Poached peaches in white wine is a simple but elegant dessert that is perfect to serve at dinner parties. You can even make them ahead of time for easy entertaining. Simple, delicious and made with just 2 ingredients, they are the prefect way to round off any meal.

Poached peaches with mascarpone cream by wine bottle

Poached peaches in white wine are nearly as easy to make as they are to present and they’re universally loved! This is one of my go to desserts for entertaining and they pair wonderfully with my Mascarpone Cream,  Cream Cheese Ice Cream, Whipped Cream or fresh basil.

I really like serving a fruit based dessert when hosting a dinner party. As much as I love cake, it can sometimes be too heavy to serve after a rich meal. These peaches are full of flavor but remain light and they are not overly sweet.

To Make Poached Peaches You Will Need

You only need two ingredients to make this elegant dessert!

  • White Wine – I like to use a chardonnay for this recipe. I like to use one aged in oak so that it has notes of vanilla. Chardonnay is a dry wine with a full body and I would wager that a chenin blanc would also work well.
  • Peaches – The peaches you use shouldn’t be overly ripe, so that they don’t break up during cooking. They should be just ripe and be firm.

How To Make Poached Peaches

  1. Boil Wine – Bring wine to a boil over medium heat in a pot just large enough for peaches.
  2. Simmer Peaches – Wash peaches and remove stems. Reduce to low, add peaches, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, rotating them to ensure they completely soak.
  3. Rest – Remove from heat and allow to rest 30 minutes.
  4. Remove Skin – Lightly pinch or squeeze peaches to pull skin, it should remove easily in 1-2 pieces.
  5. Serve – Drizzle a little sauce on top to plate and serve.

It will take around 15 minutes for the peaches to poach in the wine. They shouldn’t be overly soft, so take care not to overcook them. They should be fairly firm to the touch and you can check the doneness with a knife before removing them from the poaching liquid.

Variations

  • Vanilla Poached Peaches – Add 2 Tablespoons honey and 1 vanilla bean pod split or 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • Brandy Poached Peaches – Replace wine with 2 1/2 cups water, 1 cup orange juice and 1/4 cup peach brandy
  • Bourbon Poached Peaches – Replace wine with 2 cups water, 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup bourbon

peached peaches in white wine in shallow dishes with mascarpone cream and a gold spoon

Tips

  • Use a small pot, just large enough to hold the peaches so that the wine covers a good portion of them. Don’t use an overly large pan.
  • Be sure to rotate your peaches when they are poaching so that they completely soak in the liquid.
  • If making ahead of time, you can store the peaches in their poaching liquid in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Take care not to overcook the peaches or they will become soft and mushy.

Can You Poach Peaches Ahead Of Time?

If you are looking for a dessert recipe that you can make the day before, this is the recipe for you! Poach the peaches and remove the skin, as per the recipe, and then store them in an airtight container in the fridge along with the sauce. You can then either serve the peaches cold or gently reheat them in the sauce.

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Poached peaches with mascarpone cream recipe
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Poached Peaches in White Wine

Poached peaches in white wine is a simple but elegant dessert that is perfect to serve at dinner parties. You can even make them ahead of time for easy entertaining.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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Ingredients  

  • 2 cups white wine
  • 4 slightly ripe peaches

Instructions 

  • Bring wine to a boil over medium heat in a pot just large enough for peaches.
  • Wash peaches and remove stems. Reduce to low, add peaches, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, rotating them to ensure they completely soak.
  • Remove from heat and allow to rest 30 minutes.
  • Lightly pinch or squeeze peaches to pull skin, it should remove easily in 1-2 pieces.
  • Drizzle a little sauce on top to plate and serve.

Julie's Tips

Use a small pot, just large enough to hold the peaches so that the wine covers a good portion of them. Don't use an overly large pan.
Be sure to rotate your peaches when they are poaching so that they completely soak in the liquid.
If making ahead of time, you can store the peaches in their poaching liquid in an airtight container in the fridge.
Take care not to overcook the peaches or they will become soft and mushy.
Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 489IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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