NZ House & Garden - Country Living - - Farmhouse Comfort Home-made -

Serve these on break­fast ce­real, with cus­tard for dessert, or sear a few in a hot pan with some vanilla syrup un­til caramelised and en­joy with ice cream.

3 cups water

1 cup white sugar

1 tea­spoon vanilla bean paste

Golden Queen peaches or peacharines

(about 10-12 for this quan­tity of syrup)

Heat water, sugar and vanilla in a large saucepan, stir­ring un­til sugar has dis­solved.

Peel peaches and slice around stone then twist to halve. Dis­card stones. Cut larger peaches into quar­ters.

Add peaches to hot syrup and sim­mer 5- 8 min­utes un­til just ten­der.

Spoon into ster­ilised jars and top up with vanilla syrup to cover. Seal and store in a cool place. Al­ter­na­tively, store in the fridge in a cov­ered con­tainer for up to 2 weeks.

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