Peach Salad

Amanda Hesser


“This dessert salad was a revelation for me,” writes Amanda Hesser in the introduction to the recipe. “I discovered that you don’t need pastry dough or cobbler or shortcakes to make peaches a full-fledged dessert.” We also love that this recipe first appeared in the Gray Lady in 1893!

Adapted from The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010)


4 ripe peaches, pitted and cut into squares
6 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup dry Madeira
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
Heavy cream for serving


Place the peaches in a serving dish, preferably wide and shallow.

Whisk together the sugar, Madeira, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Pour over the peaches, and toss gently. Serve with a pitcher of chilled cream.


6 servings