Spiced peaches with mascarpone

    Spiced peaches with mascarpone

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    27min


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    The heat of a whole fresh chilli brings out the exquisite sweetness of the peaches in this spicy dessert, while sweetened mascarpone makes a refreshingly different alternative to cream.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon caster sugar
    • 2 star anise
    • 1-cm length cinnamon stick
    • 1 red chilli
    • 2 thin slices fresh root ginger
    • 1 lemon
    • 1kg peaches, firm but ripe
    • 200g mascarpone cheese

    Directions
    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Ready in:27min 

    1. Put water on to boil for the peaches. Pour 150ml water into a large saucepan and add ½ cup caster sugar, star anise, cinnamon, chilli and ginger. Stir over moderate heat until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil.
    2. Slice off 3 strips lemon rind, add to the sugar syrup, reduce the heat and simmer.
    3. Halve the peaches and discard the stones. Put the halves into a bowl, cover with boiling water, leave for 1–2 minutes, then drain and peel. Cut each half into 4–6 slices and add to the syrup.
    4. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 4–5 minutes, or until just softened. Meanwhile, squeeze the juice from the lemon.
    5. Stir the remaining caster sugar into the mascarpone.
    6. Remove the spiced peaches from the heat and add the lemon juice. Transfer to individual dishes and serve, warm or cold, with a little syrup and the mascarpone.

    VARIATION

    When served warm, this dessert makes an excellent accompaniment to pancakes, waffles or ice cream.

    NUTRIENTS PER SERVING:

    good source of vitamins B group and C.

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