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Poached peaches in mint syrup

It's late afternoon at the farmers market. Shoppers have had a few hours already to load up on white and yellow peaches and nectarines, apricots and three kinds of plums, but still there's a crowd around a counter where wedges ... Read more

Total time: 15 minutes plus several hours chilling time | Serves 4
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 whole ripe peaches (about 1 1/4 pounds), peeled
  • 18 mint leaves, torn
  • 4 mint sprigs

Step 1Combine the water and sugar in a deep 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the peaches. Simmer 5 minutes.

Step 2Remove the peaches from the syrup to a bowl. Stir the torn mint leaves into the syrup and simmer 1 minute. Pour the hot syrup over the peaches. Cool. Refrigerate several hours.

Step 3To serve, place each peach in a small bowl. Spoon syrup over and garnish with a mint sprig.

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