YES - Umbria is experiencing a heat wave at the moment - so you have got to find ways to cool down.
Being fortunate to live in an old mill - the old cantina - now the kitchen is naturally air conditioned - always a pleasing 20 degrees - even with 38 out side....so we tend to be cooking and baking a lot these days. Trying out new recipes and reinventing the old ones.....
BUT - there is another way to cool down - a big jug of our favorite drink in the summer.....
VINO ALLE PESCHE
it actually is a dessert - and you can choose either to use white wine or red wine - the main thing is to go for something light, fresh and crisp - this is where you save your heavy oaked wines for later. We prefer to use a white wine - the local Grechetto here in Todi is a perfect choice - but if we were using it for dessert - a red would be great - have a look at Piemonte's Dolcetto.
you can use any kind of peach - we tend to go for the white one's - they are a bit more fragrant and since the pulp is a bit more loose - they soak up the wine more easily - but a yellow peach or nectarine - will work just as well.
What you need is:
3-4 medium peaches
1 bottle of fresh and fruity wine, either white or red
Some prefer to peel the peaches - this is entirely up to you - now cut the peaches in half and remove the stones. Slice the fruit and place them in a jug - pour in the wine. Sometimes we like to throw in a few herbs - this could be verbena or why not basil. Place the jug in the fridge for 2-3 hours before serving.
well summer dessert should not be too complicated - and it is all about enjoying what's in season.