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You can use any assortment of farmers' market and tropical fruits for this impressive brunch spread. Bonus: you can make all the accompaniments in advance: juicy poached peaches, creamy ricotta flavored with vanilla and maple syrup, and subtly sweet digestive biscuits.

Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2018


Credit: Ryan Liebe

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30 mins
45 mins
Serves 8 to 10


Poached Peaches
Whipped Ricotta
Fruit Platter


Instructions Checklist
  • Poached Peaches: Combine peaches, sugar, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook, gently stirring occasionally, until fruit is just tender, 5 to 10 minutes, depending on ripeness. Transfer peaches to a heatproof container with a slotted spoon; strain syrup over top. Let cool completely. Peaches in syrup can be refrigerated, covered, up to 1 week. (Makes about 2 cups.)

  • Whipped Ricotta: Puree ricotta, vanilla, and maple syrup in a food processor or blender until creamy. Mixture can be refrigerated, covered, up to 5 days. (Makes 2 cups.)

  • Fruit Platter: Arrange all fresh fruits on a platter. Serve with poached peaches, whipped ricotta, and digestive biscuits.