Blow the minds as well as your waistline with this healthy, lean and delicious peach dessert. This recipe is all about the peaches themselves. Let them enjoy the diva status they deserve.
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Lightly grease a baking dish. Slice the peaches in half, and arrange them cut-side up in the dish. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together 15ml oil, 10ml maple syrup, brandy (optional), a touch of coconut sugar or soft brown sugar, 1ml vanilla, 1ml cinnamon, and some salt salt. Spoon the mixture over the peaches, filling the center and letting it run over the sides.
Bake the peaches, uncovered, until the peaches are cooked through and fork-tender, about 30 minutes. Serve warm, topped with vanilla ice cream, Greek yogurt, coconut yogurt or a pour of heavy cream, as desired. If you want to be especially decadent top the peaches with some creamy ricotta or soft cheese of choice (vegan chevin would work too).
Washing peaches will remove most of the fuzz. Although the fuzzy skin is perfectly edible, it becomes tough when cooked. To remove the peach skin, blanch in boiling water for one minute and then immediately plunge into cold water to stop the cooking process. The skin should slip off easily. Do not let the peaches soak in the water.