Martha Mondays: Grilled Vanilla PeachesPosted by in Food | Martha Mondays
Welcome to Martha Mondays. If you aren’t familiar, this is an open project where every week, we’ll cook, craft or do a Martha project together and then post or comment about it. The Martha Mondays recipe for August 10 was Grilled Vanilla Peaches, from August Martha Stewart Living.
I’m posting my take on it below. If you made it, or get a chance to make it, post your results on your blog (feel free to use the Martha Mondays logo so it is easily identifiable) and leave a comment here with a link. If you don’t have a blog or don’t want to blog about it, feel free to leave a comment about how it went for you.
I thought this recipe sounded delicious on paper – and it was easy. The first step was buying the peaches. Folks, I am ready to throw my hands up in frustration about this! I am having the worst time with peaches. I’m buying local peaches. First, I have to watch like a hawk to be sure the check out person does not smush them into the bottom of a bag or bounce them around over the scanner. Then half of them rot before they get ripe. It’s very frustrating and expensive!
I finally ended up with 8 peaches that were somewhat ripe. Martha says to halve the peaches. Well, the recipe calls for freestones. Our local peaches are not freestones, so I ended up have to cut around the pits. So my peaches are not as pretty as I would have liked.
You place the peaches on parchment, on top of foil (Martha does not want food to touch foil!). I brushed them with oil and lemon juice, then the brown sugar, cinnamon,vanilla, and salt mixture. I thought it was going to be yummy.
I wrapped up the package and Mr. MarthaAndMe grilled it for 15 minutes as directed. We opened the package and the peaches did not look very cooked to me. They were definitely hot though and there was a fair amount of juice, however.
I served them with vanilla ice cream as directed. The ice cream melted almost immediately since the peaches were so hot.
I served this dessert to a group of 10 at my parents’ lake house, but only a few of us actually sampled it. Everyone else was happy to just eat ice cream or the cake Teen Martha made (she’s been slowly working her way through the old Betty Crocker cookbook on the shelf – this week it was a delicious butter cake with chocolate frosting)! None of the kids would touch the peaches. My father was skipping dessert entirely that night, so he wasn’t involved. It came down to me, Big MarthaAndMe (my mom) and Mr. MarthaAndMe.
I wasn’t wowed by this dessert at all. The peaches did not have a very strong vanilla flavor. Big MarthaAndMe commented that she thought the dish would have been much better if you brushed the peaches with the flavoring then laid the peach halves directly on the grill so they could get charred and have a real grill taste. I agree with her (mom’s are always right). This tasted like partly cooked peaches with ice cream to me.
I wasn’t in love with the recipe, but it was fun knowing others out there were making too! So I want to hear how it went for you. Did you try it? Post a comment and let us know! Haven’t made it yet, but want to? Go ahead. There’s no time limit on Martha Mondays. You can make it whenever you want and report back.
Want to do another Martha Monday? I’ll post the assignment for the next Martha Monday in a separate post. Hope to see you there!
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I am looking forward to seeing how others got on. As mine aren’t true results (using the broiler and skillet) put an end to that I was intrigued to see how yours would turn out. But they look good. I think Big Martha&Me is right – putting the flavour on and then directly on to the barbecue might have been better – but probably not that pretty.
Can’t wait for everyone else’s notes to come in. This is exciting!
I liked the peaches! See my results here. http://sassysuppers.blogspot.com/2009/08/martha-mondays-grilled-vanilla-peaches.html
I’m pasting in some other links people left elsewhere on the site
Thanks Brette, This is fun! Can’t wait for the next assignment.
I did cook my peaches longer than 15 min. I had them in the oven while the steaks were grilling, then popped them on the grill. Because they were in the parchment pouch, I think the results would be the same if they were baked in the oven the whole time. You really didn’t get a “grilled” flavor. I used vanilla bean pulp b/c I had it on hand for the ice cream. It brought out the vanilla flavor, but would of been fine with just the brown sugar and cinnamon.
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# Nancy S Says:
August 11, 2009 at 9:58 am edit
I don’t have a blog, so here it goes. I really enjoyed making the grilled peaches, mostly because it’s something I never would have done on my own. I found it hard to halve the peaches after peeling them, so I also had some in quarters. I discovered I didn’t have any more parchment at the last minute so it cooked right in the foil, and they were delicious. My family loved them with the ice cream, even if it melted quite a bit. I definitely will make this again. Thanks for inspiring me!
My family and I loved the peaches! Can’t wait to make them for company. I posted at http://aspalife.blogspot.com/
We’re hoping to get to this on Wednesday. The recipe sounds so delicious. Maybe we’ll grill it for more than fifteen minutes and see how that works.
Yes, that would be interesting to see. How would you feel about putting a couple directly on the grill for comparison?
here’s our take on it. I did closer to 30 min and they were nice and soft. Do grill them with your food so they have time to cool down a little
That’s a good idea. The recipe doesn’t suggest that and it should.
I had fun making this dish. I altered it in a couple of ways that suited me better. I mean who wants to grill outside in 95 degree heat? Yuck. The peaches were yummy. You can read (and see) more about my Marth Monday Grilled Vanilla Peaches experience on my blog post: http://robynsnestblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/martha-mondays-grilled-vanilla-peaches.html