Roast peaches with lemon thyme

By Robert Thompson, August 23, 2012
Photo: david griffen, courtesy  of great british chefs

Photo: david griffen, courtesy of great british chefs

These peaches are summer on a plate and a wonderful treat, especially with the lemon thyme and vanilla ice cream accompaniment
Serves 4
Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes

6 peaches
1 bunch of lemon thyme
1 tbsp of honey
1 tbsp of brown sugar
Vanilla ice cream
250ml of double cream
250ml of milk
6 egg yolks
3 vanilla pods, split in half with the seeds scraped out
125g of caster sugar

To plate:
30g of whole almonds, peeled and toasted with a little icing sugar to caramelise


In a saucepan, whisk together the milk, cream and split vanilla pods and bring to the boil. Once the mixture is boiling, remove from the heat.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until pale. Pour on the milk and cream, whisking continuously until the mixture is fully combined.

Return the mixture to a clean pan and gently heat while continuing to stir. Cook until the mix coats the back of a spoon before straining into a bowl set over ice.

Cool the mix, then churn in an ice cream machine.

For the peaches, preheat an oven to 220°C. Slice the peaches in half and remove the stones. Place cut side up in a baking dish, and sprinkle each half with brown sugar, honey and lemon thyme leaves.

Roast in the oven for 20 minutes or until the peaches have softened and caramelised nicely — they should still hold their shape

To serve, arrange three peach halves on each plate with a quenelle of vanilla ice cream, toasted almonds and a little of the roasting juices

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Last updated: 11:49am, August 23 2012