Peaches are seasonal. They come with the summer and go with autumn.
In their summer abundance they're really quite cheap so it's a good idea to squirrel them away for the winter.
The way to do this is by bottling them. My favorite way to preserve the fragrant stone fruit is in vanilla brandy.
Brandied peaches a versatile dessert. Use them in trifles, pair them with cheesecake or simply enjoy them with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice-cream or a dollop of clotted cream. They also make wonderful gifts at Christmas time.
While brandied peaches only take about 20 minutes to prepare, I bottle them for 3 months before eating them but trust me, it's worth the wait.
More Stone fruit recipes
- Baked Rice Custard with Vanilla Poached Plums
- Honey-baked White Nectarines with Yogurt
- Peach Melba Meringue
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