Really ripe juicy peaches tossed with a bit of lemon juice and sugar then sauteed with creamy butter is just heaven. It’s tastes sinfully wicked for the waistline but in reality, it’s just a little extra sugar and butter with some fruit. It’s an option when you want a sweet ending to your healthy meal such as a nice main course dinner salad. Healthy, tasty and well-balanced doesn’t have to be complicated. Serve as is in this recipe either warm, room temperature or chilled.

Let the sugar and butter caramelize in the pan and pour over dessert of your choice is another option for those feeling a little naughtier with their diets. Some choose to serve it with luscious caramel ice cream, or like my daughter who opts for individual chilled flans where you can add this recipe to a custard or vanilla pudding recipe, chill and serve. I prefer to serve this recipe with ice cream and lemon cake (both, together, layered).

This dessert is perfect for those week nights where you don’t have much more energy than stir a few ingredients around in a skillet and when you have almost overripe peaches needing immediate attention. Peeling is optional. Sugar dosage depends on the sweetness of your peaches and your preference. Healthy desserts can be quick and easy. And they can taste fantastic.

I have not tried it with brown sugar but I think it will add a bit of added flavor to your caramel since brown sugar tends to work better when you are cooking it into a caramel. The contrast between the hot peaches and the cold ice cream or chilled flan is extremely comforting and highly recommended by this cook, especially if you are a little homesick for those sweet summer peaches and are looking for a little taste of home.

Sauteed Peaches au dessert

Using really ripe and not-so-pretty peaches. Peeling takes a few extra moments to prepare this dish but the result is a smoother, softer dessert.

  • 4-6 ripe peaches, yellow or white
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Peel and slice peaches; toss with lemon juice; set aside until ready to serve dessert (cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate if not using right away). Melt butter on medium-high heat (without burning butter), add sugar and stir until creamy. Add peaches and saute for 5-8 minutes or until peaches are hot and sugar/butter mix starts to caramelize. Stir frequently to avoid burning and sticking.

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