Peach caramel crisp

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
½ cup Sugar
3 tablespoons Water
1 cup Almonds - sliced, toasted
½ cup Flour - all-purpose
5 tablespoons Unsalted butter - chilled, cut into pieces
½ cup Sugar
3 tablespoons Water
6 larges Peaches - ripe
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
Vanilla Ice Cream

PRALINE TOPPING

PEACHES

Calories per serving: Number of Servings: 6 Fat grams per serving:

: Approx. Cook Time: Cholesterol per serving: Marks: *DIRECTIONS*

FOR TOPPING: Butter small cookie sheet. Stir sugar and water in heavy small saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and boil without sitrring until sugar turns deep golden brown, swirling pan occasionally. Mix in almonds. Immediately pour mixture onto prepared cookie sheet. Cool completely. Cut praline into 2-inch pieces. Finely grind praline in processor. (Can be prepared 2 weeks ahead. Refrigerate in airtight container.) Combine ½ cup praline and flour in processor (reserve remaining praline for another use.) Add butter to mixture in processor and cut in using on/off turns until crumbly. Set aside.

FOR PEACHES: Stir sugar and water in heavy small saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and boil without stirring until sugar turns deep golden brown, swirling pan occasionally.

Immediately pour caramel into 9-inch diameter baking dish with 1-½-inch high sides. Carefully turn dish to coat bottom and sides with caramel. Let stand until caramel hardens.

Preheat oven to 375F. Blanch peaches in large pot of boiling water for 30 seconds. Transfer to bowl of cold water using slotted spoon.

Drain. Peel skin off peaches using small sharp knife. Halve and pit peaches. Cut each half into 4 wedges. Transfer to large bowl.

Sprinkle cornstarch over peaches; toss gently. Arrange peaches atop caramel in dish. Sprinkle topping over. Bake until peaches bubble and topping browns, about 40 minutes. Cool until just slightly warm.

Spoon into bowls. Top with ice cream and serve.

Bon Appetit, September, 1990.

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