Peaches are one of those jewels that are best eaten in their natural state but why not throw a half dozen into a pie or a cobbler, and save a few for this delicious dessert. The heat from grilling enhances the sweetness and creates a gorgeous texture to go along with the incomparable fuzzy skin of the peach. Temperature, taste, and texture combine to make a truly sensual bite.
I paired the peach with one of nature’s other gifts, honey as I was honored to use a few precious spoonfuls of honey collected by my friend Melissa in her own backyard hive. Her bees in Healdsburg, California feast on pollen from her nearby vegetable garden and all of the bounty that Sonoma has to offer. The Greek yogurt in this recipe is a tangy counterpoint to the sweetness of the peaches and honey. From start to finish, this is a 20 minute recipe.
Note: Try to find yogurt with a firm texture so that you can scoop it up as you would ice cream. Runny yogurt will taste just as nice, but will not make quite the presentation. If you are making several servings, you can scoop the yogurt with a small scooper, and place the scoops of yogurt on a plate. Set the plate in the freezer while you complete the recipe. This makes the yogurt more firm and able to stand up to the residual heat of the peach. Just don’t leave the yogurt in for more than about 10 minutes or it will begin to freeze and crystallize.
Photos: Kelly Yandell