If you’re looking for a simple yet elegant dessert to impress your guests or satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further than Baked Balsamic Peach Delight. This recipe combines the natural sweetness of peaches with the richness of balsamic vinegar and the warmth of cinnamon, all topped with a luscious maple whipped cream.
I am excited to introduce you to a simple, delicious, and wholesome dessert that you can put together in no time. The star of today’s recipe is the humble peach, but we’re going to elevate it with an unexpected ingredient—balsamic vinegar.
Yes, you read it right! We are going to make a dessert with peaches and balsamic vinegar. This unusual combination is going to surprise you with its robust flavor profile. The sweetness of the peaches is beautifully balanced by the tangy balsamic vinegar, creating a delightful symphony of flavors.
If you are looking for other amazing desserts that feature fruit, check out the following recipes:
Why Balsamic Vinegar?
This versatile vinegar is made from grapes and aged in wooden barrels, giving it a deep, complex flavor. When paired with juicy, ripe peaches, it creates a delightful flavor combination that is both sweet and tangy.
Peaches are a wonderful fruit that not only tastes good but is also packed with nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and fiber. Balsamic vinegar, while not a standard choice for a dessert, brings out the sweetness of the peaches and adds an interesting twist to the dish.
Picking Peaches for Baking
To select the perfect peaches for baking, you’ll want to look for peaches with a nice orange-red, yellowish skin tone. You’re looking for flesh that is somewhat firm. Softer flesh is still desirable, but if it is mushy with bruises, it is overripe and won’t be your best baking option.
If you love peaches, be sure not to miss this super easy recipe for Peach Cobbler. It is one of my favorites.
Baked Balsamic Peaches Delight
This heavenly treat is surprisingly easy to make and only requires 5 simple ingredients.
4 large peaches
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2½ tbsp real maple syrup
½ cup heavy whipping cream
There isn’t much prep involved in this recipe, but you will need to wash, half, and pit the peaches before you begin. If you aren’t sure how to properly pit a peach, watch the quick video below.
How to Make the Recipe
Place the top oven rack in the center position and preheat the oven to 350°F.
Arrange your peach halves on the baking sheet. Spread the balsamic vinegar over the surface of the peaches with a basting brush. Sprinkle the ground cinnamon evenly over the tops of each peach.
Drizzle two tablespoons of maple syrup on top of each peach half, and use the basting brush to make sure the entire surface is covered.
Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the peaches are tender and warmed throughout.
While the peaches bake, pour the heavy cream into a medium mixing bowl and beat until fluffy. Add the remaining maple syrup to the whipped cream and continue beating until well combined. This creates a flavor-infused cream that is out of this world, and the same one I use in my Pumpkin Mousse.
Remove the peaches from the oven.
Top each with a dollop of fresh maple syrup whipped cream. You can also add an additional sprinkle of ground cinnamon for garnish, if desired.
This baked peach dish makes a fantastic dessert that your guests will love, but it is also simple enough to make as a treat to be enjoyed anytime.
Did you give this Baked Balsamic Peach Delight dessert a try? Let me know in the comments below or snap a photo and tag @coolbeanliving on Instagram. I’d love to see it!
Baked Balsamic Peach Delight
- 4 large peaches halved, pitted
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2½ tbsp maple syrup divided
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
- Arrange peach halves on the baking sheet and spread the balsamic vinegar over the exposed surface with a pastry brush. Sprinkle the ground cinnamon on top, divided evenly between the peach halves.
- Drizzle two tablespoons maple syrup on top, using the basting brush to cover the entire surface of each peach half.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the peaches are tender and warmed throughout.
- As the peaches are baking, pour the heavy cream into a medium mixing bowl and beat until fluffy. Add the remaining maple syrup and continue beating until well combined.
- Remove the peaches from the oven and serve warm topped with a dollop of the maple whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.