GRILLED PEACHES WITH ORANGE FLOWER WATER – LES PECHES A LA FLEUR D’ORANGER GRILLEE
A lot of orange flower water makes its way into French cuisine, thanks to the Maghreb and its residents, many of who make France their home. I love the flavor so much I planted an orange tree in my garden just to have the aroma for a few weeks a year; I also love its exotic perfume in both sweet and savory dishes. Here it enhances peaches in the simplest way possible.
ASTUCE: choose peaches that are fragrant and slightly firm. Softer peaches will work, but they tend to melt on the grill. I like to use a perforated grill pan, and grill these on a gas grill. Note that white peaches are generally sweeter than their yellow counterparts and while the recipe calls for freestone peaches, you can make it with clingstone peaches too – it’s just a little more challenging to cut off the peach from the stone. I’ve suggested garnishing this dessert with red currants, though it really doesn’t need beautifying if your peaches are blushing red. Finally, the sugar is optional, optional, optional. If the peaches are lovely and sweet, skip it!