There’s something oddly comforting about peaches. Peaches have been a part of my family for years, starting with my father’s allergy to peach fuzz. My mother refused to eat peaches when carrying me, swearing by the old midwives’ tale that consuming peach fuzz during pregnancy causes fuzzy stomach hair on babies. For summers, my mother stored peaches in a plastic bag in a plastic bag in the crisper, tragically excluded from all the other fruits.
Since moving to New York City, peach fuzz has been the least of my problems. Peaches are beginning to end its season, and before it officially puts up its annual “Gone Pitting” sign, they deserve a grand last hurrah. Eating a peach whole sounds terribly drab, so I was excited to learn on Kitchy Kitchen last summer that you can combine peaches and s’mores, the combination dubbed “s’meaches”. S’meaches replace chocolate with caramelized peaches.
S’meaches is not only a great way to celebrate the final wave of peaches, but also great for fall housewarming parties and September kids parties. S’meaches also make an ideal midnight snack, so put down that Tupperware of leftovers and make yourself a s’meach!
- 2 ripe peach (halved or quartered)
- handful brown sugar
- pinch cayenne pepper
- Pit and halve or quarter the peaches. Skin if you desire, but not necessary.
- In a small bowl, mix a handful of brown sugar and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
- Heat a saute pan on medium stove. Place the peaches, flesh down, on the saute pan. After 2 minutes, sprinkle half the brown sugar-cayenne pepper mix over the peaches and pan. Let the sugar and peaches begin to caramelize for 2 minutes.
- Flip the peaches and pour the rest of the sugar mix over the peaches. Let caramelize for 2-4 minutes. Repeatedly pour the caramel over the peaches. Flip once or twice if desired.
- Turn the heat off and allow the peaches to sit in the caramel.
S’meaches (4 servings)
- Caramelized Peaches (recipe above)
- 4 large marshmallows
- 4 large graham crackers
- 4 bamboo sticks
- Break the graham cracker into two.
- Skewer one marshmallow to a bamboo stick and roast the marshmallows over a fire. (If you do not have a fireplace or a barbecue, you can roast marshmallows over a lit, uncovered gas stove on medium heat with the fan on. If you fear marshmallow combustion or gas poisoning, you can roast it over a candle.)
- On one half of the graham cracker, place the roasted marshmallow.
- On the other half of the graham cracker, place one half of a peach (or two quarters).
- Squish the marshmallow-graham cracker half onto the peach-graham cracker half.
- Voila! Enjoy!