Do you love caramelized peaches, served with a small scoop of Vanilla ice cream? This Caramelized Peaches Recipe is the perfect summer dinner party dessert!

Caramelized Peaches Recipe
If you’re like our family, you’ve been hosting a few friends here and there over the summer. We’ve loved every minute of having out of town company in our new home!

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We’ve had a hard time saying no to summer guests and hospitality, and quite honestly, our family has been richer because of it. We’ve made so many great memories, given up beds, and cooked some great meals, in our new place with friends this summer, and we are truly grateful.

There’s just something about the warm, fill-you-up feelings that come from good food around a table, and the intimate moments of really getting to know your company, for two to three days!

There are questions like, how much meal planning do you do, versus casual “fend for yourself” meals? How do you keep everyone entertained for days at a time, with specific activities or suggestions? What about if your schedule really can’t accommodate what others want to do?

No worries. We’ve decided early on to be upfront with what our schedule is like, and what meals we plan to provide.

It’s worked out beautifully. And although we know we can’t do it all (my husband and I both work full time), we still like to keep the reason for hospitality in the front of our minds, and keep simplicity right up there with it.

6 simple tips for overnight guests

Get the dates

Nail down the exact dates your guests are coming. Don’t be afraid to let them know exactly which dates work for best for you. Boundaries always help!

Plan the meals

Plan one special dinner. Give it your all, put out your best, get the family involved. Make it special. We recently served a delicious salmon meal, with some fresh, healthy side salads, bread, and homemade ice cream for dessert. That was fun, and yummy! After that, you can plan casual meals, or let your guests know that you plan to eat out! If you’re lucky, maybe they’ll take YOU out for dinner one night?

Learn to say no

If you genuinely don’t believe you can handle an overnight situation, offer instead to meet your friends for dinner out, or to cook a meal in your home before they go to sleep elsewhere.

Learn to ask for help

Include your guests with jobs in the kitchen. Even if they don’t offer, ask them to fill the water glasses, or slice the bread, or set the table. Sometimes we’re offended when guests don’t ask to help, but on the other hand, I think guests often don’t want to “step on the host’s toes.” (Here’s my 6 tips to no-pressure entertaining.)

Be flexible

Learn to go with the flow. Schedules may change, so it’s good to be flexible. We offered our kayaks to our friends this past weekend, dropping them off at the river, and then picking them up. It allowed my husband and me to work during the time that they were enjoying themselves. A win-win.

Love and grace

Learn to focus on love and grace in the home. I believe that hosting overnight guests shows hospitality at its finest.

Because it allows people into your lives, your world, you have to give up some things (privacy, your schedule, possibly even your bed), sometimes spending extra money, but a giving heart receives such a beautiful return.

Caramelized Peaches Recipe

We love this simple summer recipe for an easy dessert. (Grill marks are optional.)

Caramelized Peaches Recipe

A caramelized sauce.

With Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (my mom’s recipe!)

Caramelized Peaches Recipe

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Caramelized Peaches Recipe

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Caramelized Peaches Recipe
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Caramelized Peaches Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
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  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 pint of vanilla ice-cream, or homemade
  • 2 ripe peaches, cut in half (leave skin on)


  • Wash and halve the peaches and remove pits. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon together in the microwave, or a small frying pan.
  • In sauce pan or stovetop grilling pan (if you want grill marks), add melted butter sugar mixture, allowing it to thicken and bubble slowly (don’t burn it!)
  • When caramel sauce is hot, place halved peaches on top of caramel, allowing the peach to caramelize on medium heat for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. (Grill marks optional)
  • Scoop ice cream into the inside of the peach (preferably using a melon scooper).
  • Garnish with mint!
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Caramelized Peaches Recipe