These caramelized peaches are great for summer entertaining. They are brushed with a cinnamon infused brown butter, sprinkled with brown sugar and grilled until perfectly tender and caramelized.
If you have never tried grilling fruit before, get ready for one delicious experience because these caramelized peaches will blow your mind. Did I mention, they are so easy to make!
These peaches have a nutty flavor from the brown butter and a strong cinnamon flavor. As they cook, their natural sweetness intensifies. When paired with vanilla ice cream and crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch, they are the ultimate summer treat.
Why This Recipe Works
- Cinnamon brown butter- These peaches are brushed with a brown butter that is infused with sweet cinnamon. They have a nutty and strong cinnamon flavor.
- Grilled peaches- Once the peaches hit the heat of the grill, their juices begin to flow and sugar levels intensify. There really is nothing like it!
- Brown sugar glaze- I combine brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it on top of the peaches as they cook. Once the sugar melts, it creates a beautiful glaze on top of the peaches.
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch- Who doesn't love this cereal? Its strong cinnamon flavor and crispiness is the perfect topping for these peaches.
- Perfect for summer days- When it's too hot to bake, these peaches are a life saver. They are a sweet treat and pair perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- Healthier option- Even though these peaches are coated with sugar and served with ice cream, you can always cut back on both. They are a great option for those who would prefer something on the lighter side.
Here are some notes on the ingredients. Full a full list and measurements, check out the recipe card below.
- Yellow peaches- When picking peaches at the grocery store, look for ones that are firm and slightly give when you squeeze them. Make sure they are free of brown or soft spots. Ripe peaches will also have a strong peachy smell.
- Brown sugar- I use light brown sugar in this recipe.
- Butter- I use unsalted butter.
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch- I use a food processor to crush them into tiny pieces and sprinkle them on top. You won't need much, so plan on having some cereal afterwards.
- Vanilla Ice cream- Use a good quality ice cream. My favorite is Haagen Dazs Vanilla.
How To Pick The Perfect Peach
The key to finding the perfect peach is by gently squeezing them. A ripe peach will be firm yet gently give when you squeeze it. A firm peach will also hold up to the heat of grilling and not fall apart.
Another indication of a ripe peach is its color. Ripe peaches will have a vibrant yellow and orange color with blotches of deep red blush.
Last but not least is smell your peach. A ripe peach should smell sweet, floral and fragrant. It should have an intense peachy smell.
Step By Step Instructions
STEP 1: Brown butter. Place butter inside small saucepan. Cook over medium heat. As the butter melts, continuously swirl your pan around to prevent it from burning. Cook until the butter turns a golden amber color. Stir in ground cinnamon.
STEP 2: Prepare peaches. Using a sharp knife, slice peaches in half starting at the top of the fruit and making your way around. With your hands, gently twist each side and pull apart. Remove and discard pit.
STEP 3: Mix brown sugar. In a small bowl, add brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix until combined.
STEP 4: Crush Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Place inside a food processor and blend until mixture is coarse. You can also place the cereal inside a Ziplock bag and use a rolling pin or mallet to crush.
STEP 5: Brush with butter. Place halved peaches onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush brown butter on the cut sides and skins as well.
STEP 6: Grill Peaches. Preheat your outdoor grill or grill pan to medium heat. Place cut side down and grill peaches for 3 minutes until they begin to caramelize and you have dark grill marks.
STEP 7: Sprinkle brown sugar. Once you flip peaches over, sprinkle a generous amount of your brown sugar mixture. Drizzle extra brown butter on top. Cook until sugar begins to melt, about 2-3 minutes and peaches soften slightly.
STEP 7: Add toppings. Place peaches onto a serving platter. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Serve immediately.
Other Serving Options
Here are some toppings and accompaniments you can serve with your caramelized peaches.
- Mascarpone cheese- Combine this creamy Italian cheese with some honey and place a dollop in the center of each peach.
- Whipped cream- Homemade whipped cream is a lighter option than ice cream and so simple to make at home.
- Honey- Simply drizzle your favorite honey on top of these warm peaches.
- Granola- Grab your favorite granola and sprinkle some on top. It adds a great crunch and is super healthy.
- Nuts- Candied or roasted, nuts add great texture and protein.
Use slightly firm peaches. They will be able to stand up to the heat and not become mushy once they're finished cooking. Also, grab your peaches from the grocery store a couple days before you're ready to serve them. This will allow them to ripen up.
When making the brown butter, stay close because the butter can go from brown to burnt in just a couple seconds.
If using an outdoor grill, make sure to grill your peaches over indirect heat so they do not burn before they're cooked through.
To grill your peaches, place the cut side down for 3 minutes without moving or turning to get the perfect sear (grill marks). Flip and continue to cook for the remaining time.
No, overripe fruit are too soft and mushy to stand up to the heat. Once cooked, it will begin to fall apart and not be as appetizing.
Invest in a really good cast iron grill. It's not only good for meat and fish, but works perfectly for caramelizing peaches and any other fruit.
Bananas, nectarines, apricots, apples, pears and pineapples are great options.
Storing and Freezing
Store any leftover caramelized peaches inside an airtight container. To reheat, place them inside a toaster oven for 3-5 minutes until warm. Also, these peaches would be great served in a salad, or alongside some pancakes or yogurt parfait for breakfast.
Place peaches inside an airtight container or Ziplock bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Use inside cobblers, crisps or a nice refreshing smoothie.
To thaw, place frozen peaches inside the refrigerator overnight.
Other Fun Summer Recipes To Try
Cinnamon Brown Butter Caramelized Peaches
- 8 Peaches yellow, medium size
- 1 stick Butter unsalted
- ⅓ cup Brown sugar light
- 2 teaspoon Cinnamon ground, divided
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- ½ cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch crushed
- Vanilla ice cream for serving
Cinnamon Brown Butter
- Place stick of butter in small saucepan. Heat on medium, swirling butter until melted. Butter will begin to foam up but then subside. Cook butter until small brown specks begin to form at the bottom of the pan. The butter will begin to have a very fragrant nutty aroma. Whisk in cinnamon and stir just until it is heated to bring out the flavor. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl to stop the butter from cooking.
Brown Sugar Mixture
- In a bowl, combine brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and salt.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Crumbs
- Place cereal inside Ziplock bag. With a wooden rolling pin or mallet, crush into small crumbs. Set aside.
- Wash peaches and cut in half; remove pits. Brush cinnamon brown butter on both sides.
- Preheat outdoor grill or grill pan. Spray with nonstick spray to prevent peaches from sticking. Place peaches, cut side down. Cook for 3 minutes without moving to get nice grill marks. Flip over and sprinkle brown sugar mixture on top. Drizzle additional brown butter on top. Cook for 2 minutes until sugar is melted and peaches are slightly soft.
- Remove peaches from pan and place onto a platter. Serve with vanilla ice cream and crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch.