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Tuesday
Aug142012

Sweet Grilled Peaches n’ Cream Cheese Toast

Wait.

Didn’t yesterday’s recipe include fruit + cream cheese?  Well, so does today’s. 

I often forget about the deliciousness that is cream cheese until I find it lurking in the back of the fridge behind 3 jars of salsa, 4 jars of nut butter, pickles, ketchup, and the like.  Those little tubs are so good at hiding! 

When I do come across cream cheese it’s in 1 of 3 states:

  1. opened—most likely months ago—and moldy
  2. unopened, expired, and moldy
  3. unopened, expired, but miraculously not moldy

I grew up adoring the combination of rye toast, cream cheese, and black raspberry jam.  Just thinking about the partially melted but super creamy texture when spread on a piece of crispy toast makes me weak. 

Sweet Grilled Peaches n' Cream Cheese Toast | edible perspective

As soon as you taste this you will understand why I couldn’t wait even one day longer to share. 

Sweet Grilled Peaches n' Cream Cheese Toast | edible perspective

Now don’t jump to conclusions thinking all I did was spread cream cheese on toast then throw a grilled peach on top.  While that would be excellent in itself, you know there had to be something else involved.

Sweet Grilled Peaches n' Cream Cheese Toast | edible perspective

Like a marinade for the peaches.

Sweet Grilled Peaches n' Cream Cheese Toast | edible perspective

And a crunchy, toasted topping.

Sweet Grilled Peaches n' Cream Cheese Toast | edible perspective

It can serve as a fancy but simple breakfast, a fun appetizer, or even dessert.

Sweet Grilled Peaches n' Cream Cheese Toast | edible perspective

This recipe has no rules.

Except that you should most definitely make extra. 

Sweet Grilled Peaches n' Cream Cheese Toast | edible perspective

Print this!

Sweet Grilled Peaches n’ Cream Cheese Toast [yields 6-8 slices of toast]

  • 6 pieces of gluten-free bread*
  • 2-3 large peaches, slightly soft to the touch
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1.5 Tbsp extra virgin unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • cream cheese
  • oil to grease the bread
  1. Preheat your grill to about 400 degrees, med-high.
  2. Whisk together the honey, melted oil, vinegar, and salt until well combined.
  3. Slice the peaches into rounds that are about 1/4” thick.  I like to cut a thin “heel” piece off first then cut the slices.
  4. Coat the slices in the wet mixture on both sides and place on a plate.
  5. Very lightly grease your bread with oil.
  6. Heat a dry pan over med-low and toast your pecans stirring every minute until lightly toasted then empty into a bowl.
  7. Toast the coconut the same way then remove from the pan.  It will burn quickly.
  8. Grease your grill grates then place the peaches and bread on the grill leaving enough room to flip.
  9. Grill the bread for about 1-2 minutes per side until lightly toasted, and grill peaches for about 2-4 minutes per side until nicely charred.
  10. Whip/mash your cream cheese with a fork to soften then spread a thick layer on each slice of toast.
  11. Place a peach round on top and sprinkle with toasted pecans + coconut.
  12. Or, let the toast cool and chill the peaches.  Once cooled, you can assemble in the same way and serve cold.

notes:  If using gluten free bread go for a thick bread like millet or brown rice bread.  If using gluten bread I recommend using a very sturdy bread, not a soft sandwich bread.  If your peaches are too ripe, they will have a hard time being flipped on the grill.  You want to use a firm peach that has just a little give to it.

Sweet Grilled Peaches n' Cream Cheese Toast | edible perspective

Ashley

Reader Comments (27)

Mmmmm! Are the market peaches better yet? I'm bummed I no longer have a big freezer to hoard peaches in!! I miss you already!!
August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey
Oh heavens yes.
August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Yum! I've been obsessed with peaches this summer, though I've yet to have them grilled. I need to change that!
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkim@hungryhealthygirl
Grilled peaches are the best! Also, love the photos :)
Funny, those are the exact same states I encounter cream cheese in as well. ;) Looks divine!
I have never in my life grilled a peach, AND I grew up in peach-capital of the world - Georgia. Shocking, I know! You make me want to go fire up the grill RIGHT NOW and it's only 7AM :) Love this idea, and love the pics (as usual!). Thx for the inspiration!!
I've been waiting for this since the SECOND you posted it on IG yesterday. Neeeed. Toooday.

(and yes, why is the cream cheese always hiding in the back of the fridge?!)
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
I used to love cream cheese with strawberry jam but I realize it's been awhile since I had that combo! This looks delicious though - I have to find some peaches. Somehow I've gone all summer without buying any yet which seems completely ridiculous?!? Last year I'd gone through pounds and pounds of them by this point!
hahaha SO TRUE about finding cream cheese in 1 of 3 ways.......guilty.
I want this for breakfast--yum!
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersheena
@Kelsey - I will let you know after I pick some up on Saturday!

@Kelly - Okay...I know they say Georgia is the peach capital of the world but you must try a Colorado peach sometime!! :) And you definitely need to grill one, no matter where it was grown!

@Katie - haha, stalker!

@Kinley - My peach consumption has slowed this year as well!

@Sheena - Definitely a good one for the kids as well. ;)
August 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
Yum! Peaches are my favourite fruit!
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBritt @Better Living XoXo
these are beautiful and look delicious, can't wait to try and make extra :)
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlauren@thetalkingkitchen
Oh man. One of our favorite local food trucks (http://lollingabout.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/things-we-love-local-food/) did a grilled biscuit with homemade buttermilk cheese, peaches, and local honey, and it was AMAZING. They told me that they'll be doing one soon with pears and brie... yes please.
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllyn
ohhhh this looks incredible, I've had a love affair this summer with roasting fruit... strawberries, peaches, figs, dates and bananas. I barely like normal fruit anymore because of how sweet and juicy roasting (or grilling) makes it.
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
Omg, this looks and sounds heavenly!! That glaze/marinade especially...
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
Oh my goodness my children thank you in advance. 2 or their fav. things right now are peaches and cream cheese. I skipped the farmers market this past weekend (the peach people on the end by Mountain St. are my favorite) because we harvested my mom's peach tree. I have so many peaches and now have another recipe to eat them up with. So excited!
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCara
I love grilled peaches! This is wonderful.
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ Savory Simple
@Allyn - Oh my goodness!!! Now I want a biscuit. :)

@Katie - Wow, I really need to start roasting more fruit!

@Cara - Harvesting a peach tree?? Jealous.
August 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
I never have any cream cheese in the house--so I always have to run out to the store when I get a craving for it! This happens way more often than one might think. :) Cheese and fruit is such a great combination--I'm definitely going to give this a try!
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
This is perfect! I love that it uses cream cheese and not goat cheese. :)
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
Haha I can totally relate to your cream cheese dillema. Why is it always forgotten!?
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
i've been hearing so much about grilled peaches. can't wait to try them!
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa@ohhhsolovely
What a scrumptious idea! I love this!
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRussell van Kraayenburg
this looks amazing! Like a perfect appetizer or breakfast in bed sort of meal - light but.. oh my yum!
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeva by definition
This looks amazing! Grilled peaches are the best. I can totally relate to your cream cheese situation - I think I have a forgotten half used package in the fridge right now. I hope it's not moldy so I can make this tomorrow!
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
One word -- yum!
August 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKiran @ KiranTarun.com

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