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Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone Cream and Port Reduction

This grilled peaches with mascarpone cream recipe is topped with a super easy port reduction and is a great summer dessert option.
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Author: Michelle Ferrand - Cup of Zest
Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Makes: 8


  • 2 cups port
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 ripe but firm peaches halved and pits removed
  • Optional: melted butter


  • Place port in a small pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook until you have ¼ cup remaining, about 30 minutes. Place in the refrigerator to cool.
  • While port reduction is cooling, make the mascarpone cream.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the mascarpone cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt on medium speed until well mixed, about 30 seconds.
  • Reduce the speed of the mixer to low and slowly stream the whipping cream. Once all of it is added, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and return the mixer to medium speed. Whisk until firm peaks form, about 1 minute. Place the cream into the refrigerator.
  • To grill the peaches, bring a grill pan or grill to medium-low heat. I you like, brush each peach half with the melted butter and place on the grill pan. Grill the peach halves until they are slightly softened and have dark grill marks, 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Allow the peaches to cool slightly, top the peaches with the mascarpone cream and drizzle with the port reduction.
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You can make the port reduction and the mascarpone cream ahead of time. Just let the port reduction come to room temp before using or else it will be too thick to pour.
Brushing the peaches with butter before grilling will keep the cut portion of the peaches from drying out (totally an aesthetic thing).
These are also great chilled! Feel free to grill the peaches, allow them to cool a bit, and then chill them before topping with the cream and port reduction.
Feel free to pipe the mascarpone cream onto your peaches if you want to make them look fancy!