Source: Food and Wine Quick from Scratch

Baked Peaches with Almond Paste
Stuff ripe, juicy peach halves with pureed almond paste and then bake them until tender and golden for an easy dessert.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


4 peaches, halved and pitted
6 ounces (about 1/2 cup) almond paste
3 tablespoons hot water
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons butter, cold, cut into 8 pieces

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Put a rack on a baking sheet and then put the peaches on the rack, skin-side down.

In a food processor, puree the almond paste, water, and lemon juice. Spoon the almond mixture into the centers of the peaches. Top each mound of almond paste with a piece of the butter.

Bake in the lower third of the oven until the peaches are tender and the almond paste is golden brown, about 25 minutes. Serve warm.

Puree the almond mixture ahead of time if you like, but wait until the last minute to cut and stuff the peaches, or they’ll turn brown.

Peeling the Peaches: Peel the peaches or not, as you like. The blush on the skin is pretty, but during taste tests, most of us pulled off the peel and pushed it to the side of the plate.