Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Peaches Chilled in Red Wine

The thing about desserts this time of year... you'd really be hard-pressed to do better than Mother Nature. Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, nectarines... all of them are shining right now ,and it takes very little to make them into a sweet dessert. All of which means, you have easy and healthy vegan desserts right at your fingertips.

For this one - a Tuscan-style dessert - peel and thickly slice 2 cups of ripe peaches (about 3 peaches). Combine in a bowl with 3/4 cup fruity Italian red wine and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons raw sugar, stirring gently.

Either an unfiltered and/or organic Dolcetto or Valpolicella would work great for the wine in this recipe. I chose an organic variety of the former, filled with the flavors of cherry.

Cover the mixture and chill for 2 hours, stirring occasionally - I actually let mine chill for 3 hours, but the peaches held up fine for the extra hour.

Spoon 1/3 cup of peaches into each of 6 dessert bowls. Pretty ideas for garnishes include mint leaves or - for a little more complexity - vegan sour cream mixed with a dollop of vanilla extract.

Each serving (without those garnishes) is 50 calories.

peaches $3.44
Dolcetto wine $17.99

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
  • Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html