Vanilla poached peaches
Until this year, our homecook hero, Neill Johanson's cooking repertoire was confined to the weekend barbecue. "I was a pretty ordinary cook. I could do a mean T-bone, but that was about it," the architect and father of three says.
Photo: Marco Del Grande
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- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 split vanilla beans
- 6 large peaches, halved
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Fresh mint leaves
Boil water in a saucepan and reduce to a simmer. Add sugar and vanilla beans and simmer until sugar dissolves.
Simmer peaches in water for 2-3 minutes each side. Remove peaches, allow to cool and peel off the skin.
Reduce remaining syrup by simmering for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and, when cooled, add lemon juice and mint.
Serve peaches and syrup with vanilla ice-cream.