Ready in under 30 minutes, these easy stovetop stewed peaches are beautifully sweet, subtly spiced with warm cinnamon, and flavored with aromatic vanilla. Enjoy these sweet, ripe glazed peaches on top of a scoop of your favorite ice cream or a bowl of yogurt for a delicious summer treat!
Why You’ll Love These Stewed Peaches
It’s peach season, and the best way to celebrate is by, of course, making a delicious dessert featuring them as the star! These stovetop stewed peaches are one of the many reasons why we love mid to late summer. Here’s why we love this rustic, easy recipe and why you will too:
- Summer Freshness – The base of this recipe is ripe, juicy peaches, which are the best during the warm summer season.
- Sweet and Warm – This recipe has a perfect blend of sugar, warm cinnamon, and aromatic vanilla which creates a comforting blend of flavors that you’ll absolutely love.
- Incredibly Simple to Make – It’s a no-fuss recipe that yields a delicious stand alone dessert or a peach sauce to use on ice cream without the need for any complicated steps or specialized equipment.
- Versatile– These stewed peaches work beautifully as a topping for your breakfast oats, your brunch pancakes, or your after-dinner bowl of vanilla ice cream!
This recipe only requires a few ingredients- most of them may be in your pantry already. However, like most simple recipes, the best flavor lies in using high-quality, ripe and in-season ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Peaches – Choose ripe, whole peaches for the best flavor. During cooking, they’ll be transformed into soft, syrupy peach slices.
- Sugar – Use brown sugar, turbinado sugar or cane sugar to help enhance the sweetness of the peaches. You can omit the sugar if your peaches are super sweet, however it does help create a sweet, sticky syrup that glazes the peaches.
- Water – A bit of liquid helps in the stewing process.
- Vanilla Extract – This adds a hint of depth to the peaches.
- Optional Ingredients – Feel free to add some warmth with ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick, and a touch of creaminess with salted vegan butter or your butter of choice.
This recipe is super flexible- feel free to experiment with a few alternatives or what you have on hand:
- Peaches – No peaches on hand? Swap them out for nectarines or any stone fruits you have available.
- Sugar – You can switch the regular sugar with other options like coconut sugar or maple syrup.
- Vanilla Extract – Use a vanilla pod or vanilla bean to enhance the flavor of your stewed peaches with an even more decadent touch!
- Optional Ingredients – Try using nutmeg instead of cinnamon for a hint of warm spice, or replace butter with coconut oil.
TIP – Adding a splash of lemon juice can prevent your peaches from browning and add a subtle tanginess to your dish!
Here’s what you’ll need to make these stewed peaches:
- Medium Pot
- Knife for slicing and peeling peaches
🍑 Step By Step Instructions 🍑
For exact ingredient quantities, skip to the recipe card below! There’s also a video tutorial on how to cook the peaches in the recipe card below.
STEP 1: Wash and dry the fresh, ripe peaches. Peel the peaches and cut them into slices.
TIP: for very ripe peaches, I’ve found that slicing the peaches into wedges first, then peeling the skin off each slice is the easiest method for peeling.
STEP 2: Add the peach slices to a pot on medium-low heat, along with sugar and water. Add the cinnamon or cinnamon stick if using.
STEP 3: Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves and let it simmer. Once the peaches are tender and the syrup has thickened slightly (about 10-15 minutes), remove the pot from heat.
STEP 4: Once removed from the heat, stir in the vanilla extract and salted vegan butter (if using).
STEP 5: Let your cooked peaches cool at room temperature for 30 minutes for the peach sauce to thicken up (it will continue to thicken as it cools in the fridge). Of course, these peaches can be served over ice cream while still warm!
Once cooled, serve the stewed peaches on top of vanilla ice cream or coconut yogurt, spooning some of the delicious syrup over the top.
I served mine over coconut milk ice cream with a dollop of coconut whipped cream on top- both of which go wonderfully with the flavor of the peaches.
After cooling, transfer the peaches to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Reheat the cooked peaches in the microwave for 30-45 seconds or on the stovetop whenever you want to serve them.
- Choose ripe but firm peaches for this recipe: overripe peaches may turn mushy during cooking, while under ripe peaches might not have the ideal sweetness.
- Stir occasionally during cooking: this ensures even heating and prevents sticking or burning.
- For a thicker syrup, simmer for a few more minutes: but remember not to overcook the peaches! You can also add more sugar for a thicker syrup. Remember- the syrup will thicken as it cools.
Yes, you can. Make sure to thaw them before starting the process, and note that the cooking time may need to be adjusted accordingly.
Absolutely. This recipe works wonderfully with other stone fruits, such as nectarines, apricots, or even a mix of your favorite summer fruits.
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