Friday, 7 June 2013

Recipe: Warm Baked Peaches With Basil & Honey

Sometimes I like to go to the farmers market without a plan. No shopping list; I just buy what looks particularly fantastic and just run with it when I get home and try and come up with something. Problem is, because I have (inherited from my mother no doubt) a phobia of wasting food, I don't do this enough as I like to have every meal meticulously planned and itemised on a shopping list before I go shopping so there is no waste. To try and snap out of this I'm going to set myself a resolution when I move back to London to go to Borough Market at least one Sunday a month with no shopping list, and see what I come up with. I know it will make me a much better cook with a much greater love for seasonal ingredients. 
A recent success I have had for a recipe that I came up with from what I had on hand that starred the local peaches I have been picking up without rhyme or reason from my local farmers market here in Los Angeles is this one for warm baked peaches cooked with honey and fresh basil; I've been enjoying it as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream a couple of nights a week. The recipe, as ever is adapted from the BBC Good Food website; it is a great resource for trying to cook with seasonal ingredients; just type what you've got into the search box and see what comes up. They also have a great section on their site for what is seasonal when.

  • 2 Ripe Peaches (I've used yellow, but this is equally as delicious with white)
  • 4 Large Basil Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • Juice of 1/2 Orange
  • 15g Unsalted Butter
  • Vanilla Ice Cream, to serve

Cut the peaches into thick slices. Shred the basil. Melt the butter in a small frying pan over a medium heat. Add the peaches and cook for a few minutes until the pan face of the peach slices are browned slightly. Flip the peach slices and repeat. Add the juice and the honey and turn up the heat a little until the mixture is bubbling and has formed a slight syrup. Stir in the shredded basil and serve with a scoop of ice cream. Enjoy!

This recipe serves one, so just duplicate the values in the recipe depending on how many people you are planning it serve! Let me know how they turn out for you. 


  1. This sounds delicious, I can't wait to make it myself!

  2. This sounds wonderful! I'm the exact same as you- I plan our meals down to the last ingredient because I just hate wasting food. I'm going to follow your lead and challenge myself to try and cook more spontaneously sometimes too! Love the sound of this recipe, I used to make something kind of similar with halved nectarines, cruched ginger biscuits, orange and honey. So delicious!

  3. I love fresh peaches but I would never have thought to try basil with them, it sounds delicious!

    Maria xxx

  4. Yummm!!! I have a peach tree in my back garden! Know exactly what I am making for desert on Sunday, thanks Rachel :)
    Emily xx

  5. ooh, this looks incredibly good! The combination with fresh basil sounds really interesting!!

  6. I love doing the same at the Farmer's Market. No plan is the best. :-) This peach dish is absolutely gorgeous!

  7. This sounds totally delicious! I also hate waste, so I also never go food shopping without a list, but I think maybe I need to dare to be more spontaneous sometimes!

  8. I love peaches. I am so excited for them to come back in season, and the idea of mixing with basil is brilliant.

    Your idea about going to a market and challenging yourself to make something with what you pick up is brilliant, but I'm the same — I'm so worried about wasting food that I rarely do it. Maybe I should try and focus on the challenge a little more.

  9. Yum! I made some baked peaches the other day with coconut oil, almonds and blackberries. Never had it with basil though, seems like a must!

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog


  10. This looks like such a good stodgy pudding replacement for summer! I never think of putting basil with fruit but after trying it with strawberries and loving it it's probably worth being a little more adventurous!

  11. these look absolutely beautiful! I could eat them by the bowlful!