Friday, October 09, 2009

Amaretti Stuffed Peach Halves

The Altitude Adjustment Section
In keeping with our easy and Italian theme, I have a recipe for stuffed peach halves. Fresh peaches are still available, but I have used good quality canned peaches (Trader Joe's has great ones in jars... but only sometimes). The stuffing is made with amaretto cookies, you can make your own, or buy the great Italian ones that come in the red tin. I think Kaune's sells them.

3/4 cups ground almonds
3/4 ground Amaretto cookies
1/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks lightly beaten
6 peaches
1/2 cup Marsala wine

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Combine the Almonds, amaretto cookies, and sugar. Stir in the egg yolks a bit at a time. Add just enough egg yolk to hold the sticky mixture together. Form the mixture into 12 walnut sized balls. Butter a shallow baking dish. Cut the peaches in half or use halves to begin with. Place the peaches in the buttered baking dish tight together. Press a ball of almond mixture into the center of each peach. Dot the top with little bits of butter and pour the Marsala wine all over the top. Now bake for 30 minutes until the almond mixture is crusty and golden. Serve warm with some ice cream or gelato. This recipe serves 6 people.