Layers of sweet, salty, creamy, and fresh come together in a summer dessert exposion.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 3 to 4 freestone peaches
- Fluer de Sel, optional
- Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Pour sugar and water in a saucepot. Bring to a rapid simmer over medium heat and swirl (don’t stir with a spoon) the mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Without stirring, let simmer until the color changes to light brown, about 5 minutes, then turn off heat. Slowly stir in cream until combined. Add bourbon and salt and stir until smooth. Set aside until needed.
- Next, split the vanilla bean down the center with the tip of a sharp knife. Open to expose the seeds. Using the blade of the knife, gently scrape the beans out of the pod. In a bowl, stir to combine mascarpone and vanilla beans. Set aside till needed.
- With a knife, slice the peaches in half and discard the seeds. Lightly brush the flesh with canola or grapeseed oil to prevent sticking to the grill. Place cut side down on the grill for 3 to 5 minutes until the peaches are warmed and lighly scorched.
- Fill the peaches with a large spoonful of the vanilla mascarpone and place on a serving plater or in individual bowls.
- If the bourbon caramel sauce is too thick reheat it slightly on low heat until it returns to the right consistancy. Spoon caramel over the peaches, sprinkle with a pinch of Fleur de Sel (optional), and serve. Store any remaining salted bourbon caramel sauce in the refrigerator for up to a week.
note: I find this easy to make when I’m using the grill for dinner but if you do not want to light the grill only to use it for 3 minutes, place the peaches on a baking sheet and under the broiler for 5 minutes or until they are warmed through.