It’s official. It’s the last day of #CookoutWeek. I’m kind of sad to see it go. There have been SO many great recipes from all of the bloggers who have participated. If you haven’t seen the list of participating bloggers or entered the giveaway, you should definitely check out Monday’s post! That being said, there’s no way that I could let this week come to an end without dessert. That’d be almost criminal, don’t you think? I do. So that’s why today’s recipe is Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Whipped Cream.Whatcha doin’ with those peaches? Why not grill ‘em! Check out this #CookoutWeek dessert!Click To Tweet
I love grilled fruit. I mean LOVE it. There’s just something indescribable about the combination of natural sweetness and that smoky grilled flavor. When you add a spiced whipped cream, you get the contrast of that extra spice as well. All together, it creates such a well-rounded, balanced dessert that you won’t be able to keep your spoon out of.
Chris had never had grilled fruit before, so I was a little bit apprehensive about planning on this as dessert for the evening. After thinking about it, I decided to just go for the gusto and give it a shot. As I sliced the peaches, he eyed the whole assembly process a little bit suspiciously. I could just tell that he was sitting there wondering just how this whole thing was going to work. Once I got the peaches sliced in half and pitted, it was off to the grill.
When you place peaches cut-side down on the grill, it allows the sugars in the fruit to caramelize over the heat. You get those great grill marks and the smoky hint in the fruit while actually enhancing the fruit’s flavor. The peaches softened within just a few minutes, and the grill marks looked perfect. That’s when I set off to make the whipped cream.
I knew that I didn’t want just any old whipped cream for this. I wanted something that was going to add another layer of flavor to the dessert. I decided to add cinnamon because the warmth of the spice paired well with the creaminess of the whipped cream and the brightness of the fruit. Once the whipped cream was done, I put a little bit on top of each peach and let everybody dig in. Let me tell you what – it was an interesting few minutes.
“Where has this been all my life?!?”
That might have been his first response. Yup – this combination is THAT good. It’s perfect for summer because peaches are at their peak, and there’s no heating up the house to make dessert. I love that there’s very little sugar in the whipped cream and just the natural sugars in the fruit. If you’re looking for a way to get out of the dessert rut or you want something special to serve for your Fourth of July cookout, this is a great dish to put on the menu!
- 3 peaches
- 16 ounces heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Dash salt
- Chill a mixer bowl and beaters in the freezer while you prep the peaches.
- Slice the peaches in half and remove the pit.
- Place each peach half on the grill with the cut side on the grate.
- Cook the peaches for ten minutes or until they’re soft and the sugars have started to caramelize.
- Put the bowl and beaters on the mixer, then add the whipping cream.
- Turn the mixer on medium-high and let it work until the cream starts to thicken.
- Pour in the granulated sugar slowly so that it incorporates.
- Add the vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Let the mixer run, scraping the sides, until the cream is thick enough to maintain a peak. Don’t whip it much beyond that, because you’ll end up with sweet cinnamon butter (that’s not a bad thing, but it certainly wouldn’t work for this)