Baked Peaches with an Almond Crust

The almond paste can be prepared in advance, but the peaches must be stuffed and baked and served hot directly from the oven.

6 tbsp ground almonds

2 tbsp brown sugar or honey or maple syrup

1 tbsp softened unsalted butter

2 large ripe peaches (not cling type)

1 tsp softened unsalted butter

ice cream

Baking dish
Preheat oven to 350° F
1. In a small bowl, combine ground almonds, sugar and 1 tbsp butter, mixing with a spoon to form a paste.
2. Cut a ring around the peaches and neatly separate them in halves. Remove pits. Lightly rub 1 tsp butter all over the peaches to grease the surfaces. Put peach halves in baking dish, skin-side down. Heap a quarter of the almond paste into the pit cavity of each half.
3. Bake the peaches for 20 minutes. Serve (half a peach per portion) immediately, garnished with a dollop of ice cream