Basil-Cinnamon Peaches

by Jessica on July 4, 2008

This is perfect for a picnic on a hot summer day – cool & refreshing with only 85 calories!! 🙂 I loved it!! Plus,I entered it into Joelen’s Fruit Frenzy event… double the greatness!

Cinnamon Basil Peaches

Basil-Cinnamon Peaches

1-1/2 c water
1/2 c sugar
3 strips lemon zest, 1″x2″ strips
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick, 3″ piece
3 ripe, but firm medium peaches, halved lengthwise & pitted (I used 5!!)
1/2 c packed fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped

Combine water, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and cinnamon stick in a large non-reactive saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the sugar dissolves. Add peach halves. Return to a brisk simmer, cover the pan and simmer, turning the peaches occasionally, until they are tender when pierced with a skewer or paring knife and the skins are loosened, about 20-25 minutes (depending on the ripeness of the peaches). Transfer the peaches to a plate with a slotted spoon.

Return the liquid to a boil and cook until reduced to about 3/4 cup, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the basil and let cool to room temperature, about 40 minutes.

Slip off and discard the peach skins. Place the peaches in a storage container and pour the cooled syrup over them. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours. Can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Cinnamon Basil Peaches 2

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joelen July 5, 2008 at 12:31 am

What a great summer refresher! You know, you could even submit this to the Fruit Frenzy blogging event I’m hosting (and maybe win the giveaway prize!) Details in my blog 🙂


2 Joanne July 15, 2008 at 8:48 am

I made this recipe a little different. I didn’t chop the basil and used 1/2 cup firmly packed basil.

Then I strained the juice before adding it to the peaches and chilling.

It was so delicious. Tonight when I serve it I’m gonna put a dollap of whipped cream on top. YUM!


3 Joanne July 15, 2008 at 8:51 am

I forgot to mention that I used Splender in place of sugar and cooked 6 peaches (not 3).


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