Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream and Pecan Brittle

Grilled Peaches with Cream and Pecan Brittle

Grilled peaches with ice cream and pecan brittle is a delicious dessert that features ripe peaches that are grilled until caramelized and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a crunchy pecan brittle. The combination of the warm peaches, cold ice cream, and crunchy brittle creates a delightful contrast of textures and flavors.

To make grilled peaches with ice cream and pecan brittle, ripe peaches are sliced in half and grilled until caramelized on both sides. The grilled peaches are then topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of pecan brittle, which is made by melting sugar, butter, and corn syrup in a saucepan and stirring in chopped pecans. The mixture is then spread out on a baking sheet and allowed to cool and harden before breaking it into small pieces.

When served, the warm peaches and melted ice cream create a deliciously sweet and creamy base, while the crunchy pecan brittle provides a satisfying crunch and nutty flavor. The combination of textures and flavors makes grilled peaches with ice cream and pecan brittle a popular summer dessert that is both elegant and easy to make. It can be served as a refreshing end to a meal or as a sweet treat to enjoy on a warm evening.

SERVINGS: 4

PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 ripe peaches, pitted and halved
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and stir until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Brush the cut side of each peach half with the sugar and spice mixture.
  4. Place the peaches cut side down on the grill and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until they have grill marks. Flip and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. In a separate saucepan, combine sugar, water, 1 tablespoon butter, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to high and boil without stirring until the mixture turns a golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in pecan pieces and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Pour the mixture onto a sheet of parchment paper and let cool to form a brittle.
  7. To serve, place two peach halves cut side up on each plate. Top each with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and crumble the pecan brittle over the top.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS OR ADDITIONAL TIPS:

  • To make the peaches extra juicy, try marinating them in the sugar and spice mixture for 30 minutes before grilling.
  • You can also top the grilled peaches with a drizzle of honey or caramel sauce for extra sweetness.
  • For a vegan version, substitute the butter with a non-dairy alternative and use a non-dairy ice cream.
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