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Grilled Peaches with Candied Ginger Ice Cream

Grilled peaches are a simple dessert, made more special by using the height-of-the-season sweet peaches. Imagine sitting outside, finishing up the summer dinner that you grilled. Using the residual heat, you place the peaches on the grill, letting the sugars caramelize. The sweet smell floats across the patio. Placing these peaches on vanilla ice cream would be stunning, but plating them with candied ginger ice cream takes it to another level.

The best peaches for grilling are freestone peaches. Use peaches that are still a bit firm.  Less juice will help the peaches cook.  Some brush the peaches with olive oil but I like to dip them in sugar, just to help them caramelize a bit. Use medium heat, that will heat the peaches through without getting them too soft. After you take them off the grill let the peaches rest a bit. If you want you can peel the peaches before you serve them with the ice cream.

peaches and ice cream

Pitting a peach is very simple.  First, slice around the pit. Then twist the peach until one-half releases. Then use a knife to cut around the pit. Pull it out with your fingers.  Be gentle with peaches. They bruise.

peaches and ice cream on a white table

I know that Georgia is known for its peaches, but for me, there is nothing like a peach from Calhoun County, Illinois. When I lived in Jefferson City, the first person that sees the peach truck alerts the rest of us and we go and buy out the peaches. We all had our specialty and shared our baking with our book clubs, P.E.O chapters, and D.A.R. groups.  There is magic in those hills and bluffs along the Mississippi River and Illinois River that create the perfect growing conditions. Peaches start to be picked in July and last through October. Peaches arrive via truck in the center of the state, but when you live near St. Louis you go across the river and pull fruit right off the tree or stop at one of the peach stands along the Great Rivers Scenic Byway. 

Grilling a peach from Calhoun County would be the pinnacle of peach goodness.

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Grilled Peaches with Candied Ginger Ice Cream

A simple but elegant dessert, a perfect ending to a summer BBQ.
prep time: 30 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 40 M


  • 4 peaches, cut in half and pitted
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c candied ginger
  • 1/2 of a carton of vanilla bean ice cream
  • mint for garnish


How to cook Grilled Peaches with Candied Ginger Ice Cream

  1. Soften ice cream.  
  2. Stir in candied ginger.
  3. Put ice cream in a freezer-proof container and refreeze overnight.
  4. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  5. Spread sugar in a thin layer over a plate.
  6. Place cut peaches cut side down on sugar.
  7. Place peaches on grill.
  8. Grill until sugar carmelizes, then turn a quarter way around and grill until marks appear.
  9. Scoop ice cream onto four plates. 
  10. Add two grilled peaches per plate.
  11. Garnish with mint.
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  1. I have made grilled peaches for with my ice cream but never added the ginger. I'm sure it was amazing.

  2. Love that you made candied ginger ice cream to go with these. Fun idea!

  3. That sounds like us when the strawberry stands first open. Nothing like local strawberries! These peaches sound wonderful with the doctored ice cream.

  4. WOW! Where to begin with my list of loves for this recipe? Easy, flavorful, perfect for summer. Thanks for the tip for dipping the peaches in a touch of sugar first, that is sure to add another layer of flavor to this.

  5. What a delicious flavor combination! I love the combo of peach and ginger, and adding it to the ice cream sounds so good.

  6. This dessert looks great! And the ice cream would pair well with an apple pie too!


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