Caramelized Peaches are a simple way to prepare summer’s favorite fruit. Serve them with ice cream, whipped cream, over pancakes, french toast, or pound cake.
Just a few ingredients in this recipe
The fresh peaches are the star ingredient, after all. Being ourselves Georgia peaches and hailing from the “Peach” state we are pretty serious about our love of this fruit.
We’ve used them in Salad with Peaches and Blackberries, a unique Chilled Peach Soup and Peach Crumble. Heck, we even make Grilled Peaches and Peach-Mango Pie.
All of these recipes are fabulous, but truthfully we do like to keep it simple. Sometimes just a peeled peach (southerners always peel their peaches) cut into bite sized pieces is enough to make you sing.
Caramelized Peaches are almost that simple. Besides the fruit itself, there are just 3 ingredients with an optional sprinkle of cinnamon.
Cook peaches in a cast iron skillet
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If you’ve been around here long you know about our love of cast iron cooking, and these peaches are no exception. The naturally non-stick surface and the even heat make it perfect for making this easy summer recipe in just minutes.
If you don’t already have one, we’re linking you to a few selections. The size we used for this recipe is 8 inches, but of course you can easily double the amount and you’d need a larger skillet.
How to make caramelized skillet peaches
We highly recommend that you start with top quality, fresh peaches that are good and ripe, but not overly so. A freestone peach will come away from the seed and give you that pretty red center and even slices.
However, there are lots of varieties of peaches that are delicious. Our pals at The Peach Truck have written a comprehensive article on the best types if you’d like to read up. They won’t all be as pretty as the freestones, but they’re just as tasty.
Beyond peeling and slicing the peaches you’ll just melt butter in the skillet, add the peaches, brown sugar and a little flavoring like vanilla or bourbon. Cook over medium heat for 7-10 minutes, according to how firm or soft you want your peaches to be.
You’ll be stirring fairly constantly as that brown sugar and butter creates a caramelized coating. Finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.
Ways to serve caramelized peaches
- All by themselves – they’re that good!
- Over Sourdough French Toast
- rolled up in crepes
- over a split and toasted 3 Ingredient Buttermilk Biscuit
- topped with vanilla ice cream
- topped with homemade whipped cream
- over pound cake
- over french toast
- over pancakes
- 5-6 peaches washed, peeled and sliced
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1-1½ teaspoons vanilla extract or bourbon
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon optional
- Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.
- Add peaches to skillet and sprinkle with brown sugar, stirring well.
- Cook 7-10 minutes stirring until peaches are as soft as desired.
- Stir in bourbon or vanilla and cinnamon (if desired).
If you love all things southern like pecans, peaches and bourbon you’ll be sure to enjoy reading Southern Food: Then & Now.
Meenakshi Thakur says
Oh! these caramelized peaches look absolutely divine. Perfect topping for any dessert.
They really are! Thanks Meenakshi!
I love peaches in the summertime and these look like such an easy dessert to make!! Totally adding it to our menu for this weekend when we have friends coming over for dinner!
Hope everyone loves them! Thank you.
I’m always looking for new peach recipes and these carmelized peaches can go on about anything to create a delicious dessert.
So true…. Thanks, Sharon.
Sign me up for caramelized peaches topped with whipped cream. This looks so good I can’t wait to make this for my family!
Keep it simple, right?
I’ve been obsessed with peaches lately and I bought a few too many at Trader Joe’s so this recipe came at the perfect time!
Yay! Glad to hear it.
This is one of my favourite desserts. The perfect way to use peaches when they are in season.
Kyndra Holley says
Yum! What a perfect way to use up these delicious, juicy, summer peaches I had. I will definitely be making this again.
This recipe is exactly what I need! I’m about to have a couple of bushels of peaches from my backyard tree, and last year I ran out of easy ways to eat them! This is going to be perfect.
Lucky you! Enjoy.
I love these with ice cream! So perfect for a summer day. YUM!
I love this unique way of using peaches. We just picked some up and this recipe is so simple. Thanks for the suggestion and I know this will go so well with ice cream.
I made recipe to put over my cream of wheat then peaches caramelized juices over it.
I definitely will be making this recipe again for breakfast or dessert it just makes everything yummy yummy!!!❤
That sounds awesome. Thanks, Teresa!