Amaretti peaches with honey & chocolate

An Italian classic with a twist, the perfect end to an Italian Sunday lunch

  • Takes 35-45 minutes
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 264
  • fat 11g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 37g
  • sugars 16g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 6g
  • salt 0.23g

Ingredients

  • 6 large just ripe but firm peaches
  • 15 loose (or 9 paper-wrapped) amaretti biscuits
  • scant 50g blanched almonds
  • 85g dark chocolate (minimum 60% cocoa solids), roughly broken
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp honey – clear or set
  • 500g tub crème fraîche or mascarpone
  • a little cocoa powder

Tip

Getting ahead
The filling (except the peach flesh) can be prepared a few hours ahead and chilled.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Halve and stone the peaches, then dig out a little flesh from the centre of each half, using a sharp-edged soup spoon. Put flesh and peaches to one side.

  2. Tip the amaretti, almonds and chocolate into a food processor and pulse until the mixture is like coarse gravel. Add the spooned-out peach flesh, egg and honey and whizz for just a second or two to combine – don't over-process.

  3. Spoon the stuffing into the peach halves, mounding it up a little. Arrange the peaches in a single layer in a heavy baking tin, then bake for 25-30 minutes or until the flesh is tender and the stuffing nicely browned. Serve hot, with a dollop of mascarpone or crème fraîche and a dusting of sifted cocoa powder.