Surprise peaches

Serves: 12

6 medium-sized peaches

For the syrup
2 cups (500ml) water
1 cup (200g) sugar

For the confectioner’s custard
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup (250ml) hot milk

For the frosting
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons sugar

Peel, stone and cut peaches into halves.
Place them in a saucepan with water and sugar.

Cook over a medium heat until it comes to the boil.
Remove from heat, drain and arrange halves on an ovenproof dish.

Confectioner’s custard:
Place egg yolks, sugar and flour in a saucepan and mix well. Whisk hot milk gradually into mixture.

Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Fill peach halves with custard.
Pour some syrup into dish, just enough to cover the base.
Cook in a moderate oven for 10-15 minutes.

Place egg whites and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat with electric mixer for about 5-6 minutes or until stiff peaks form.

Remove peaches from oven and spoon some frosting over each half. Sprinkle with caster sugar and cook in the oven for some more minutes until slightly golden.