This is a simple yet elegant way to serve any stone fruit. Try nectarines, plums, apricots or cherries.
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
Seeds and pod of one vanilla bean
Two strips lemon rind (peel with a vegetable peeler)
4 peaches, cut in half, stones removed.
Slit the vanilla seed down the middle length wise, with a sharp knife scrape the vanilla seeds from the pod, set both seeds and pod aside. In a medium saucepan with a lid, bring sugar, water, vanilla seeds and pod, and lemon rind to a boil. Keep boiling until all the sugar has dissolved. Lower heat to a simmer, add fruit halves and cook covered for five minutes or until fruit is soft.
Serve warm or cold over, ice cream cake or cream desserts.