Recipe: Poached Peaches with Granita

Poached Peaches with Granita


Serves 4

6 firm, ripe peaches
120g caster sugar
400ml dry white wine
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 orange, sliced
1/4 lemon, sliced
2 sprigs of mint
1 sprig basil


  1. Boil the white wine for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar and 400ml cold water into the pan with the wine.  Over a low heat, gently melt down the sugar before adding the vanilla, lemon and orange slices, herbs and peaches.
  3. Cover the peaches with a cartouche and bring to the boil.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 10-15 minutes or until the peaches are soft, this will depend on the ripeness of the peaches you are using.  It is important for the peaches to retain their shape. Turn heat off and allow to cool slightly in the syrup. 
  4. Remove the peaches with a slotted spoon. Then remove the skin from the peaches, cool to room temperature and chill in the fridge. Make sure you place the peaches on their base so they maintain their shape for service.
  5. Strain the syrup into a freezer-proof container and place in the freezer. Remove every 2 hours and fork through to break up the crystals until you have achieved a crystal granita like consistency. You will probably need to do this twice, once after 2 hours in the freezer, then re-chill for 2 hours and fork again for service.
  6. To serve, scoop the granita and serve with room temp peaches.

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