An Italian classic with a twist, the perfect end to an Italian Sunday lunch
Takes 35-45 minutes
Nutrition per serving
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
Getting ahead The filling (except the peach flesh) can be prepared a few hours ahead and chilled.
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.
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.
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.
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