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Wine Poached Peaches with Ice Cream


  • 3 cups red wine

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 whole cloves

  • 2-3 whole peppercorns

  • 1-2 strips lemon rind

  • 2 large peaches, halved and pitted

  • 1 pint vanilla bean ice cream

  • Whipped cream, in canister

  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to garnish


Combine the wine, sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorns, and lemon rind in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stir to dissolve the sugar, and reduce the heat to a bubble.

Bring the poaching liquid to a boil and cook on high heat until reduced to a syrupy texture. Add the peaches and poach the fruit, spooning the syrup over them occasionally, until you can pierce the peach easily with a knife, about 5 minutes.

Put the peach halves in 2 dessert bowls. Top with ice cream, whipped cream, and drizzle with the poaching syrup. Grate a little nutmeg over the top.