Yesterday was Little Miss’s birthday. Tomorrow is my dad’s birthday. And Sunday? My husband’s birthday. No offense, guys, but I get a little birthday-ed out, especially because everyone seems to insist on having a different cake for each birthday. That’s a lot of cake to eat.
I finally gave up this year and refused. My husband lost out. I didn’t make him a cake, but he was totally ok with that. Why? Because I made him something else yummy – and much faster and easier. And maybe even healthier?
PS My inspiration came from Italy where we were served these one night – and I remembered that I used to make these years and years ago (before I met my husband).
5 or so peaches – slightly less than fully ripe is best
2 T butter
3 T brown sugar
1 1/2 T dark rum (or brandy or cognac or amaretto)
1/2 c Amaretti cookies (or almond cookies), crushed
Cut the peaches in half and remove the pit. Place them cut side up in a glass baking dish.
Place the cookies into a bag and proceed to crush them – a rolling pin works well. Add the brown sugar and shake until it’s well mixed up.
Place the butter in the bag and smoosh it around until it’s well combined. Add the rum (or other alcohol) and smoosh some more.
Place a dollop of the cookie mixture into each half of the peach.
Bake the peach halves in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until the juices are bubbling.
Serve while they’re still warm (you can make it all ahead up to the baking point if you do this for company) either by themselves or with ice cream. Yum.
Have you ever heard of Amaretti cookies?
They’re a really neat Italian cookie that is really super crunchy. They are tiny, which is sorta cool. You can buy them at produce stores by me. Otherwise, feel free to substitute another super crunchy almond type cookie.
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