Peaches Peaches Peaches
Peaches are the spotlight for this edition of Summer Fest and I couldn’t be happier to share with you my Sweet Peach Ancho Sauce.
Peaches simply make life sweeter.
Sliced, diced, juiced or stewed peaches is one of many wonderful gifts summer graciously shares with us.
Over the holiday weekend I tinkered in my kitchen putting the finishing touches on this sweet, thick sauce. Drizzled warm over vanilla ice cream, served over fish or chilled ready to slather on toast.
This sauce offers peaches in two textures fresh and dried. Enhanced with the flavors of Mexico that I crave make for one sensational sauce.
Fresh peaches, piloncillo, ancho chile, lime zest and lime juice are quickly heated together for the base.
The dried ancho chile soaks in the every ounce of warm piloncillo giving the sauce the rich taste of hours on the stove top.
The ancho chile (which are dried poblanos) are the sweetest of all dried chiles in my opinion, with tiny tones of licorice and dried plums. Piloncillo adds a layer of smokey, caramely flavor.
Grating the piloncillo does take a little effort, but well worth the results. A splash of freshness is added with lime zest and juice.
A tasty layer of texture from dried peaches and pecans add the finishing touch. After resisting for what seemed like forever, we drizzled over cold vanilla ice cream.
We’re teaming up with food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2011, a season-long garden party. In coming weeks, we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Today, we’re exploring peaches!
from the FNDISH
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Sweet Peach Ancho Chile Sauce
by Sweet Life
By Vianney Rodriguez
makes 2 1/2 cups
- 2 cups fresh peaches, diced
- 1/2 cup grated piloncillo
- 1/2 cup of water
- zest and juice of 1/2 large lime
- 1/2 chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup chopped dried peaches
- 1 ancho chile, stem and seeds removed and soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
- In a saucepan over medium high heat add fresh peaches, piloncillo, water, lime zest and lime juice.
- Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to break down peaches.
- Lower heat and bring mixture to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and place mixture in blender. Carefully blend until smooth.
- Place blended mixture into a bowl, allow to cool.
- Add pecans and dried peaches. Stir to combine.
- Transfer to an airtight container. Keep in fridge until ready to serve.
*The sauce will thicken after refrigerated, thin with a little water if needed.
Craving more peach? Check out more recipe ideas from the Summer Fest participants
Cooking with Books ~ Peaches and Cream Cheesecake
What’s Gaby Cooking ~ Peach and Blueberry Cobbler
Daily Dishin ~ Fresh Peaches and Cream No Bake Pie
Cooking with Elise ~ Bruschetta with Grilled Peach Chutney
Sassy Radish ~ Peach, Apricot and Blueberry Cobbler with a Cornmeal Crust
Recipe Girl ~ Fresh Peach Pie
A Way to Garden ~ Freezing Peaches Properly
Indian Simmer ~ Peach Gujiya
Dixie Chik Cooks ~ Peach Cobbler
And Love it Too ~Pan Seared Salmon with Fresh Peach Salsa
Cooking with My Kid ~Peach and Friends cobbler Pie
From My Corner of Saratoga ~ Double Caramel Peaches
I am Mommy ~ Peach Bread
CIA Dropout~ Peachy Keen Panna Cotta
In Jennie’s Kitchen~ Easy Peach Preserves
White on Rice Couple: Peach Heirloom Tomato Salad
FN Dish: Summer Fest: Peach Recipes
Taste With The Eyes: Warm White Peach and Blackberry Cobbler
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Fresh Peach Cookies
Pinch My Salt: Creamy Peach Smoothie
Food2: 5 Killer Peach Flavored Cocktails
Healthy Eats: 8 Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Eat Peaches
Cooking Channel: Peaches on the Grill
Add a Pinch: My Grandmother’s Peach Cobbler
The Sensitive Epicure: A Summer Peach Tart Gluten-Free
She Wears Many Hats: Peach Wontons
Wow, this sauce sounds totally fantastic! Love a sweet sauce with a bit of a kick!
Oh my, my mouth is watering! Peaches are one of my most favorite fruits of summer, and this looks spectactular for both sweet and savory applications.
Ohh, that summer fest is such a cool idea! & I love how this is sweet with a little kick. Oh, and that spice ohoto is devestatingly lovely <3.
this is really exciting–it’d complement so many things! i was eying the peaches in the store just the other day, and now i have a valid reason to buy several! 🙂
Roxana GreenGirl says
I love the peach season and seem I just can’t have enough.
Your hot peach sauce sounds delicious!! WOW, never thought of combining peach and chili pepper. Thanks for sharing
Magic of Spice says
Absolutely divine! Ancho is my all time favorite chile, and I can picture this amazing sauce on most anything I enjoy…beautiful combination of flavors!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and big hugs 🙂
I’ve been pretty peach-obsessed myself and I am so making this to eat over ice cream. I think it would be the dessert of my dreams.
Nami @ Just One Cookbook says
Wow what a creative sauce!! I’ve never tasted/heard of this combination. Very interesting and I’d LOVE to try this! Your pictures are beautiful…. I love your blog – I’ll be subscribing your post. Nice to meet you!
Amazing spicy peach sauce and it must be good for the ice cream 🙂 Great summer treat 🙂
This looks really good, I cannot imagine the flavour, but that second picture, I think really captures it. Avalanche. Of flavour ;p
Malli's Mint and Mimosas says
Peach is a favorite fruit in my family and this sauce sounds perfect with the spiciness of Ancho chillies….. what a brilliant event, recipe and photos:)
Parsley Sage says
Oooh! I know that’s supposed to be for sweets but I’m imagining this on some perfectly cooked steak and its making my tummy go ‘WANT!’
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner says
Oh that sounds like it would be so delicious. I wish I could make this…sad story…when I was 16 I drank a bunch of peach wine coolers and got all kinds of drunk and yakked my brains out. Sort of ruined peach for me…to this day! How sad!
Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner
I Loooooooooooove peaches!! Great recipe!
I cannot imagine anyone having a better peach recipe (including myself, who think the peach is God’s nectar) than you with the depth of flavor from the chile – and over ice cream …OMG that has to be my kind of manna..
sweet and spicy – good combination of flavors!
Carolyn Jung says
I could imagine it over pork and chicken, but ice cream? Wow! I kinda like that contrast of the sweet with the heat.
Amen! I am eating a piece of my leftover peach pie, and I agree with you wholeheartedly. Peaches make my world go round 🙂 Thank you for sharing your sweet self with me today. I hope you have a fabulous end to your week. Take care, my friend!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
That looks lusciously good! I can’t wait for Summer and peach season to start again! 😀
This really sounds delicious. I’d love to have a jar of it in my pantry or fridge. I hope you have a great evning. Blessings…Mary
Simply Life says
wow! i’m so impressed! this looks incredible and definitely something you’d see in a store!
Maris(In Good Taste) says
I adore peaches and looks like you have a winning recipe here!
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm, mmmm, Good!
I know we’d love this. Peaches are a big fave, and I love the flavor of piloncillo and ancho in general, so know they’d be terrific. Have tried the combo with grilled pork, but not dessert yet. Drooling right now! Great recipe.
wow what a sauce you are an amazing cook
Baking Serendipity says
My husband and I go peach crazy in the summer. I’m loving the peach recipes here 🙂 This sounds perfect drizzled over ice cream. Yum!
“Drizzled warm over vanilla ice cream, served over fish or chilled ready to slather on toast.”!!!??? OMG! I love it!!! BTW, I made Chuls’ highlighted Mexican Brownies over the weekend. It tasted soooo good!!!
Angie's Recipes says
Spicy peach sauce sounds really fantastic!
denise @ quickies on the dinner table says
Oh – my favourite to eat peaches? Why as salsa, of course!
denise @ quickies on the dinner table says
Hola mi chica! How you been girl? Great I hope. Thanks for visiting and your sweet, sweet words 🙂 Kinda fell off the horse for a bit, but hopefully, I’ll stay in the saddle this time 😉
LOOOOOOOOVE your peachy salsa – never woulda mixed spice with such a luscious fruit but you make me wanna do naughty things in the kitchen! Very pretty pics too. Loving the new look – so fresh!
I like the sweet and spicy combo here! This is going on my list of to-dos when peaches become available!
[email protected] says
Hey Bonnie, We are up to our knees in peaches here in the south. Love this idea for peachy chile sauce!
Heather @girlichef says
Oh my gosh..that is fantastic! Yum!
Emily @Cleanliness says
This looks to die for!
Kitchen Belleicious says
this is on my list no matter what the day holds! I am in love. the sweetness with the hint of heat and spice- one of the coolest recipes I have ever seen!
Lori Lynn says
Great Summer Fest addition! Love the pairing with ancho chile.
Oh, *drool*! That sauce must be fantastic with grilled steak.