Sunday, August 26, 2012

Peachy Maple Syrup


I’ve written before about how much I love peaches. Adore them. Crave them. Dream about them. Well, you get the idea.

Unfortunately I often buy more peaches at the farmers market than I can consume. (The Picky Eater says he likes peaches, but he never eats any of them. Hum.)

 
 
What to do when faced with a bowl of almost-too-ripe peaches? All summer I’ve seen lovely photos, blogs and articles featuring yummy-looking peach cakes, muffins, ice creams, tarts, pies, etc. But I wanted to do something different.

A craving for pancakes was my inspiration. I would take those really, really ripe peaches and make them into peach pancake syrup. I got the idea from another food blog (I don’t remember which one, unfortunately) where the writer raved about pancakes from a New York City diner served with a cherry compote. But I hated the thought of giving up maple syrup for the peach variety, so I just combined both!

 
 
I used real, 100-percent maple syrup for this recipe. After two decades of living in New England, I can’t imagine ever switching back to the imitation kind.

 
 
 
 
 

Since the peaches were so ripe, they released plenty of juice.  If yours are on the hard side, you may want to add a little water to get the right consistency. Also, if you’re peaches aren’t very sweet, give the syrup a taste and add a little sugar if necessary.

 
 
 
 
 
I served this yummy, peachy syrup over my multigrain pancakes, and the combination was perfect! I may have to try it over French toast tomorrow. Maybe some waffles? Oh and ice cream! Mmmm…

 
 
 
 
 
Peachy Maple Syrup

2 cups sliced and pealed fresh peaches (frozen would work, too.)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup 100-percent pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
Pinch of salt

Place the sliced peaches into a heavy medium-sized sauce pan. Toss them with the lemon juice, and then add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the syrup has reached the desired thickness, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm.

2 comments:

Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen said...

Linda, these look fab. Peaches aren't great here so lightly cooking them as you have done would really bring out the flavour.

~~louise~~ said...

I've got a bunch of peaches sitting on the counter that need tending to yesterday!!!

I may just give this notion a try. However, that would mean I would need to make Marion some home made "something" to serve it on, lol...

Thanks so much for sharing, Linda...