I baked some peaches at the weekend – sliced in half, brushed with melted butter, sprinkled with soft brown sugar and baked for as long as it takes to eat dinner. They’re fabulous, and served with a little crème frais you can look like a great cook with no effort whatsoever.
I went further with my attempt to impress on a budget with a half bottle of Sainsbury’s Muscat de St Jean de Minervois. It’s a ‘vin doux naturel’, a wine made by stopping fermentation by fortification, so the wine stays sweet and grapey but comes in at around 15%.
It’s a rich amber colour, with quite a thick texture. It smells of honey and peaches (duh!) and grapes, yes, grapes, good old fashioned Muscat grapes.
It’s sweet, with a lemony acidity, which stops it being cloying, the fruity honey taste carries through and lasts well, developing a little bit of spiciness.
At £4 a half bottle this is great value, and makes it worth keeping a bottle on hand, just in case you can be bothered to make, or even defrost, dessert.