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Category: Dessert

Title: Grilled Peaches with Fresh Cherry Sauce


For the sauce:
1 lb dark Northwest cherries, pitted (about 1 cup)
1 T sugar
1/2 c dry red wine
1 t balsamic vinegar
1 t kirsch (cherry liqueur)

For the peaches:
4 medium peaches
2 T unsalted butter
2 T brown sugar
1 c vanilla ice cream
4 cookies


For the sauce:
1. To make the cherry sauce: In a sauté pan over medium-high heat, combine the pitted cherries, sugar, red wine, and balsamic vinegar.
2. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is soft, 6 to 8 minutes.
3. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and purée until completely smooth.
4. Return the mixture to the sauté pan over medium-high heat.
5. Add the kirsch.
6. Simmer until reduced to about 1/4 cup, 1 to 2 minutes.

For the peaches:
1. Cut the peaches in half and remove and discard the pits. Place the halves in a medium bowl.
2. In a small saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter and brown sugar together.
3. Coat the peaches with the butter mixture.
4. Grill the peaches over direct medium heat until grill marks are clearly visible and the peaches are soft, 10 to 12 minutes, turning once halfway through grilling time.
5. While the peaches are still warm, layer each serving glass with 2 peach halves, 1 scoop ice cream, and 1 tablespoon cherry sauce.
6. Tuck a cookie into each glass. Serve immediately.

Recipe provided by the Northwest Cherry Growers.


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