Friday, July 26, 2013

Caramelized Peach with Berry Compote



I feel like the 'energizer bunny' after 4 weeks of bliss.  I am so excited to get back to routine, my family finds it strange that am working at jet speed to get the house back in order, so I can start doing what I love. Vacation was awesome 6 places in 4 weeks...met some amazing people ( post coming soon), family get-together that were memorable and lip smacking food. I think in all these years of my travels to India, this one has been special and memorable. Walking in the rain in Coorg, horrible terrible hair-days that would send finally teen and me in endless bouts of laughter, shopping on the streets of Bangalore with my husband's aunt, shopping with my sister in the unbearable heat of Delhi, eating roasted corn and getting drenched on Marine drive....the list is almost endless.

Finally teen had a friend over today and I wanted to make some thing special for them.  Well there is no free lunch, so had her friend model for me ;) After all the excess calories I have gained, you might think I might go easy... well, had to make something from the gorgeous peaches I bought yesterday ! The compote goes very well with the peach. I was so excited to see that my small basil plant had grown into a nice big bush in just 4 weeks, the basil flavor really worked well with the dessert, better than mint which was my first choice. 

Hope you are all having a great summer. Hugs to all of you and thank you for emails and messages on fb. 



3-4 peach (pitted)
generous helping of butter
brown sugar to taste

compote 

1 cup berries
1/2 cup apple juice
1/3 cup sugar
a pinch of red chili flakes


Heat a pan add a nice big dollop of butter roast one  peach till it is somewhat tender, add a little more butter ( or a lot more) a tsp of brown sugar and caramelize the peach. Don't over do it as it might become bitter. 

Compote :  take a cup of frozen mixed berries and 1/2 a cup apple juice or mixed fruit juice bring to a boil, sim for 15-20 min, add 1/3 cup sugar and sim for another 10 min, add the chili flake. Let it cool and refrigerate. 


Take the caramelized peach and pour a generous helping of compote on it and garnish with fresh basil or mint, you can even serve it with some vanilla ice cream. 



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