Honey Roasted Peaches with Thyme

by Kate on July 18, 2013

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When it comes to summer fruits, there’s no doubt that peaches are one of my favorites. For me, there’s nothing better than biting into a ripe, juicy peach. The juices slip down your chin, maybe even run down your arms but the flavor, oh the flavor! Fresh peaches just taste like summer to me. Really, I love peaches any way I can get them.

Shortcakes aren’t only for strawberries and hand tarts are made even better by the addition of peaches, it’s like handheld pie! August Pie is a wonderful way to enjoy them and really probably my favorite to date until now. These Honey Roasted Peaches with Thyme are most definitely my new favorite way to enjoy summer’s rich bounty. Honey, a bit of lemon zest, and thyme pair perfectly with the fresh peaches while a simple dollop of ricotta finishes it all off for a simple yet elegant summer dessert.

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These peaches are baked just until tender with the thyme creating the most fragrant fresh peach experience. Hints of vanilla and lemon wafted through my kitchen. I couldn’t wait for them to come out of the oven so I could taste this creation.

This month for Improv Challenge, our ingredients were peaches and herbs. After tasting this wonderful combination of golden honey, fresh peaches and thyme I can’t think of any better use of these ingredients. This is definitely a dessert I’ll be making through out the summer and for years to come. Now I can’t wait to see what all the other talented participants created with their peaches and herbs.

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Honey Roasted Peaches with Thyme

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Honey Roasted Peaches with Thyme

Serve these honey roasted peaches with a dollop of lightly sweetened ricotta and a sprinkle of thyme for a perfect light summer dessert.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 large, ripe peaches, halved and pitted
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, vanilla bean seeds, 2 tablespoons honey, lemon zest and thyme leaves. Set aside
  3. Place peach halves, cut side down in a glass baking dish. Pour honey mixture over peaches. Bake in preheated oven until soft to the touch, about 10-20 minutes. *Cooking time will vary depending on ripeness of peaches so check after 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and cool baking dish on a wire rack.
  5. Combine ricotta with remaining 1/2 tablespoon honey. Serve peaches warm or room temperature. Place a peach, cut side up in a serving dish. Drizzle with a bit of the honey mixture from the baking dish. Dollop ricotta in the divot of the peach and sprinkle with a few fresh thyme leaves, if desired.


Adapted from Short & Sweet Dessert Deck by Gale Gand


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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Tanya July 18, 2013 at 10:36 am

You nailed this one Kate! Peaches are so wonderful to begin with, but roasting them brings out so much flavor! I love the thyme!


Anne@FromMySweetHeart July 18, 2013 at 11:24 am

Great minds think alike as I paired thyme with peaches, too! These are gorgeous! Juicy peaches and sticky honey….I’ll be sure not to wear a white tee shirt when I try this! Your photos are beautiful!


Kate July 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm

THanks so much Anne!


ChristineM July 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I have never had peaches and ricotta before, sounds good!


Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook July 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Beautiful peaches, Kate! They are truly mouthwatering. Great use of this month’s ingredients!


Chaya July 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm

What you did with the peaches, ricotta and thyme plus is truly a winner. It is simple in its presentation (and a beauty) but I can imagine it is almost a comfort food.


Liz July 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I’ve never thought of roasting peaches, but your dessert truly looks wonderful! Hope to find some local peaches when we get back to Indiana 🙂


Kristen July 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Those peaches are gorgeous! I have another big bag of peaches on my counter and I am definitely going to try this combination!


Terry July 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

This sounds wonderful!


Cookaholic Wife July 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm

I’ve been looking for a simple dessert recipe I can make during the week when I get a sweet craving. This is perfect.


Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig July 18, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Looks like a fabulous summer flavor! So fresh and lovely. We haven’t hit our stride yet in peach season so pinning for later!


Deanna Segrave-Daly July 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Ahhh, such a beautiful combination that screams summer – I will remember to look at this photo when I’m cursing the weather come January 🙂


laurasmess July 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Gorgeous recipe Kate! I adore the combination of thyme, honey, creamy ricotta and fruit. It’s a match made in heaven! Beautiful photos too. It’s winter here at the moment, so I have no access to stone fruit (sad face!) but I am bookmarking this for summer’s arrival! Thanks lovely! x


Kate July 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Thanks so much Laura! I hope once summer arrives, you’ll enjoy these peaches.


Mimi July 19, 2013 at 9:07 am

These are absolutely brilliant!


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

I love roasted peaches in the summer! Great idea to add fresh thyme!


Amber @ The Cook's Sister July 19, 2013 at 11:09 am

I found this month’s Improv to be a true challenge. I’d NEVER thought to combine peaches with any sort of herb. I love the roasted peaches with thyme that you’ve come up with! Very creative! I hope to try this recipe with some peaches fresh from the market once this heat wave is over!


Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom July 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

oh Kate,
I love this! We have so many peaches right now. . will give this a try! just beautiful!


Kate July 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Thank you Alice! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips July 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Oh Kate, these are so simple and lovely! I haven’t gotten any of our awesome Jersey oeaches yet, but I can’t wait. I really have to hit up a farmers market STAT!


Kate July 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Thank you Brianne! This is one of my new favorite recipes.


Karen - Cinnamon Freud July 20, 2013 at 1:05 am

Yum, I love peaches with honey. Good idea to use thyme as your herb- never would have thought of using that!


Kate July 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Thanks Karen! I wasn’t sure if thyme would work here but it really does add such a nice flavor.


kelley @ Miss Information July 20, 2013 at 7:10 am

WOW the pictures are beautiful and these look so yummy, can’t wait to try these!


Kate July 21, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Thanks so much Kelley! They really are delicious. Such a light summer treat.


Mimi July 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

They look fabulous! Of course my kids will want ice cream on theirs.


Kate July 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I think ice cream would be wonderful with these peaches!


foodwanderings July 21, 2013 at 11:23 pm

How fantastic. Such a simple yet elegant dessert. I love the caramelization you reached on the peaches, so inviting. In season the peaches must taste awesome!


Kate July 24, 2013 at 7:52 am

These peaches taste absolutely heavenly! I’m so happy you like this. It’s truly become my favorite dessert this summer.


neens September 5, 2013 at 3:54 am

i made these!!!!!!!!! so yums, I used mascarpone instead of ricotta though 🙂


Kate September 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I’m so happy you enjoyed them!! Thank you for taking the time to come back and tell me about it. Love you addition of mascarpone! I bet that was amazing. I’m going to give that a try. Yum!


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