White Peaches with Strawberry and Orange Purée

White peaches (or white nectarines) are delectable, and at their best in this simple but ethereal dessert.

Ingredients

  • 350 g/12 oz strawberries
  • juice of 1 small orange
  • 50-75 g/2-3 oz caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 4-5 large, ripe white peaches
  • lemon juice

Method

Halve the strawberries and put them into a food processor with the orange juice and caster sugar to taste. Whizz to a purée and then rub through a sieve into a bowl.

Shortly before eating, put the peaches into a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Leave for half a minute, then remove the peaches and peel off the skin. Slice them in thin half-moon slices, sprinkling the slices with lemon juice as you do so. Then spoon the strawberry and orange purée on to individual plates and arrange the peach slices in a neatly overlapping circle on top. Dust the peaches with a little caster sugar and serve.

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