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.

13 comments:

  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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)

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  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!!

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

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  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

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  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!

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  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.

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

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