fryday: pan-fried peaches & mascarpone cream

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Pan-Fried Peaches with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

Greetings from Georgia! Very belated Fryday greetings, but they say things in the South move at a slower pace? Yeah, I don’t think I can blame it on that either. Worth a try. Anyway, I’m off from work and in Atlanta until next weekend! How awesome is that? Less awesome is Brian needing foot surgery on Tuesday, which explains why I’m here, but I’m excited to spend time with him, crutches and knee scooter and all. 

Before he goes under the knife, Brian and I plan to take it really easy this weekend. We’ll try to take in some Atlanta sights, but we’ll mostly be keeping to ourselves, running errands while he still has use of both of his feet. So in the spirit of taking it easy in Georgia, I thought I’d share a recipe for the easiest pan-fried peaches (get it?) with a delicious mascarpone cream. This is one of those really awesome no-bake desserts that tastes indulgent without being too bad for you. No missing of carbs or crust here. 

Pan-Fried Peaches and Mascarpone Cream Ingredients
You’ll need peaches, 2 to 4 tablespoons coconut oil,  ½ cup mascarpone cheese,  ½ cup heavy whipping cream, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon. 

For my purposes, I only used 2 peaches, but this recipe makes for plenty of mascarpone cream, so you can easily double or triple the peaches. Please do!

Peaches for Pan-Fried Peaches
Start with washed and sliced peach halves with pits removed. 

Pan-Frying Peaches
In a cast-iron skillet over medium, heat and melt your coconut oil. You can use as much or as little as you need depending on the size of your pan and the number of peaches you’re frying. 2 tablespoons is a good place to start and you can go from there. 

I don’t cook with coconut oil often, but making these peaches reminded me that I need to start doing more of it. It smells lovely and the hint of coconut flavor really helped to enhance the sweetness of the peaches. 

To pan-fry the peaches, start with the peach halves face down and cook for about 3 minutes. Cook longer if you like a more seared peach. Flip over and cook for another 3 minutes. 

Making Mascarpone Cream
As the peaches are frying in the pan, make your mascarpone cream. I love this stuff, because it’s reminiscent of my favorite easy whipped cream, but just a tad more elevated. Like the whipped cream, mascarpone cream is also really easy to make.

Using an electric mixer, whip mascarpone with cream and sugar until stiff peaks form. Add the vanilla and give things a couple more stirs. That’s it! Delicious by the spoonful and delicious on top of, oh I don’t know, pan-fried peaches. 

Frying Peaches
Here my peaches are with just a light sear on them. You can definitely go darker and more cooked if that’s your preference. You really can’t go wrong with peaches, cooked or not cooked. 

Pan Fried Peaches and Mascarpone Vanilla Cream

Serve face up with a sprinkling of cinnamon and a generous dollop of delicious mascarpone vanilla cream and dig right in! You’ll notice the familiar, but simplified flavors of everyone’s favorite peach pie, and as if that wasn’t enough, you’ll love the creamy slightly sweet mascarpone cream. It’s a good one.

Wishing you a happy, healthy weekend. 

pan-fried peaches & mascarpone cream
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Ingredients
  1. 2-4 peaches
  2. 2-4 tablespoons coconut oil
  3. ½ cup mascarpone cheese
  4. ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  5. 3 tablespoons sugar
  6. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Wash and slice peaches in half. Remove pits.
  2. In a cast-iron skillet over medium, heat and melt your coconut oil. You can use as much or as little as you need depending on the size of your pan and the number of peaches you’re frying. 2 tablespoons is a good place to start.
  3. Fry the peach halves face down and cook for about 3 minutes. Flip over and cook for another 3 minutes.
  4. As peaches cook, using an electric mixer and whip mascarpone with cream and sugar until stiff peaks form. Add the vanilla and give things a couple more stirs.
  5. Once peaches are ready, serve face up with a sprinkling of cinnamon and a generous dollop of delicious mascarpone vanilla cream.
  6. Dig in and enjoy!
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