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

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For 4 peaches, you will need:

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Stage 1 - 2 min.
How to poach peaches
It 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.

Stage 2
How to poach peaches
Do not cut too deeply, this is just to split the skin.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
How to poach peaches
Bring a pan of water to the boil.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
How to poach peaches
Plunge the peaches into the boiling water for 10 seconds (the time it takes to count up to 20).

Stage 5 - 1 min.
How to poach peaches
Take 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.

Stage 6 - 6 min.
How to poach peaches
Remove the skin, which should pull off quite easily, starting from the incision at the top.

Stage 7
How to poach peaches
If 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.

Stage 8 - 2 min.
How to poach peaches
If 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.

Stage 9 - 14 min.
How to poach peaches
Prepare the Poaching syrup.

Stage 10 - 3 min.
How to poach peaches
Put 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.

Stage 11 - 1 hour
How to poach peaches
Remove from the heat and leave to cool in the syrup.

Stage 12 - 5 min.
How to poach peaches
When cool, cut the peaches lengthways and all round.

Use the knife blade to separate the peach halves from the stone.

Stage 13
How to poach peaches
You 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.

Stage 14
How to poach peaches
If you intend using peach halves in your recipe, they are ready.

Stage 15 - 5 min.
How to poach peaches
If you will be using diced peaches, cut the peaches into sticks first, then into large dice.
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.
A few days in the fridge in a sealed or film-covered container.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
229 Kcal or 959 Kj0 gr57 gr0 gr
11 %0 %5 %0 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
44 Kcal or 184 Kj0 gr11 gr0 gr
2 %0 %1 %0 %
Per peaches
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
57 Kcal or 239 Kj0 gr14 gr0 gr
3 %0 %1 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 peaches : 2.60 €
  • Per peaches : 0.65 €

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PeachPeach: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Little caramelized peach tarts, Little blackcurrant and vineyard peach sablé tarts , Peach and blackcurrant sundae, Peach and mint salad , Peach Melba, ... All
Poaching syrupPoaching syrup: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Poached pears, Peach and green tea tart, Citrus tart, Pear and chocolate tart with a hint of mint, Peach Melba, ... All
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