You may think Georgia peaches are it, and, if so, this likely proves you do not live in Colorado, thus not yet familiar with Palisade Peaches. Yup, my friends, Colorado has the greatest peaches and Palisade is where they’re from. Large and sweet with a slight tang; juicy, but able to hold their shape. Heaven.
A neighbor brought back a flat or two and was kind enough to share with the hood. This pilgrimage to the peaches deserved recognition in peach preparation, so I searched out a recipe I have long been wanting to try:
Bourbon-Poached Peaches. Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.
Eat over vanilla ice cream or greek yogurt, puree and put in a cocktail, or simply, eat straight from the jar–just don’t waste the syrup. It’s devine.
6-7 large peaches, more small
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup bourbon (I used Leopold Brothers whiskey from Colorado)
1 heaping cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla paste (or 2 scraped vanilla beans - either of these will provide the nice flecks)
- Skinning the peaches: bring a large pot of water to a boil. Prepare ice bath (ice in large bowl, filled with water to quickly cool the peaches after they boil). Cut small crosses on the bottom of your peaches. Boil peaches in water for about a minute.
- Remove peaches from boiling water and place in ice bath. When cool, peel the skins off the peaches (a very rewarding step I must admit; they are so smooth and shiny!).
- Slice into wedges (that-oooh, they are so smooth and shiny quickly turns to - damn, these are slippery little $#%&#$@! Be careful with that knife; rinse hands often).
- Making the syrup: add the water, sugars, vanilla and whiskey to a pot. Bring to a boil. Let it cook off a bit and reduce. You are melting the sugar, creating a syrup, cooking off the alcohol and letting it thicken.
- When cooked off by about a third, add your peach wedges. Cook some more - not boiling - a few minutes. Peaches are imparting their flavor to the syrup and vice versa, but peaches should be able to hold their shape. If they start falling apart, pull immediately from the stove.
- Store peaches in cutesy jars, filled with syrup, and deliver to the neighbors, like me. I love them and am almost out. (store in refridgerator)