Ruston, Louisiana is famous for this luscious, regional fruit. To poach this fruit in sugar straight from Louisiana cane fields seemed obvious to me.
Ingredients for Poached Vanilla Peaches:
1 vanilla bean, split
8 peaches, split and seeded
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
Method for Poached Vanilla Peaches:
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine water, sugar and vanilla bean. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove vanilla bean and scrape inside of bean into saucepan. Add as many peaches as possible to pan without piling or overcrowding. Poach over a low simmer 8 minutes or until fruit is soft. Remove peaches and finish poaching remaining peaches. Place poached peaches flat side down in a glass baking dish. Pour vanilla syrup on top and refrigerate at least 3 hours.
Ingredients for Whipped Strawberry-Mint Yogurt:
1 cup Strawberry Yogurt
1 cup loosely packed mint leaves
½ cup water
¼ cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
mint sprigs for garnish
strawberries for garnish
Method for Whipped Strawberry-Mint Yogurt:
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine water and sugar. Simmer and stir until sugar has dissolved. Add mint leaves and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 5 minutes. Strain and chill syrup. In a mixer, whisk syrup and cream until stiff. In a small mixing bowl, whisk yogurt until smooth, and fold it into cream mixture. Place 2 peach halves in a shallow bowl. Dollop with minted yogurt cream, and garnish with fresh mint and strawberries.