Peaches are such a delicious fruit. But the truly ripe and sweet ones are available just for a few months during the year. That said, when we can get our hands on them we ought to make as many recipes as possible. The long winter will settle in and we’ll have some sweet memories to go through it!
Today we bring you a cold dessert that doesn’t need to be baked; it is simply delicious and is ready under 15 minutes. You can prepare a large amount to save it in the refrigerator and enjoy for days in a row. Your whole family will enjoy this healthy, mouthwatering sweet treat and you will have a dessert ready to serve anytime you need it.
Grab the ingredients and here is how to prepare this summer recipe with peaches and couscous.
Recipe by Simona Novarini
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 people
- 380 ml of peach juice
- 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
- 250 grams of Martino Couscous
- 1 pecan of butter
- 5 fresh peacher
- 300 grams of peach jam
Hydrate the couscous
In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, pour 380 ml of peach juice and add two tablespoons of cornstarch. Mix well until the cornstarch has dissolved into the juice. Bring the peach juice to a simmer. Do not let the juice boil or become too hot.
Turn off the heat and pour evenly 250 grams of Martino Couscous. Cover with a lid and let the couscous absorb all the juice slowly for about 4-5 minutes. After the necessary time, fluff the couscous with the help of a fork.
Prepare the peaches
For this recipe, it is better to choose ripe and soft peaches. As there will be no baking we prefer peaches that are already soft. Wash thoroughly five peaches.
Peel the skin and slice the peaches. Work over a large bowl to catch any juices, hold the peach in your hand and, using a sharp paring knife, make a cut down to the pit. Then cut parallel to the first cut 1/2 inch (or desired thickness) over, also to the pit.
Flick the blade of your knife in the direction of the first slice, the segment will come away easily. Repeat with remaining fruit. Discard the pit.
Assemble the dessert
Bring in a glass or porcelain baking dish and butter it lightly. You might want to sprinkle some cane sugar as well. It is up to you. Next pour the hydrated couscous inside and line it up to cover the whole dish surface. With the help of a spoon spread the couscous and press lightly to obtain an even surface.
Next line up the peach slices one next to the other. Make sure to leave no empty space between the slices. Finally, pour some warmed up peach jam over the fresh peaches. Your dessert is ready to go into the refrigerator. Leave it to cool for 2-3 hours before serving to become firm and easy-to-cut and serve.
Cut the peach and couscous cold pie into square pieces and serve with whipped cream, ice cream, and a leaf or two of fresh mint.
To add some interest to this cold peaches and couscous tart, you might sprinkle some lavender florets and seeds on top. It will bring a special aroma and images of the French countryside.
Add some cheesecake cream between your couscous and peaches and you have upgraded this dessert in seconds!
Maybe autumn tarts and pies are great because of the soft and sweet apples. But now summer has its own cold, fresh juicy sweet tarts. When the season of the peaches settles in, buy as many as you can. Mix the soft ripe fruits with couscous and you have a perfect dessert in minutes. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to get all the tasty couscous combinations directly in your inbox.
Peaches? What if the summer is over and there are no more peaches out there. Not to worry. Take the recipe, and replace peaches with your favorite fruit. Pears can work wonders too. Always remember to choose fruits that are soft and juicy. Experiment and let us know your favorite fruit and couscous combinations in the comments.