For those of you that have been following my blog since the very beginning, you may remember one of my very first posts, which also happened to be about my first entry in the Iron Cupcake London competition (which was sadly cancelled a couple months later).
Peaches with cinnamon still remain one of my favorite combinations, and I look forward to peach season every year, although I do find it hard to get a nice ripe peach in most supermarkets these days. (If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll have seen me tweeting about my search for the perfect peach!)
One of my favorite desserts that I’ve been making for years is my cinnamon peach and ice cream waffle. The hot waffle with cold ice cream, cinnamon and peaches makes for a truly delicious flavour combination. And best of all, they’re incredibly easy to make!
To make this yummy dessert you’ll only need a few things: peaches, cinnamon, sugar, ice cream and waffles.
Now, I’m not going to lie – sometimes I cut corners when I can, so rather than taking the time to make my own waffles (not that it’s hard) I choose to use an instant waffle mix from Cost-Co that only requires a bit of added water and a tablespoon of oil. Even though I cheated on this occasion, I’m going to include my favourite waffle recipe that I use regularly because not everyone has (or wants to have) instant waffle mix at home. If you don’t have a waffle iron you can also use store bought ones, it’s totally up to you!
Waffles With Peaches, Cinnamon and Ice Cream
1 – 2 Peaches
1/2 – 3/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Sugar
Waffle (recipe follows)
1. Since peaches have a fuzzy skin on them that’s not very nice to eat, you’ll need to peel them. Peeling the skin off a peach is really simple if you use one little trick – boiling water! Bring a small pot of water to a boil and submerge your peach in it for about 30 – 45 seconds. Remove the peach from the boiling water and place it on a cutting board for about 30 seconds, just so it cools down a bit.
The skin on the peach should be very loose when you touch it. If you gently pinch the skin between your fingers a part of it should tear upwards, allowing you to start peeling the rest of the peach. The skin should be so loose and slippery that it peels off the entire peach with out any effort, often in one big piece. You should end up with a juicy slippery skinless peach.
Cut your skinless peach into slices, and put them in a bowl along with the cinnamon and sugar. Stir them around and set them aside for at least 5 mins to allow a nice juicy cinnamon syrup to form.
2. Next you’ll need to make your waffle. If you’re making your own, pre-heat your waffle iron and follow the waffle recipe below (or the manufactures instructions if you’re using a mix). ** Because I add peaches and ice cream on top of my waffle I purposely fill my waffle iron only about half full so I get a smaller waffle. Alternatively you can make the full sized waffle and only use 1/2 of it. Now’s also the time to leave your ice cream out to soften up a bit. so it’s easy scoop.
3. Once your waffle is done cooking and your ice cream has softened up a tiny bit, all that’s left to do is assemble your masterpiece! This probably doesn’t need explanation, but start out by placing your waffle on a plate. Next, add a scoop of ice cream (I prefer vanilla or something with a caramel swirl in it), and then spoon the peaches and cinnamon syrup on top. That’s it! Really simple, but really delicious!
1 Cup (125g) Flour
3/4 Cup (175ml) + 1 Tbsp Milk
1/4 Cup (60ml) Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 tsp Sugar
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
1. Preheat waffle iron. Beat eggs in large bowl with hand beater until fluffy. Beat in all remaining ingredients (flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and vanilla), until just smooth.
2. Grease your preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the mix onto your hot waffle iron, and cook until golden brown. ** Because I add peaches and ice cream on top of my waffle I purposely fill my waffle iron only about half full so I get a smaller waffle. Alternatively you can make the full sized waffle and only use 1/2 of it.
The combination of cinnamon and peaches is one of my favourites, It’s so good that I’ll often eat a peach (or two) in the evenings with a bit of cinnamon on sugar on it, just as I described in step 1. In all honesty, they really don’t need any added extras like whipped cream or ice cream, but if you’re feeling rather indulgent then adding a waffle and a bit of ice cream is definitely the way to go!