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Riesling Poached Peaches with Mascarpone Cream

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Riesling Poached Peaches with Mascarpone Cream: A lighter, refreshing dessert served with a dollop of sweetened mascarpone cream, whipped cream or even ice cream.

Riesling Poached Peaches with Mascarpone Cream on a white dessert plate with a raspberry and mint garnish

Riesling Poached Peaches with Mascarpone Cream

After simmering the peach halves, I reduced the poaching liquid to a nice syrup. When the flavored fruit was fully chilled, I whipped up some mascarpone cream with sugar, a bit of the reserved syrup and a splash of Grand Marnier. What an incredible pairing! By slicing the peaches from a spot below the stem, lengthwise, I was able to fan each half out on a dessert plate. A spoonful of the ambrosial cream plus a berry or two and a sprig of mint completed the presentation. It is no lie that I wanted to lick my plate clean; these poached peaches were THAT scrumptious.

Overhead view of Riesling Poached Peaches with Mascarpone Cream

How to Poach Fruit

With peach season peaking in the Northern states, I knew I wanted to poach this delectable fruit in a vanilla, honey and Riesling bath to create an unforgettable dessert.

  • After simmering the peach halves, reduce the poaching liquid to a nice syrup.
  • Fully chill the flavored, poached fruit.
  • Whip up some mascarpone cream with sugar, a bit of the reserved syrup and a splash of Grand Marnier. What an incredible pairing!
  • Slice the peaches from a spot below the stem, lengthwise, then carefully fan out the segments, keeping the peach attached at the stem end.
  • Adding a dollop of the mascarpone cream, a couple of berries and a sprig of mint completed the presentation. It is no lie that I wanted to lick my plate clean; these poached peaches were THAT scrumptious.

I’ve also poached pears and apples if you’d like to try another fruit.

Riesling Poached Peaches with Mascarpone Cream | Poached Peach Recipe

Poached Peaches with Mascarpone Cream

A healthier dessert featuring peaches poached in white wine, honey and vanilla.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 2 fresh peaches, ripe but not soft, peeled, halved with pit removed
  • Juice of half a lemon

Poaching liquid:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Gallo Family Vineyards' Riesling (or white wine of your choice)
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split in half

Mascarpone Cream:

  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Grand Marnier, or other orange liqueur
  • Raspberries and mint, optional to garnish


  1. Place peach halves in a large bowl and squeeze lemon juice over the surface to prevent browning.
  2. Combine water, wine, honey in medium saucepan. Scrape seeds from both halves of vanilla beans and pods and seeds to poaching liquid. Heat liquid and stir till honey dissolves. Lower heat to a simmer and add peaches.
  3. Cover peaches with a round of parchment and simmer for about 15 minutes. Return peaches to the large bowl, then reduce liquid to about a cup. Allow the syrup to cool, reserve 1/4 cup, then pour the rest over the peaches. Place peaches in the refrigerator to chill completely.
  4. To serve, whip the mascarpone cream, sugar, Grand Marnier and reserved poaching liquid till thickened. Slice peaches almost all the way through, from just below the stem to the other end. Fan each half out on a plate, add a dollop of cream and a berry or two and mint sprig if desired.


Total time does not reflect chilling time.
Feel free to poach pears, nectarines or apples. Cooking time will vary depending on the variety of fruit used.
For a lighter dessert, serve with some low-fat frozen yogurt instead of the mascarpone.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 475Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 284mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 46gProtein: 4g


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45 comments on “Riesling Poached Peaches with Mascarpone Cream”

  1. Liz, this dessert is so chic! It’s a good idea that you had for use the wine!

  2. Riesling poached you said.. 🙂 I would like to be around for these 😀

  3. A nice light dessert:@)

  4. poached peaches is my favorite one,i tried it once with beet and this looks amazing

  5. I’d want to lick the plate clean too. Wow what a great dessert.

  6. You have my mouth watering just looking at your pictures. You took me over the edge with your descriptive writing! Truly, a gorgeous and refreshing dessert!

  7. Oh, peaches are one of the best to poach! Yum!

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  8. hey Liz! so weird seeing a Sunday Supper post on a friday . . but I LOVE it! These peaches look amazing and I will definitely be on the lookout for Gallo’s new Riesling!!! yummmmm!

  9. I can’t believe how delicious peaches are right now, and I bet they are even BETTER when poached in riesling. What a great idea!

  10. The poaching liquid sounds lovely for peaches! And, the mascarpone cream sounds delicious with them. What a great way to use fresh peaches before they’re gone!

  11. I would marry mascarpone cream if it was legal. Seriously, this is to die for!

  12. Liz I love peaches and can just imagine how awesome they taste poached in that fabulous Riesling!!

  13. Liz, this is such an elegant but simple dessert. I love it. Beautiful presentation with the fanned out peach. And that mascarpone cream you whipped up sounds delicious. Happy Friday, my friend!

  14. I have the peaches and Grand Marnier is my favorite liqueur. Guess I need to go out and buy some Riesling.

  15. Liz, Riesling is one of our favorite summer wine and with peaches is a dream! Love your beautiful dessert 🙂

  16. Those poached peaches sound wonderful! I love the addition of the Mascarpone cream 🙂

  17. This is a definite Keeper. Thanks Liz!

  18. Mmmm – peaches poached in wine? Yeah, sign me up for that dessert right away! It sounds fantastic!

  19. What a sophisticated spin on peaches and cream!

  20. I do love a glass of Riesling in the summer. And peaches! I think I’ve told you I’m very ready for peach season here in Oz. And I love poached peaches – they’re a really lovely light dessert. Your presentation of these is wonderful xx

  21. This sounds absolutely beautiful, Liz. Thank you for sharing.

  22. I’m not much of a wine guy. Scotch, bourbon, and whiskey for me. That being said, I’ve always wanted to get into more wines so if I see this, I’ll maybe add it to my alcohol collection.

  23. Peaches poached in riesling sounds amazing! I love how pretty this dish looks – and that mascarpone cream sounds mouthwatering!

  24. This is a light and luscious dessert!

  25. I am sure the Reisling gives the peaches a great flavor. So pretty too!

  26. Looks absolutely fabulous Lizzy! What a perfect treat for an end of summer evening.


  27. Aw, this is totally cool! I’ve always wanted to try poaching my fruits in wines & you got to it first, Liz!

  28. Okay, I swoon. I’ve never tried poaching peaches but now I really, REALLY want to!

  29. Now I am craving peaches!! 😉

  30. Sunday Supper indeed!!!! I could do with a plate of these beauties for dinner. Or lunch… or breakfast for that matter!! (I love peaches!!!)

  31. The Riesling does indeed sen to sparkle in your lovely dessert, Liz. Fantabulous idea to whip up mascarpone. Lovely!

  32. Riesling and peaches are an incredibly delicious combination. This dessert is so elegant – I love it!

  33. Such a simple, elegant recipe. Love how you plated it.

  34. i am totally loving the sound and look of these poached peaches.. definitely a great light dessert recipe i have to try!

  35. This is such an elegant dessert and perfect for summer!

  36. Wow! Now I want peaches so much!

  37. I totally agree Liz – the best recipes are almost always the most simple ones! This is absolutely fantastic.

  38. Mmmm…simple bliss! I love the mascarpone cream with it, too.

  39. Your peaches look wonderful! You can’t beat a simple fruit dessert in summer, and this one sounds great.

  40. Ever since you mentioned you were making Riesling poached peaches when we were in Florida, I’ve been thinking about this dessert. It looks so succulent, elegant, and just gorgeous!!!

  41. This is such a gorgeous dessert! Simple, but special enough for an elegant dinner party. Though I’d be happy alone in my kitchen licking a plate, too!

  42. This is a special elegant treat and the prep couldn’t be easier.

  43. I wonder if people would look at me funny if I said I wanted this every night for dessert.

  44. Loving all the peaches this week! That vanilla bean poaching liquid is such a great idea to infuse even more flavor!

  45. What a beautiful, simply dessert, Liz! Those peaches may be the stars, but the Riesling plays a very important support role.

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