Saturday, June 14, 2008

New Orleans & A Few Georgia Peaches

Receipe & image Courtesy of Williams -Sonoma

While having New Orleans on my mind here lately and with it being Peach season,-- I thought that this receipe for Peaches Foster looked worth trying! The receipe is an adaption of Bananas Foster, which is a staple at Commander's Palace & Brennan's in the Crescent City.

1/3 cup dark rum
1/2 cup golden raisins
8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter
2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
4 large, ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 quart vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
4 fresh mint sprigs

In a small bowl, pour the rum over the raisins and let stand until plump, about 30 minutes. In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and stir until melted and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and add the peaches. Cook, stirring gently so as not to break up the slices, until tender, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and stir in the raisins and rum. Heat until the rum is very fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, carefully tilt the pan, and ignite the rum with a long match. The flames will subside in about 15 seconds. Scoop the vanilla ice cream into 4 individual bowls. Ladle the peaches and rum sauce over the ice cream. Garnish each serving with some of the almonds and a mint sprig. Serve immediately. Serves 4. Receipe from Williams-Sonoma 's website.


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