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How to poach peaches

How to poach peaches

To poach peaches, we begin rather like for tomatoes. To peel them, we boil them for a few seconds, then plunge them into cold water.
Once the skin has been removed, they are poached gently in a light syrup.


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Last modified on: September 6th 2012

For 4 peaches, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
46 min.1 hour3 min.1 hour 49 min.
Preservation: A few days in the fridge in a sealed or film-covered container.
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1 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #1It is very important to choose ripe peaches or nectarines, otherwise you will not be able to peel them properly.

Make a cross incision with a knife in the top of each peach.
2 min.
2 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #2Do not cut too deeply, this is just to split the skin.
3 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #3Bring a pan of water to the boil. 10 min.
4 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #4Plunge the peaches into the boiling water for 10 seconds (the time it takes to count up to 20). 1 min.
5 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #5Take them out and plunge them into a bowl of ice-cold water.

If you have a lot of peaches, do them in small batches and be sure to let the water come back to the boil each time.
1 min.
6 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #6Remove the skin, which should pull off quite easily, starting from the incision at the top. 6 min.
7 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #7If you find a peach which is impossible to peel, (like this one in the photo), it is because it is not ripe enough. There is no point continuing with it, just take another one.
8 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #8If you will not be using the peaches right away, sprinkle them with a little lemon juice, protect with stretch plastic film and keep in the fridge. 2 min.
9 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #9Prepare the Poaching syrup. 14 min.
10 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #10Put on medium or low heat until it simmers, then add the peaches.

Leave to cook at a simmer until the peaches are tender: a knife blade should pass easily through the flesh to the stone.
3 min.
11 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #11Remove from the heat and leave to cool in the syrup. 1 hour
12 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #12When cool, cut the peaches lengthways and all round.

Use the knife blade to separate the peach halves from the stone.
5 min.
13 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #13You can them remove the hard part from where the stone was using a potato or melon scoop. This is not essential, but gives a professional finish.
14 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #14If you intend using peach halves in your recipe, they are ready.
15 How to poach peaches : Photo of step #15If you will be using diced peaches, cut the peaches into sticks first, then into large dice. 5 min.


The choice of peaches is very important. What the peaches look like doesn't matter ('pêches de vigne' or bush peaches are often ugly and stunted, but have an extraordinary flavour), but their ripeness does: they must be perfectly ripe with plenty of flavour and bought when fully in season. Beware of those good-looking peaches out of season which are often hard and, above all, tasteless.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
2290 gr57 gr0 gr
11 %0 %5 %0 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
440 gr11 gr0 gr
2 %0 %1 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 peaches : 2.60 €
Per peaches : 0.65 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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