The classic combination of peaches and cream is as simple as it sounds: peaches, lightly sweetened and simmered, need only a splash of cold heavy cream and nothing more. Just remember to make this ahead of time for the peachiest results.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cut each peach in half along the crease, twist open, and remove the pit. Peel and slice. Cut slices in half to get roughly 2 cups of sliced peaches.

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  • Bring sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil until a syrup forms, about 3 minutes. Stir in peaches until coated. Bring syrup back to a light simmer, about 1 minute. Immediately remove from heat and pour mixture into a bowl.

  • Transfer peaches into a large bowl using a slotted spoon. Pour in heavy cream and stir to combine. Divide mixture between serving glasses, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until completely chilled and cream has absorbed all the peach flavor, at least 3 hours.

Chef's Notes:

If your peaches are very sweet, you can skip the simple syrup step.

My attempt at a cooked-cream version didn't turn out as good as the classic, but feel free to try it anyway: After Step 2, simmer heavy cream with 1/4 cup sugar until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 2 teaspoons lemon juice; let cool slightly. Transfer peaches into serving glasses using a slotted spoon; pour the warm cream on top. Cover glasses with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely chilled. Pour leftover peach syrup into a saucepan and simmer until reduced by about half, 3 to 5 minutes. Let cool briefly before spooning onto each serving.

Nutrition Facts

397 calories; protein 1.9g; carbohydrates 25.1g; fat 33g; cholesterol 122.3mg; sodium 38.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2019
So so easy! The hardest part was waiting for it to cool in the fridge. I separated a small part of the peaches & cream into a ramekin and put it into the fridge so I could test it early. I left the rest to chill overnight. :) I also discovered that a little bit of cinnamon adds so much to the flavor. I agree with Chef John that this dish doesn’t want for sweetness, but go ahead and sprinkle some cinnamon on top! I think any more sugar or vanilla flavoring would be too much. This dish is heavenly as it is. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2019
So so easy! The hardest part was waiting for it to cool in the fridge. I separated a small part of the peaches & cream into a ramekin and put it into the fridge so I could test it early. I left the rest to chill overnight. :) I also discovered that a little bit of cinnamon adds so much to the flavor. I agree with Chef John that this dish doesn’t want for sweetness, but go ahead and sprinkle some cinnamon on top! I think any more sugar or vanilla flavoring would be too much. This dish is heavenly as it is. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2020
Outstanding taste and simplicity. You might want to change the wording in step one regarding the halving and slicing of the peaches. While this wording probably works fine for freestone peaches, earlier varieties of cling or cling stone peaches require a little bit different technique. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2019
delicious & easy Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2020
Would add more peaches next time Read More
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