"Mom," said R. "Since it's the last day of my summer vacation, may I make some requests?" Sure. He proceeded to request saimin for dinner, waffles with macerated peaches for breakfast, and a ham and cheese sandwich in his lunchbox. Okay.
So, this morning, I made waffles and he topped them with unsweetened whipped cream and macerated peaches. Peaches needs to macerate overnight, so plan to do it the night before. A friend admitted that she had to look up 'macerated.'
It's so easy, but definitely elevates it from plain ol' chopped fruit! For adults I usually macerate in some kind of booze; for the kids, lemon juice works great.
- 3 organic peaches, diced (approximately 3 to 4 C)
- 4 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 to 4 T organic granulated sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 to 2 star anise
- 1/2 t freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 t ground ginger
- 1 t vanilla paste
Place fruit in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and drizzle with lemon juice. Add vanilla paste, nutmeg, and ginger. Stir to coat. Tuck the cinnamon stick and star anise beneath the fruit. Cover and chill to macerate until fruit has softened slightly and flavors have been absorbed. I usually leave it in the refrigerator overnight.
After breakfast he left for school...happy and full!