Non-Guilty Dessert with Grilled Peaches

I have discovered a new spice. It is one that I have NEVER heard of before, and quite frankly, I’m not sure if I’ve even tasted before! It’s a magical, sweet, nutmeg-y spice that has the most unique and curious flavor. It’s cardamom.

Have you heart of it?

Well it’s one of the ingredients in today’s recipe that I made and enjoyed all by myself last night. It was my guilty indulgence, except I didn’t feel any guilt because it is 75% peaches! And boy was this dessert good!!!

(Original recipe and above photo found in the August 2012 issue of Glamour Magazine)
Makes 8 servings
  • 1 cup marscarpone cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. maple syrup, plus extra for drizzling
  • Juice of 1/2 large lemon
  • A large pinch of fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom (here’s that magical ingredient I was telling you about! can’t wait for you to try it!)
  • A large pinch of salt
  • 8 ripe peaches (we just got some fresh from the farmers market and they are amazing!)
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 mint leaves for garnish
  1. Preheat grill to low.
  2. Stir together marscarpone, maple syrup, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Cut peaches in half and remove pits. 
  4. Brush lightly with butter. Grill on low heat with the cut side down for 3 minutes. Flip and grill for another 3 minutes, until soft and heated through. (NOTE: if you don’t feel like grilling, then the microwave works, too! Microwave one peach, halved, for 2 minutes instead. It won’t be as good as grilled, but it’s faster!)
  5. Serve 2 halves in each bowl with a dollop of marscarpone, a drizzle of syrup, and the mint as garnish.
Note:  You can save the marscarpone mixture in the fridge for a few days, so if you have a small family, like me, then use part of the marscarpone mixture and peaches now, and part of them later!

Here’s how mine turned out (thank you,  Instagram!)

What is your favorite recipe that has cardamom in it? I need to find more recipes with this delicious spice!

  • I made orange cardamom sorbet. So delicious! And healthy! You just juice a bunch of oranges (or I like to use clementines as well!), add a little cardamom and a tiny bit of splenda and then put it in an ice cream maker!

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