These Baked Peaches are browned with butter, filled with soft goat cheese or ice cream then drizzled with honey. Each bite is a warm, sweet and tangy blend of refreshing flavors. It’s the ultimate summer dessert. Feel free to customize it with your favorite ice cream or whipped cream.
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Baked Peaches recipe
Not sure what to do with all the peaches on your counter from the market? Outside of peach salsa, these baked peaches are the best way to go during peach season.
With only four ingredients, this perfect peach dessert is a succulent way to cap off a summer dinner outside. They’re light and refreshing and won’t leave you feeling over-indulged.
With a sweet and savory blend of flavors, they can be dressed up beautifully or as simply as you need them. You can top these warm, juicy peaches with savory goat cheese or a sweet scoop of ice cream.
Either way, these juicy baked peaches will leave you wanting more with each bite.
Why you’ll love this recipe
This easy baked peaches recipe is so easy and so good! You’re going to love it for a few reasons:
- You only need four ingredients. They’re the perfect “throw-together” dessert.
- This easy dessert comes together in roughly thirty minutes.
- Sweet peaches end up with a sweeter yet savory flavor that you’ll devour.
- There are so many options to switch up flavors that it makes it easy to make baked peaches all summer long!
With only four simple ingredients, you’ll be hard-pressed not to make this delicious dessert on a regular basis throughout the summer. Here’s what to grab from the grocery store.
Fresh peaches: Make sure to use ripe peaches for a sweeter, juicier flavor. Any peaches will work but freestone peaches are the easiest to work with.
Butter: The butter doesn’t need to be softened for this recipe. Both salted and unsalted will work depending on your flavor preference. We use unsalted for this recipe usually. You can also use plant-based butter for a vegan option.
Honey: You’ll want liquid honey for the baked peaches so that you can drizzle them. If you only have creamed honey on hand, warm it slightly beforehand. Whenever possible, use local as it tends to have the best flavors!
Goat cheese: This will melt slightly once added to the warm peaches. When buying your goat cheese log, opt for a soft and fresh variety so that it melts into each bite. You can skip it, substitute with feta, ricotta or cottage cheese — or go sweet with ice cream instead.
Toppings for baked peaches
These baked peaches make for the easiest possible summer dessert. This means that though this easy recipe is delicious, it can also be altered a bit based on what you enjoy and have on hand.
To serve this easy peach dessert, use some of the delicious toppings below to switch up the flavor. These are some of my favorite ways to enjoy them:
- Sprinkle the baked peaches with a dash of cinnamon when serving them.
- Drizzle the peach halves with maple syrup or brown sugar in place of honey.
- Mix together a blend of maple syrup, bourbon and vanilla for a boozy sauce to spoon over the goat cheese.
- Skip the goat cheese and use a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle of each browned peach instead.
- Add a touch of whipped cream to the top (delicious, especially with ice cream too!).
- Top them with a drizzle of caramel sauce in place of the honey.
- Spritz fresh lemon juice over top and add your favorite fruit, like fresh berries.
- Enjoy them for breakfast! Greek yogurt and granola would be a great addition, or cut them up over pancakes or French toast.
How to make Baked Peaches
You’ll have a succulent and flavorful dessert in just four easy steps:
- Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). If you haven’t already, halve the peaches and remove the pits.
- Use a knife, spoon or melon baller to remove any tough skin from the peach halves.
- Place the halved peaches in a baking dish with the skin side down. Fill the dish with water and place a piece of butter into the center of each peach.
- Bake the peaches for 30 minutes, then broil on high for 5 minutes. Remove the baked peaches from the oven and let the dish cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
- Transfer the peaches to a serving dish or place each one in a small bowl. Fill each half with a dollop of goat cheese and a drizzle of honey — or your favorite toppings! (Scroll up for some ideas.)
Tips & tricks
Here are some tips and tricks for making this the perfect summer dessert:
- Make sure to use ripe peaches to maximize the juicy flavor. Unripe peaches are tough and won’t cook as well.
- Freestone peaches work best here because the pit comes out easily. However, clingstone peaches like white peaches and yellow peaches will work too. Know that white peaches are known for having a milder flavor and tend not to be as sweet.
- Don’t underestimate letting the baked peaches cool slightly coming out of the oven. If you add the goat cheese and honey right away, you’ll have a melted puddle. Plus, the melted butter and the sugar content of the natural juice makes them really hot.
- Some people prefer to peel the peaches prior to baking them. However, it’s one extra step. Plus, the peach skin comes out a delicious golden brown color and helps to hold in some of the juicy flavors. If the skin doesn’t bug you texture-wise, leave it on!
- Baked peaches are best eaten fresh. If you need to store them, try to place them in an airtight container in the fridge without filling them first. You can reheat them in the oven on low and top them with fresh goat cheese and honey.
What to serve with Baked Peaches
If you’re not a goat cheese fan, serve them with your favorite vanilla ice cream or even peach ice cream.
Yes! Because of the high heat, when you bake peaches with the skin on it comes out very tender and falls apart in your mouth. The skin also helps hold in some of the juicy sweetness of the peaches.
Ripe peaches will provide the best, juicy flavor in baked peaches. As much as possible, choose soft, ripe peaches to maximize the sweetness in your dessert.
The great thing about peaches is that they pair well with just about any flavor. To maximize their sweetness, pair them with a sugar like maple syrup or honey. Cinnamon will bring out a more comforting flavor and vanilla gives them an aromatic feel to them. All of these options can take baked peaches from something simple to an elegant dessert.
More peach recipes
Here are some of our favorite peach recipes to try this time of year!
- Peach Simple Syrup
- Creamy Peach Popsicles
- Peach Bellinis
- Frozen Peach Daiquiris
- Blackberry Peach Whiskey Sour
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- 2 large peaches, washed, halved and pitted
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoons goat cheese
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Place the peach halves in a baking dish, skin side down. Fill the baking dish with water. Place a quarter of the butter in the center of each peach half.
- Bake for 20 minutes on the center rack, then broil on high for 5 minutes until brown at the edges. Remove from the oven and place baking dish on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
- Transfer peaches to a plate or bowl. Fill the peach halves with a dollop of goat cheese, then drizzle with honey. Serve warm.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g