Peach Dumplings are easy to make from scratch. Wrap fresh peach halves in flaky dough then bake them in a simple brown sugar syrup for built-in sauce. Serve these beauties with a scoop of ice cream for a wonderful summer treat.
Like tomatoes, peaches really are only worth eating when they’re in season. I eat as many as I can while the gettin’ is good. I have to indulge enough to carry me through to next summer!
I mostly prefer them as they are, in all their fuzzy, juicy glory. But hey, why not create a truly summery treat while peaches are bountiful?
These dumplings are a bit indulgent with the thick syrupy brown sugar sauce. The only thing you need to gild the lily is a scoop of homemade ice cream.
Scroll through the process photos to see how to make Peach Dumplings from scratch:
Tips for making Peach Dumplings from Scratch:
- Use your favorite pie dough recipe or even store bought. I use Cream Cheese Dough because it rolls beautifully yet it is still flaky and tender.
- Use ripe but firm peaches. The peaches will soften as they bake, but you do want them to be nice and ripe for the best flavor.
- You can make the dough several days ahead and refrigerate it or freeze it for up to a month.
- The dough can be rolled and cut ahead of time. Wrap the squares with wax or parchment paper between them to prevent sticking. The squares can be refrigerated for several days or frozen for up to a month. Defrost in the wrapper before separating the squares.
- The brown sugar syrup can be prepared 1-2 days ahead of time and refrigerated. Reheat the syrup before pouring over the dumplings.
- It’s best to prepare the peaches just before assembling. If you peel and pit the peaches too far ahead you’ll lose a lot of the juice.
- The liquor in the syrup is optional.
- The dumplings are best eaten when they’re still warm from the oven. Leftovers can be refrigerated then reheated (with the syrup) in the oven.
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- 2 oz granulated sugar (1/4 cup, divided)
- 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 4 peaches (peeled and halved)
- 1 recipe cream cheese dough
- 1 large egg (for egg wash)
- 12 oz light brown sugar (2 cups (see note))
- 4 teaspoons unsalted butter
- 6 oz water (3/4 cup)
- 1 Tablespoon rum or bourbon (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Combine 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar with the cinnamon in a small bowl. Line the peach halves, cut side down in a 13"x 9" baking pan. Sprinkle them with the cinnamon sugar. Flip them over and sprinkle the other side.2 oz granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 4 peaches
- Roll the dough to a 24"x12" rectangle. Cut the dough into eight 6" squares. Brush the edges of each dough square with egg wash. Set a peach half, cut side up, in the middle of each dough square. Put a 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar and a 1/2 teaspoon of butter into each peach cavity. Lift two corners of a dough square to enclose the peach half, then lift the other two corners to form a dumpling. Pinch the edges to glue them closed. Repeat with the other peaches.1 recipe cream cheese dough, 12 oz light brown sugar, 4 teaspoons unsalted butter, 1 large egg
- Line the dumplings into the 13"x9" pan. Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with the remaining granulated sugar.
- Combine the light brown sugar and water in a small sauce pan. Bring the syrup to a full boil. Remove from the heat and add the optional liquor. Pour the syrup between the dumplings making sure not to get the syrup on the tops of the dumplings.12 oz light brown sugar, 6 oz water, 1 Tablespoon rum or bourbon
- Bake until the dumplings are well browned, about 40 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. Serve each dumping with a drizzle of sauce and some whipped cream or ice cream.
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