Grilled Peaches and Rum Caramel Sauce are truly a show-stopped of a dessert.
Making the caramel takes a little practice, but you’ll get it. Follow the steps below and when you serve over the perfectly grilled peaches, you’ll get plenty of oohs and ahs.
HOW TO MAKE THE RUM CARAMEL SAUCE
To be honest, preparing the caramel can be a little tricky. Here’s the deal, as the sugar / water cooks, it will start to darken a bit after about 5 – 6 minutes, keep an eye on it.
If it’s darkening too quickly, lift the skillet off the stove (be careful, use oven mitts) and swirl the mixture in the skillet by moving the pan with your hands, not with a whisk. Take it off the heat just as it starts to turn amber, it will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat.
It will turn dark quickly, this is fine, you just don’t want it to burn. You’ll know if it does. If it does, just start over, and remove from heat and start ‘swirling’ the mixture sooner.
If you prefer to leave the rum out, that’s no problem, the caramel sauce will still be delicious.
But we think Grilled Peaches and Rum Caramel Sauce are pretty amazing.
The addition of vanilla, salt and rum round out the flavors of this incredible sauce.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT PEACH FOR GRILLED PEACHES AND RUM CARAMEL SAUCE
We love all kinds of peaches, but our peach of choice for grilling is a nice yellow peach.
You want them to be soft when squeezed, but not squishy.
EXPERT TIP: Seek out freestone peaches. As the name suggests, a freestone peach refers to the relationship between pit (or stone) and fruit, meaning that the flesh of a freestone peach doesn’t cling to the stone, while a clingstone peach does. They are easier to handle, but if you can’t find freestone, go with clingstone, and use a sharp knife to remove the pit.
GRILL THE PEACHES OVER DIRECT HEAT
Crank your grill up to nice and got. Add a little oil on the peaches and then place on the grates, cut-side down. Once you flip them over, add a healthy pinch of the sugar / cinnamon mixture.
Resist moving them around too much, otherwise, you won’t get the attractive grill marks on the surface of the peach.
The final sauce, poured over the sweet and smokey peaches is something out of this world.
Practice this before you serve it for the first time.
But once you get it, your guests will never forget what your served them!
Grilled Peaches & Rum Caramel Sauce
FOR THE RUM CARAMEL SAUCE
- 1 & 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 tbsp dark rum
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
FOR THE GRILLED PEACHES
- 4 - 6 fresh peaches cut in half and pits removed
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Olive oil or grapeseed oil
MAKE THE RUM CARAMEL SAUCE
- Mix the sugar and 1/3 cup cold water in a heavy-duty 3-quart saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Cook, covered, checking occasionally, until the mixture starts to darken slightly, about 5 - 7 minutes.
- Immediately remove the lid and using your hands, swirl the pan frequently until it is a dark amber. Do not stir. This will happen quickly.
- Reduce the heat to low and carefully whisk in the butter. It will bubble.
- Keep whisking until the bubbles stop.
- Add the cream, whisking until the caramel is smooth, about 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in the rum, salt, and vanilla.
MAKE THE GRILLED PEACHES
- Heat your grill to medium-high heat.
- In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon and sugar.
- Brush the cut-side of the peaches with the oil.
- Place (over direct heat) on the grill, cut side down, for about 3 minutes. Rotate 90 degrees, and cook for 3 more minutes.
- Meanwhile, brush the tops with the oil.
- Turn the peaches over and move to in-direct heat.
- Sprinkle cut sides with cinnamon sugar.
- Cover grill and cook until sugar is melted and fruit is tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.
- Remove and place on platter. Pour Caramel Sauce over the top.