  Designated driver?  Omit the alcohol.  Whatever floats your inner tube.

Now go out and find a river to be lazy in.


  1. I'll definitely be trying this one, though the thought of lighting alcohol on fire kind of freaks me out. I looooove peaches. Yum.

  2. I've been hit w/some sort of "welcome to summer" illness, appetite isn't all that. I came home and Ali offered up a bowl of these peaches...I inhaled them and wanted the rest for dinner.

  3. I've done this once with bananas foster, it was awesome. Never tried it with peaches - though I'm sure it's incredible. Yum.

  4. oh yum, nothing better than playing with fire! he he. I am glad the longest day is over myself, it has thrown my kids sleeping habits out of whack!

  5. Amy - what's even scarier is trying to man a big, bulky camera while your food is on fire.

    Mike - you can haz more zinc?

    Liam - I bet it would taste awesome with pineapple, too. And plums. Basically, I want any excuse to playing with fire.

    Jennifurla - the days will only get shorter from here. Your kids will be back on track in no time (or at least by the end of the summer)

  6. 8O (WIDE eyes) SO trying this! Candied fruit, cinnamon, booze and fire! Definitely got the scared part when you mention you're holding a CAMERA too! I have an apple at home...hellooo first victim. Thanks!!

  7. Criminy! This looks like my kind of dessert. Peaches? Check. Cream? Check. Booze? Check!! Bad-ass indeed.

  8. Melinda - give it a try! A fun experiment: have you husband take pics of you trying to take pics of the blazing pan, lol.

    Ms. Meanie - thanks :D

  9. Aww, I loved Breakfast Club. Such a classic. I cried when John Hughes died last summer. I even started a RIP John Hughes FB group I was that bummed.

    OK, I'm weird about choc chips in anything other than cookies, freak I am, I know... now those fired-up peaches wowzers. I'd make 'em virgin as I don't really like alcohol. Man, that looks good!

  10. So yeah I made these out in Colorado last week. Very very yummy, plus I got to convince the kids I was a total master chef.

  11. It's good to get the kids started at a young age.