These caramelized peaches were a happy accident. Intending to "poach" the fresh peaches, I placed them cut side down in a large saute pan in a syrup made of equal parts sugar and water, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and an inch of vanilla bean. I put the burner on medium and...answered the phone? Checked the computer?
Do not follow my example, it was a close call and I almost burned up the pan as well as the peaches. But I arrived at the magic moment when the peaches had caramelized and the remaining liquid had reduced to a glossy peach-infused syrup. You can make this incredible (and easy!) dessert too, just please stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on things.
The peaches I bought were large and still quite hard. The good news is that all of that hardness disappears when you cook them. I served each peach half with a small scoop of my favorite "ice cream." Edy's Slow Churned Yogurt Blends in Vanilla. It is creamy, contains live active cultures and counts as a good source of calcium. What more could a girl want?