My most fragrant memory of cloves comes from my mom's Spiced Peaches. This is one of the dishes she would make for special formal occasions, usually in the spring or summer. She'd always use peach halves, and often serve it over vanilla bean ice cream. The recipe came from the Betty Crocker cook book she'd gotten as a wedding present.
I'm active again in Toastmasters, and we've started a rotation of snacks to bring to our meeting. Our group is filled with health-conscious people, so I was trying to think of something not boring, but different than chocolatey baked goods. I'd just come across this recipe when I visited my folks recently, so I thought it would be fun to try my hand at making mom's peaches.
Since you can use canned fruit for this recipe, and most of the ingredients are common pantry items, I thought this would be a pretty economical treat too. I did triple the recipe to fit the size of our group, using two cans of sliced peaches and a can of pear halves that I had on hand. Because of that, I ended up using a whole bottle of cinnamon sticks, so I ended up spending a good ten bucks on this dish - not quite as economical as I'd thought. But it's a pretty presentation, and I think the group will enjoy the surprise.
Betty Crocker's Spiced Peaches
Mix 1 Cup vinegar, 1 Cup honey, 3 whole cloves, and 3 sticks cinnamon in a saucepan. Heat to a simmer. Add 6 cups canned peach halves. Cool. Chill several hours or overnight. Drain. Serve fruit with some of the liquid over it. *My mom's tip was to use the juice from the canned fruit in the recipe as well.
What are your favorite light snacks to bring to a group event? Please leave a comment on my blog. I'd love to hear from you!