Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone Cheese

Total Time:
35 min
15 min
15 min
5 min

6 servings


Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or prepare the barbecue (medium-high heat). Lightly brush the grill pan or rack with oil. Place the peaches on the grill pan and do not move the peaches, otherwise you will not have those great grill marks. It takes about 2 to 3 minutes per side to get those grill marks. Grill the peaches until the grill marks are formed, slightly softened and heated through, about 5 to 6 minutes total.

Meanwhile, stir the sugar, brandy, and lemon juice in a medium bowl to blend. Set the brandy mixture aside.

As the peaches are ready, remove them from the grill and place them in a shallow baking dish. Top them with the brandy mixture, and toss to coat. Set aside for 15 minutes and allow to marinate, tossing occasionally.

Meanwhile, stir the mascarpone and vanilla in a small bowl to blend.

Divide the grilled peach mixture equally among 6 coupe dishes. Pour the wine over the peaches. Dollop the mascarpone mixture atop the peaches, and serve.

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    The grilled peaches were one of the best non-chocolate desserts I have had. I did modify based on the other reviews. I did not use the wine in the mixture. Also instead of the mascarpone and vanilla mix, I had salted Carmel gelato - sooo yummy!!!! Great light summer dessert!
    I make this recipe throughout the summer months by request of friends and family! Modified it a little, I leave out the wine (Honestly, it seems a little much). Instead of wine, I sprinkle a little finely chopped toasted pecans and then add the cheese. Yum!
    I made this tonight for a BBQ with friends. I did not use the white wine (honestly, I forgot!) but I'm glad because I think it would make it too sweet. Also, I used more vanilla in the mascarpone than called for - double or triple probably. It was very easy to make and didn't take me away from socializing because the preparation is almost non-existent. Will definitely make again - and have already recommended it to a friend who couldn't join us! Delicious.
    This is the first time I have made this and I was really excited to try it because the peaches I bought were so sweet. Well, It was not that great, I would say this is just average. I would not serve it to guests at all. I will not make this again either.
    I have made this several times at our outdoor barbecues. I do not use the wine and the cheese. Instead I used a good brandy, chopped some walnuts and added it to the mixture. I served it with whipped cream on top.

    My guests loved this version. Good luck!
    I did this at a dinner party and it worked perfectly. The only thing I changed was the cheese. I used a local pear goat cheese instead of the mascapone to make it a totally local dish. The guests raved especially my sister who is gluten and dairy intolorant. Finally a dessert our whole family can enjoy!
    Super quick, a hit every time I make it. The best part is being able to finish this off quickly while guests are over. Also great for summer cooking and not a lot of heat in the house.
    I was so excited about this sounded elegant, rich and yummy. Yummy it was not!
    It was AWFUL!
    I prepared it exactly as directed. In my opinion, the dry white wine ruined it. I modified the recipe by omitting the wine AND Mascarpone cheese. Instead, I used a dollop of real vanilla ice cream and added fresh raspberries. DELISH!
    This is an easy and simple recipe i can prepare in 20 mins. Brandy is a must as it brings the wonderful flavor. the second time i made it we drank all the wine during dinner. but i still served it as a dessert without wine. Still taste wonderful. Be careful on the quality of the wine as it makes the dramatic difference. choose something a bit sweet and something you would drink.

    a great success. thanks giada.
    The first time I tried this recipe I didn't care to much for the mascarpone with just the vanilla so I added some of the brandy marinade and it was just delicious. But after watching todays show with the Angel Food Cake and Mascarpone cream I will add the whipping cream to the mascarpone the next time I do the grilled peaches.. I will most definitely use this for my guests.
    Amazing dessert.
    This was okay. I don't think I will make it again though.
    First time I had made this the wine took over the flavor of the brandy. Second, time I didn't use the wine and it was wonderful combination. Wine and brandy didn't mesh very good together.
    Excellent flavour with the mascarpone but I would decrease or eliminate the wine as I found it to break down the cheese and did not add to the dessert.
    Not to sweet - just a perfect dessert or pre dinner treat!
    It was delightful and very flavorful. I grilled the peaches on an indoor grill pan but they still had all the grill marks and the smell in the kitchen was divine.

    I added a bit of ground cinnamon and allspice to the mascarpone cheese before I topped it on the peaches.

    Overall the recipe was easy and my company really enjoyed it.

    Agnes, Apopka, Fl
    Although the grilled peaches were a great idea, the mascarpone was not sweet enough. Still an interesting combination.
    Grilled peaches, wine, marscarpone cheese...all good on their own, but put it all together...yuck...
    Eeek! My friend and I tried this a few nights ago and we must have done something terribly wrong. Normally I adore Giada's recipes, but this one was definitely not a keeper...the marinated peaches, when eaten alone, were absolutely delicious, but with the wine and mascarpone, terrible! I suppose 90% of the bad taste was due to the wine (it was pretty cheap white wine, so make sure you have a good bottle on-hand), but we thought that the wine overpowered the wonderful taste of the marinated peaches. Perhaps try serving this WITHOUT the wine if you don't already have some good stuff at home.
    the brandy sauce was way too much for this recipe. it did not mesh well with the wine either. i think it would be better with glazed peaches and the mascarpone only.
    horrible recipe. Peaches became soggy when they were done being grilled. Sauce was extremely lemony and sour. I didnt even bother putting them in white wine because i didnt want to waste the good wine. Absolutly awful.
    I made this dessert just as winter reared its ugly head again at home. No grill to use, so I marinated the peaches in the brandy/sugar mix and then put them in the oven after I pulled out my roast pork. Turned the oven off and let the peaches sit until I was ready to serve. The marscapone "sauce" was excellent and it was a nice simple dish to end the meal with. Used a Spanish Cava on the side instead of champagne or other sparkling wine. Got rave reviews. Will definitely make again!
    The Peaches with mascarpone where wonderful. They were easy to make and could be made in advance.
    Quick, easy, light and delicious.
    Easy and good. My husband and I both agreed that there was too much alcohol, so depending on the dish served, would eliminate one or the other.
    This recipe is actually the first time that I have had marscarpone cheese. After making it (which only took a minute or two) I tasted it and my first thought was home-made ice cream, but without all the time and trouble. It was really great. My husband did not like the skins on the peaches so I peeled them and it work just as good.
    Great dessert, perfect for summer entertaining. Easy to prepare ahead of time.
    Great dessert. Will satisfy sweet tooth. Goes better with dry white than medium- or sweet white wine.
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