Have you ever tried a grilled dessert? This dessert combines grilled peaches with whipped mascarpone and salted caramel sauce for a unique yet easy sweet treat for those warm summer nights ahead.
Summer is officially here and that it’s finally peach season! I’m really excited to share this easy summer dessert recipe as it is another one of those recipes that dates back many years, to a trip up to a friend’s beach house on Lake Michigan. I’ve always loved the idea of grilled fruit as the base for a light summer dessert. And peaches are one of the best fruits to grill since the heat causes them to caramelize a bit, bringing out their sweetness.
Not to mention that fact that it’s a really easy dessert and you can quickly scale it for a larger group. Why? Because really all we’re doing is grilling peaches, whipping mascarpone and drizzling it all with some yummy salted caramel sauce. The ultimate summer dessert!
How to Grill Peaches
To grill the peaches simply brush the grates lightly with oil and preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Cut your peaches in half and remove the pits, brush the cut side of the peach with oil and grill for 5 minutes. It’s really that easy! This simple tips below will help you ensure perfectly grilled peaches every time.
Use Fresh and Ripe Peaches for Grilling
One of the biggest, and most frustrating, challenges I had in this recipe was getting great peaches. If a peach is not ripe, it is very hard to pit and keep the nice peach halves you want for grilling. Ideally, you want peaches that you can easily pit and cut into two halves.
Grilled Peaches Temp and Time
The key to nicely grilled peaches is making sure they don’t stick to the grill. This means a light coating of olive oil is in order. Then you just grill them for 5-7 minutes. I personally just leave them face down as I don’t feel it’s necessary to flip them. This also keeps the skins from sticking to the grill. You want your grill at about 400°F and I use slightly indirect heat so you get nice grill marks without too much char on the fruit.
Salted Caramel Sauce
There are lots of options when it comes to salted caramel sauce. You can most likely find a premade version in your local grocery store, which will work just fine for this recipe. I like to make my own and with this quick 15-minute recipe from my friend Erin at Platings & Pairings you can whip up a batch in no time.
things you may want for this recipe
Vermont Creamery Mascarpone – I’ve tried a lot of different mascarpones and I have to say this is by far my favorite. Both the texture and taste are just right. (not sponsored)
Grilled Peaches with Whipped Mascarpone
- 2 large, ripe peaches
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup mascarpone
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup salted caramel sauce
- Prepare the grill. Lightly brush your grill grates with olive oil and preheat your grill to about 400°F.
- Whip the mascarpone. Add the heavy cream to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add the mascarpone and vanilla and beat for another minute or so. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Prepare the peaches. Cut the peaches in half and remove the pits. Brush the cut slides generously with olive oil.
- Grill the peaches. Place the peaches cut side down on the preheated grill. Grill for 5 minutes and remove.
- Assemble. Place a peach half or two on a plate. Top with the whipped mascarpone and drizzle with caramel sauce. Serve immediately.
- You can use either homemade or store-bought salted caramel sauce. If making homemade be sure to make it prior to grilling the peaches.