Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Favorite Miscreant's Poached Peaches
by SuSu, MaceVindaloo

It seems that many of our favorite stories have two "jokers" who seem to be goofballs, but they turn out to be highly reliable, good, loyal, heart-of-gold type of blokes. In Lord of the Rings, it's Merry and Pippin; in the Harry Potter universe, it's Fred and George Weasley. In the GFFA? Wes Janson and Hobbie Klivian, of course! And we felt each of these pairs could have committed the crime which resulted in this recipe.

Seems ripe fruit is too much of a temptation for any of our lads, who'd steal -- or "poach" -- some of the finer samples fresh from the tree. Those who care for them would then be compelled to hide their crimes from the rightful owners, but not because they advocated the crimes. Well, they sort of did, since the peaches really are irresistable, but if they are cooked and then covered in cream and coarse brown sugar, the farmers who raised them wouldn't recognize the fruit as their own even if the treat was served to them! But even if the Gaffer, Professor Sprout, or Soontir Fel were the unlucky victims of the theft, we think they'd forgive the miscreants for this delectable dessert. See if you agree!

This recipe works equally well with lusciously ripe pears, too!

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean pod, split
  • 6 peaches, split and pit removed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 6 teaspoons Demerara or Turbinado sugar
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and vanilla pod and heat till the sugar is dissolved. Lower the heat to a simmer, then the prepared peaches and cook gently until the peaches are soft.

Whip the cream using a chilled bowl and beaters till it forms soft peaks. It should not be too stiff.

Spoon the peaches into serving cups or bowls, pit-side up. Dollop whipped cream into the hollows, then sprinkle over with Demerara or Turbinado sugar. This is a brown sugar which is grainy, forming big crystals. The crunchy texture forms a nice contrast to the soft peaches.


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