Here is a wonderful recipe from Suzanne James from our latest magazine.

Peaches & Brioche (serves 4)


  • 2 peaches or nectarines
  • 4 brioche slices
  • 150g Mascarpone
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out, pod reserved
  • 150g caster sugar, plus extra to taste
  • pinch Cinnamon
  • 50g Butter
  • 50ml double cream


  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil. Make a cross in the bottom of the

peaches with the tip of a sharp knife, then place the peaches in the

water and leave for 30 seconds. Drain, peel away the skin of the peaches

and set aside.

  1. Cut the fingers of brioche in half and toast them on a griddle pan until

golden-brown. Remove from the heat and set to one side.

  1. Mix together the mascarpone and vanilla seeds in a bowl, adding sugar,

to taste. Set aside.

  1. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat. Sprinkle the caster sugar over the

base of the pan and allow it to melt and caramelise – do not stir the

sugar, just shake the pan. Once the sugar has turned golden-brown and

caramelised, carefully add the butter (the sugar may spit) and vanilla pod

to the pan, stirring well.

  1. Add the peaches to the pan, basting them with the caramel for a few

seconds. Remove the peaches from the pan and set aside, then stir the

cream into the remaining caramel in the pan.

  1. To serve, place the brioche slices on a plate then top each with a peach,

drizzle over the sauce and serve with a spoonful of vanilla mascarpone.

In Season this Month

Fruits & Nuts

Apples, Apricot, Aubergine, Blackberries, Blackcurrants, Blueberries, Loganberries, Peaches, Plums, Raspberries, Redcurrants, Strawberries, White currants, Cobnuts, Hazelnuts

Vegetables & Herbs

Artichokes, Aubergines, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbages, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chard, Courgettes, Cucumber, Fennel, French Beans, Garlic, Kohlrabi, Lamb’s Lettuce, Onions, Pak Choi, Peas (inc. Sugar Snaps) Potatoes, Radishes, Rocket, Runner Beans, Salsify, Scorzonera, Samphire, Sorrel, Spinach, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, Watercress

Meat & Game

Lamb, Rabbit, Venison, Wood Pigeon

Fish & Shellfish

Black Bream, Crab (brown, hen & Spider), Signal Crayfish, Grey Mullet, Lobster, Mackerel, Pollack, Prawns, Scallops, Sea Bass, Squid, Trout (river – brown and rainbow)

Going out of season

Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherry, Mange tout, Peach, Redcurrant, Strawberries (many of these towards the month).