Simple Skillet Peaches (WFMW)

When I have fruit that’s starting to get a bit over-ripe, I will often make a skillet sauce or topping. I find that it will last a week or so in the fridge (I wouldn’t recommend trying to can or preserve it), and is delicious on its own or as a topping for ice cream, pancakes, pound cake, and just about anything else you can think of. So, when I had a few peaches leftover from my peach picking excursion that were looking like they had seen better days, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.

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For this week’s Works for Me Wednesday post, I could think of nothing better than to share this simple recipe (really, it couldn’t be much easier).  With just a few quality ingredients, you get a lot of great flavor without a whole lot of effort.  You can use almost any fruit you have on hand, even frozen fruit. The possibilities are limitless!

Simple Skillet Peaches

  • 6 cups peaches, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

Combine the peaches, raw sugar, and vanilla bean paste in a large skillet over medium heat.  Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.  Continue to cook until the peaches are soft and the mixture has thickened (about 20 – 25 minutes). Serve warm or store in the refrigerator for about a week.

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14 Responses to Simple Skillet Peaches (WFMW)
  1. Jessica @ How Sweet
    August 25, 2010 | 7:24 am

    I never thought to do that with my overripe fruit. What a great idea!

  2. Tracy
    August 25, 2010 | 8:06 am

    Somehow I’ve never thought to use up extra fruit this way…I can totally use the cooked fruit for ice cream toppings, fillings, etc. – what a great idea!

  3. fooddreamer
    August 25, 2010 | 9:32 am

    Looks delicious, what a great way to use up the fruit. Great pictures too!

  4. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    August 25, 2010 | 12:09 pm

    Wonderful for ice cream- love the vanilla bean paste!

  5. jenn (Bread + Butter)
    August 25, 2010 | 2:05 pm

    This would be perfect with a side of ice cream. Mmmmm… It would calm my sweet tooth on this hot summer day.

  6. Mags
    August 25, 2010 | 3:51 pm

    Yeah, I’m thinking some of those peaches on a BIG scoop of ice cream would do the trick.

  7. Adriel
    August 25, 2010 | 5:10 pm

    Awesome! What a wonderful way to use fruit that would get thrown away… love it! I will definitely keep this in mind next time I’ve got overripe fruit. =) I’m visiting from Works for Me Wednesday! Happy Wednesday! =)

  8. Melinda
    August 25, 2010 | 8:08 pm

    Yum! That would be really simple and yummy!

  9. Lara
    August 25, 2010 | 11:08 pm

    Mmmmm, this has inspired me to transform my sad little peach into a layer for a parfait tomorrow morning with homemade granola and some honey greek yogurt.
    thankyou :]

  10. The Teacher Cooks
    August 27, 2010 | 11:19 am

    This would be great with the waffles that I am demonstrating to my classes next week!

  11. Kathleen
    August 28, 2010 | 12:44 pm

    I always do this with fruits, so great for ice cream, cakes or on its own.

  12. Mindy
    August 30, 2010 | 11:13 am

    What a great idea! I always have one or two pieces of fruit that don’t get eaten…

  13. Reginald@CeramicCanvas
    August 30, 2010 | 1:49 pm

    What a great idea!

    I bet this would work

    as deliciously well using

    ripe sautted apples & apple

    pie seasonings.

    Cheers!

  14. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite
    September 5, 2010 | 8:24 am

    My nana used to make a similar dish and serve it on ice cream. Next time I have peaches wanting to be used up, I will try this out.

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