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Roasted Peaches with Vanilla, Spice and Honey

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Fredericksburg peaches are in season now.

Fredericksburg peaches are starting to show up in farmers markets. This recipe, from the new “Gordon Ramsey’s Healthy Appetite” (Sterling Epicure, $24.95), uses no sugar and only a little honey to sweeten it. But the end result will please even the sweetest tooth.

Roasted Peaches with Vanilla, Spice and Honey

4-5 ripe but firm peaches
2 cinnamon sticks
2  star anise
1vanilla bean, split
3-4 teaspoons  runny honey
Generous splash of peach liqueur  or peach  schnapps or brandy (see note)
Plain yogurt, to serve

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the peaches in half and prise out the pits. Slice the peach halves into wedges and arrange on a nonstick baking  sheet. Add the spicesand vanilla bean, then drizzle over the honey and peach liqueur.

Bake the peaches for 10 to 20 minutes until they are just tender and slightly caramelized around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Serve with a generous spoonful of yogurt.

Note: Use apple juice to keep alcohol free.

Makes 4 servings.

From “Gordon Ramsey’s Healthy Appetite”

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