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Prosecco Poached Peaches with Homemade Amaretti

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Make Prosecco poached peaches when you want to serve an impressive dessert without a lot of fuss. Serve with crisp, airy amaretti meringue cookies or your favorite simple cookie.

Prosecco Poached Peaches with Homemade Amaretti

I had an image of a classic, sparkling peach Bellini in my head while I was deciding what to do with some late summer fruit.

And then I went from cocktail thoughts to the idea of sweet, chilled peaches in syrup, which made me want a crunchy little something to go with it, which led me to the oven to make some amaretti cookies.

If you give a mouse a glass of Prosecco, she’s going to want Prosecco poached peaches to go with it!

Poaching peaches

Poaching a peach softens its texture a bit, so it’s a good idea to use fruits that aren’t fully tree-ripened and ready to eat (if you’re lucky enough to get some of those), not rock-hard.

Unfortunately, that’s usually the case with most peaches you bring them home from the cold-storage chill of the grocery store.  

Getting the fruit a day in advance and leaving them out at room temperature overnight seems to do the trick.

Homemade Amaretti Cookies

These amaretti cookies are a lot like macaroons in texture.

I prefer to very slightly underbake them to get a crunchy exterior and a chewy inside.

The recipe makes more cookies than you’ll might need for dipping into the peachy syrup, but they keep for weeks in an airtight container.

They would be delicious crumbled over No-Churn Peach Gelato or your favorite flavor of ice cream.

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peaches in prosecco with homemade amaretti cookies

Peaches Poached in Prosecco with Homemade Amaretti

Karen Tedesco
Cool and refreshing Prosecco poached peaches are an easy but impressive dessert. Serve with homemade amaretti or your favorite simple cookie.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Inactive Time 4 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs
Course Desserts
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

For the poached peaches:
  • 4 peaches, freestone
  • 1 bottle Prosecco or dry sparkling wine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon peach flavored liqueur
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Lemon verbena leaves, optional
For the amaretti cookies:
  • 1 ⅔ cups blanched slivered almonds, lightly toasted and cooled
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon Amaretto, or add another teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Instructions 

Poach the peaches
  • Score an X on the bottom of each peach with a small sharp knife. Drop the peaches into a 3 or 4-quart saucepan of boiling water and simmer 5 minutes. Drain them and let cool for a few minutes before slipping off the skins. Slice the peaches into halves and remove the pits.
  • Pour 3 cups Prosecco into the same saucepan. If the Prosecco is nice and cold, pour the remaining ½ cup into a glass and take a sip. If for some reason you’re not indulging in the bubbly, just pour the whole bottle into the pan (sadly).
  • Stir the sugar, lemon juice, liqueur, salt and lemon verbena leaves if using into the Prosecco.
  • Bring to a simmer and gently drop the peaches into the pan. Simmer the peaches until just tender when you poke them with a toothpick but not mushy, 10 – 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool then transfer to the refrigerator to chill at least 4 hours. Discard the lemon verbena leaves.
To make the cookies:
  • Heat the oven to 325 (160 C) degrees.  Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Grind the almonds with the powdered sugar in a food processor until finely ground, being careful not to grind too much or you’ll make almond paste.
  • Whip the egg whites in a standing mixer until soft peaks begin to form. Add the extract and amaretto. With the mixer running gradually add the granulated sugar and beat until the egg whites are very stiff and fluffy.
  • Pour the almond mixture over the egg whites and gently fold with a spatula until the dry ingredients are just incorporated. Scoop the batter into tablespoon-sized mounds 1-inch apart on the baking sheets (I like to use cookie scoop)
  • Bake 12 -15 minutes for a lightly golden cookie with a soft and chewy interior. Rotate the pans from front to back  and top to bottom halfway through baking so they bake evenly. Cool the cookies completely.
  • Serve the peaches in small bowls with the cookies along side or crumbled over.

Notes

Amaretti recipe adapted from Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy by Alice Medrich.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 884kcal | Carbohydrates: 160g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 637mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 150g | Vitamin A: 492IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 2mg
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