Barbecued Peaches with Amaretto Mascarpone

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Serves4-8 people
Barbecued Peaches with Amaretto Mascarpone

Peaches have a tart sweetness that makes them the ideal fruit for a good grilling. We've we've added a splash of amaretto, giving these barbecued beauties a boozy edge. They make a luscious summer dessert served with rich dollops of amaretto mascarpone and crumbled biscuits for crunch.


  • For the peaches:
  • 50g demerara sugar
  • 2 tbsp amaretto liqueur
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 8 ripe peaches
  • For the amaretto mascarpone:
  • 250g mascarpone
  • 15g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp amaretto
  • 2 digestive biscuits

Prep: 15 mins + marinating | Cook: 10-15 mins

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1. To make the marinade for the peaches, stir the demerara sugar, amaretto, lemon juice and cinnamon together in a large dish.
2. Halve the peaches. Twist them and gently pull apart. Scoop out the stones with a teaspoon. Lay the peaches in the dish with the amaretto marinade, cut side up, and spoon the amaretto marinade over them. Leave them to marinate at room temperature for 30 mins to 2-3 hrs.
3. While the peaches marinate, make the amaretto mascarpone. Beat the mascarpone, icing sugar and amaretto together with a wooden spoon. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins. Crumble the digestive biscuits into a large bowl. Use a pestle or the end of a rolling pin to crush them into fine crumbs. Set aside.
4. Light your barbecue. It will take around 45 mins to get hot enough to cook on. When the coals are glowing white, it’s ready. Brush the grill with a little neutral tasting oil, like sunflower oil. Tip the marinade out of the peaches (but keep it for later), then place them on the grill, cut side down. Barbecue for about 5 mins, till they have char lines. Gently turn them over and barbecue for 5 more mins till tender.
5. Serve the peaches hot off the barbecue with spoonfuls of the amaretto mascarpone, sprinkled with the biscuit crumbs and drizzled with the leftover amaretto marinade.
6. Just Peachy
If it’s raining, you can cook these peaches under your grill at home. Grill them, cut side up, for 10-15 mins till caramelised and bubbling.
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