Pesche al Forno {Baked Peaches}

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Aren’t these gawgeous? It’s a simple & elegant Italian dessert called Pesche (pez-kay) al Forno (four-no). It’s Italian for Peaches in the oven or alla Americana would be baked Peaches.

This is an incredibly beautiful dish & oh so easy to pull together. If you’ve got company coming it’s perfect. You can even prepare everything ahead of time & just pop it into the oven as soon as dinner starts. The smells coming from the oven will have them squirming in their seats. Do be sure to let them cool just a bit before serving. Resist the temptation or trust me you’ll have burnt tongues on your hands.

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Once they’ve had time to rest, the peaches will ooze their peach goodness. And the filling, oh the glorious filling, well that will have them wondering what exactly you put in there. It’s oh so crunchy & sweet. Ah-mazing.

The Amaretti cookies are one of my favorite Italian cookies. One of these days I’m going to try to bake some myself. They will crush easily so you don’t have to bash them with a mallet -  your hand will do the job. Sometimes Candied Cherries are hard to find so I have substituted dried cherries (yes, those in the photo are dried cherries) and they’re quite good. Again, if you don’t have almonds on hand, feel free to substitute. Walnuts would be very good too! I’m a big fan of using what you have on hand. Either way your tummy is going to be a happy camper & well your guests will be wondering just how you do it all : ) You are a superhero, aren’t you? I thought for certain I’d seen your cape *wink wink*

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Have you ever had stuffed baked Peaches?

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What you’ll need:
4 Peaches
100g Amaretti Cookies
50g of Almonds – Chopped
4 Candied or Dried Cherries – Chopped
4 tbsp Sugar
Unsalted Butter

What to do:
Preheat oven to 375. Wash & dry your peaches. Cut them in half & remove pits. Carefully remove any extra pit residue. You will need to create a small cavity for the filling. Use a melon baller or your tbsp. measure.

Place your Amaretti into a small ziplock bag, seal & crush them until they are in small pieces (but not powder). In a small bowl, add your crushed Amaretti, the almonds, the cherries & sugar. Mix well.

Spray an ovenproof dish (large enough to hold your 8 peach halves) with cooking spray. Place the peach halves into the ovenproof dish. Fill each peach with the Amaretti mixture. Place a small pat of butter onto the top of each Peach. Bake for 45 minutes. Allow peaches to cool slightly before serving.

Buon Appetito!

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If you liked this you might like:
Pesche Gratinate, Grilled Peaches & Cream

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43 Comments

  1. 1

    The baked peaches look so delicious! I have never seen candied ginger around here… but I do have dried cherries!

    • 1.1

      Thanks! They are so good! The sweetness from the peach & then the crunch of the filling! Schweet!

  2. 2

    These look incredible! They’re totally on my to-make list now.

    • 2.1

      Thanks Jenny! I hope you love them. The filling is amazing & goes perfectly with the Peaches!

  3. 3

    mmmm, comforting dessert!

  4. 4

    oh my! these look awesome. I love the crumb filling in the peaches sounds so delicious

    • 4.1

      Ah thanks a bunch Jessie! Yes the filling is dee-lish. I’m thinking it would even been good on top of a crumble!

  5. 5

    We love to make these and have them with a nice glass of dessert wine. I like your addition of the cherries!

  6. 6

    I have to save this one for next year when peaches are back in season.

    • 6.1

      Thanks Chris! Luckily they’re still available here. At least for a little while longer!

  7. 7

    I’ve made a version of these before, and they’re splendid! Peaches and amaretti cookies, two of my very favorite things. Yum! Hmm, I do have a few late season nectarines on my counter. They’re a bit more tart than peaches, of course, but I think they might still be very good in this.

  8. 8

    i loved the article added to my favourites

  9. 9

    Looks amazing! We still have a peaches left over from harvest! Can’t wait to try!

  10. 10

    Wow that looks awesome! I will have to get more peaches at the market!

    • 10.1

      Thanks Andrea! I saw some at the store today & was so tempted to pick up some more. It’s little man’s birthday this weekend so I’ll be making cake instead :)

  11. 11

    I love this recipe! Peaches are one of my favorite fruits. Great photos

    • 11.1

      Thanks a bunch Angie! I really appreciate it. It was hard waiting for the pictures to be taken on this one LOL!

  12. 12

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE!

  13. 13

    Tasty… I have never made stuffed peaches before. What a great idea!

  14. 14

    I’ve never seen a peach look so amazing! Congrats on the Top 9!

  15. 15

    these are faaaantastic!

    …and the joys are two-part as well. I love being in the kitchen and soaking up the aroma when these are cooking. Great post :-)

  16. 16

    I’ve never seen a peach llok so amazing! Congrats on the Top 9!;

  17. 17

    Nope…never had baked peaches before but they sure do look delish!

    • 17.1

      Ciao Danielle! I hope you give them a try. They’re incredibly easy & oh so delicious!

  18. 18

    Will u marry me?

    Your site is gorgeous!

  19. 19

    Thanks for directing me to your great site Paula. I love the layout and that peach recipe is fabulous :)

    • 19.1

      Thanks so much George! I think you can’t really go wrong with Peaches ;)

  20. 20
    Paola /

    Wow! Il mio fidanzato adora le pesche al forno! Questa è una golosa alternativa alla mia classica ricetta: GRAZIE!!!

  21. 21

    Yum. Sounds like a delicious summer dessert with a little pool of mascarpone cheese for all the juices to run into and some thin biscotti for slurping all of them up.

  22. 22

    oh my goodness, these are gorgeous! i’ve made baked peaches before, but they never turned out as stunning as yours!

  23. 23

    This is such a pretty and easy summertime dessert. The sweetness of the peaches and the crunch of the almonds is a great combination.

  24. 24

    This recipe looks pretty cool. I would love to try it.

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