Peaches in Primitivo

Serving fruit with red wine is a big tradition in Puglia, where they often chill the raisiny red wines and simply pour them over sliced fresh peaches. I have spiced up the wine and also sweetened it a bit to create a more syrupy liquid. It also goes well with cherries. There will be some extra syrup, which is great on other fruits — or on French toast. Serve the peaches with Walnut Biscotti.–Mario Batali

LC Ticks All the Boxes Note

At the end of a meal, sometimes you want to bring out something impressive without spending yet more time in the kitchen. Enter Peaches in Primitivo. It ticks all the boxes: easy to prepare, can be started well in advance, uses few ingredients, tastes luxurious, contains alcohol, has alliteration in the name… Honestly, what more could a person want? As for peeling those peaches, pop them in boiling water for 10 – 20 seconds, remove and let cool a little, and the skin will slip off when encouraged with a paring knife. Done.

Pesche in Primitivo Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups Primitivo di Gioia (from Puglia), or other dry red wine
  • 1 clove
  • 4 peaches

Directions

  • 1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, red wine, and clove. Bring to a simmer, and simmer until reduced by half, about 30 minutes. Let cool, and remove the clove. (The syrup can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 1 week.)
  • 2. Peel and slice the peaches, and divide among four footed bowls. Pour 1/4 cup syrup over each peach and serve.
Hungry for more? Chow down on these:

Have something to say?

Then tell us. Have a picture you'd like to add to your comment? Send it along. Covet one of those spiffy pictures of yourself to go along with your comment? Get a free Gravatar. And as always, please take a gander at our comment policy before posting.

*

Daily Subscription

Enter your email address and get all of our updates sent to your inbox the moment they're posted. Be the first on your block to be in the know.

Preview daily e-mail

Weekly Subscription

Hate tons of emails? Do you prefer info delivered in a neat, easy-to-digest (pun intended) form? Then enter your email address for our weekly newsletter.

Preview weekly e-mail