Poached peaches in cinnamon-ginger syrup

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10 min


40 min


6 servings

Poached peaches in cinnamon-ginger syrup

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Adapted from Nina Simonds's book China Express (William Morrow), this is an elegant make-ahead dessert that's perfect for using peaches that aren't quite ripe.


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 slices peeled ginger , crushed slightly
  • 6 slightly underripe peaches , about 750 g
  • 1 lemon , halved
  • topping of vanilla ice cream , or whipped cream (optional)


  • Combine water, sugar, cinnamon and ginger in a large saucepan. Set over high heat and stir until sugar dissolves. When boiling, reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, using a sharp paring knife, peel peaches, cut them in half and remove pits. Cut halves in half again. Rub peaches all over with cut lemon. After sugar-ginger mixture has simmered for 10 minutes, add half of peaches. Reduce heat slightly and simmer gently until just tender, from 4 to 6 minutes. Then remove with a slotted spoon. Add remaining peaches and repeat cooking as directed above.
  • When all peaches have been poached, remove ginger from poaching liquid and discard. Bring liquid back to a boil. Boil gently, uncovered, over medium-high until reduced to a thick amber syrup, about 10 minutes. Stir often near end of cooking. Remove cinnamon sticks. Arrange peaches in bowls. Pour warm syrup overtop. Serve right away or cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, reheat in a microwave on medium. Great with ice cream.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 242,
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 62.6 g,
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1.4 g,
  • Sodium
  • 2 mg.