Any thoughts on good recipes for brandied peaches? Spicing? I made a batch last year when I got hold of some good but extremely ripe peaches. I think I overdid it on the sugar as the liquor was more like liqueur than brandy. The fruit also got quite dark.
This year I've bought a crate of Georgia peaches (thanks TDQ!) and thought to make another batch, as I've gotten a new large glass cask. I'm looking for recipes that do not require processing in a heat bath, as for canning.
To help prevent some of the browning add some fresh lemon juice, about one lemon for every 6-10 peaches. Toss the peaches gently with the lemon and let sit a bit before adding the brandy and sugar. It wont be noticeable flavorwise and will keep the peaches more of a light tan color. The acid will actually bring up a bit more of the peach flavor.
Or you can add more lemon and the zest for a tangy brandied peach recipe.
A good recipe I used with a grill last week was the following:
8 ripe peaches
1 vanilla bean
1/2 - 1 cup Amaretto
1 cup sugar
Slice the peaches in half and remove pit. Heat oven to 375.
Split the vanilla bean and scrape the insides into a mortar. Pound the bean insides with the sugar until mixed.
Grill the peaches on the cut side for about 5 minutes or until dark. Place peaches cut side up in a baking pan, sprinkle sugar and pour brandy over them. Cook in oven for 10 min or until soft. Serve immediately.
Thanks for all of the suggestions! With the able assistance of Chef Mara, I made a 50% simple sugar syrup (i.e. half the weight of peaches + water equal to the full volume of peaches). After it was cool, the peeled peaches were placed in the syrup and poached until barely soft. Then the peaches were put into a hot glass crock, and covered with brandy. The Larousse Gastronomique suggested pairing the peaches with vanilla, so I added a judicious amount to the brandy. After 10 days, I'll drain the peaches and replace most of the brandy with syrup.