4) In a small saucepan, heat the balsamic vinegar over low-medium heat until boiling. Reduce heat and cook for about one minute until the vinegar is syrupy. Let cool. The vinegar will get thicker as it cools.
NOTES: Grilling peaches is not new. However, my grilled peaches with mascarpone and balsamic drizzle gets special treatment with a basil infused olive oil to start. Once grilled and topped with the sweetened mascarpone, the addition of almonds gives it some crunch and the drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar gives it a delicious, sweet glaze. The flurry of flaky salt at the end brings it all together for one delicious bite. So good.
I love this in the summer when peaches are in season and you are outside grilling and enjoying a BBQ. It is the perfect finish to a great meal. And did I mention, super easy to pull together?
To get started, cut your peaches. Use slightly firm peaches (They’ll soften as they cook on the grill.) and cut along the natural indentation on the peach. Cut all the way around and cut through to the pit. Gently twist the two halves and they should separate pretty easily. If you are having trouble removing the pit, use a grapefruit spoon. This is my secret weapon when removing pits from stone fruit. The little ridges cut right through the peach and dig under the pit to remove it.
Then, using a pastry brush, brush the peach halves with the basil olive oil. Place on the grill or grill pan, flesh side down, and grill for about five minutes until you have nice grill marks and the peach is slightly warmed.
While the peaches are grilling, mix the mascarpone and sugar in a bowl. You can mix with a fork or use a hand mixer to blend everything.
Add the vinegar to a small pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Let it boil for about a minute to reduce and thicken. Remove from the heat and let it cool. The balsamic glaze will thicken as it cools.
Remove your peaches from the grill or grill pan and place on a platter. Using a small spoon or ice cream scoop, add about a tablespoon of the sweetened mascarpone to each peach half. Top with the sliced almonds and drizzle with the balsamic glaze. Finish with a sprinkle of flaky salt and a basil leaf.
It doesn’t get any easier or taste any better than this. Enjoy!
If you like this fruit dessert, be sure you try some of my other favorites.