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Ingredients5 large peaches, ripe but firm

Stuffing
10 dried apricot halves, finely chopped
6 packaged amaretti cookies, crumbled
2 tsp (10 mL) almond extract
1 tbsp (15 mL) brandy
1 large egg white
1⁄3 cup (75 mL) chopped, blanched almonds
1⁄4 cup (50 mL) packed light brown sugar

To serve (optional)
Light sour cream or vanilla ice cream

MaterialsPlus Points

• Dried apricots are a good source of potassium, which is needed to maintain normal blood pressure.

• Amaretti cookies are a type of macaroon made with whipped egg whites and almond paste. Because they are made with a meringue, they are lower in fat than many other cookies.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Half-fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cut 4 of the peaches in half (do not peel) and remove the pits. Slide the peaches into the boiling water and cook just until they begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Place the peaches cut side up in a shallow baking dish.
  2. To make the filling, peel, pit and finely chop the remaining peach and place in a medium bowl. Add the dried apricots, amaretti crumbs, almond extract, brandy and egg white. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Heat a small skillet over high heat for 1 minute, add the almonds, then turn and toss them until golden and lightly toasted. Add the almonds to the fruit mixture and toss.
  4. Spoon the filling into the cavities of each peach half, heaping up the filling and pressing it together gently. Sprinkle with the brown sugar. Cover the baking dish with foil.
  5. Bake the peaches until tender, about 25 minutes. Remove the foil, increase the oven temperature to 400°F (200°C), and bake until the topping is golden brown, 5 minutes more. Serve warm with a scoop of light sour cream or ice cream, if desired.

preparation time 30 minutes
cooking time about 35 minutes
serves 8 (half a peach each)

Nutritional informationEach serving provides: calories 174, calories from fat 45, fat 5 g, saturated fat 1 g, cholesterol 4 mg, carbohydrate 30 g, fibre 3 g, sugars 21 g, protein 3 g.

Choices per serving: Carbohydrate 2, Fat 1

Read more at http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/recipes/baked-almond-stuffed-peaches#QfoYfHGeTk3QCjUt.99

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