Dougal's Poached Peach Sundae inspired by Outlander

Dougal's Poached Peach Sundae

“So you did it with Colum’s knowledge.  Was Letitia willing?” Knowing by now just what sort of ruthlessness they possessed, I wouldn’t put it past the brothers MacKenzie to have forced her.

Dougal nodded.  His anger had evaporated.

“Oh, aye, willing enough.  She didna fancy me particularly, but she wanted a child – enough to take me to her bed for the three months it took to start Hamish.  A boring job it was too,” Dougal added reflectively, scraping a bit of mud from his boot heel.  “I’d as soon swive a warm bowl of milk pudding.”

“And did you tell Colum that?”  I asked.  Hearing the edge in my voice, he looked up.  He regarded me levelly for a moment, then a faint smile lightened his face.

“No,” he said quietly.  “No, I didna tell him that.”  He looked down at his hands, turning them over as though looking for some secret hidden in the lines of his palms.

“I told him,” he said softly, not looking at me, “that she was tender and sweet as a ripe peach, and all that a man could want in a woman.”

Outlander (Chapter 34 – Dougal’s Story)

Dougal is a complex guy.  A man of many flavours.  Just like an ice-cream sundae.

I kept these simple -- a luscious poached peach, a scoop of vanilla and a drizzle of syrup  -- just like the man sparring with Claire in that cave, attempting to convince her he's her best next option.

You may choose to go all out -- with whipped cream, cherries, a cookie or two (heck, I love marshmallow fluff) -- and who knows?  Maybe if Dougal had taken a bath and buffed his brooch before he offered to plow her furrow take her home, Claire may have accepted his proposal.


Everyone's favourite uncle would have sucked on a peach pit at the table without a second thought.

You can halve the fruit and remove the pit either before or after poaching, but be warned...peaches can be slippery suckers after they've been peeled, and the results can be messy -- to you, your kitchen and the peach.

I tried halving them before and after poaching, but my peaches weren't ripe enough (it is only June in the Pacific Northwest) to neatly yield their pits to me.  I suspect you may have better luck with riper peaches later in the season.

To be honest, a poached peach is very tender and easy to eat with a spoon, so it's not really necessary.  And besides, I have to ask: is it still Dougal's peach if the cook is the one to split it?


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07 Jun 2012 - 10:35am

Jen C.

As soon as I saw the words "Dougal" and "peach" I knew exactly which line in the book you were referring to. lol You are VERY creative! Thanks for the giggle this morning.

07 Jun 2012 - 12:48pm


My DH is absolutely going to LOVE this recipe!!! (incidentally, I wonder what Dougal himself would think of it?)

07 Jun 2012 - 1:18pm

Aaron Brown

The next batch of peaches off my trees are going to be made into this-I can't wait!

07 Jun 2012 - 2:08pm


This Sundae looks great, the passage is wonderful and your own comments are hilarious! Such a fun recipe.


Thanks, Shari! It was a fun post to make and write.

07 Jun 2012 - 7:38pm


Oh I sure love poached peaches. You are so witty and clever with your posts! Thanks for always making me smile.


Thanks for letting me know you like what you see, Kathi! Now you've got me smiling...:D

07 Jun 2012 - 10:17pm


This looks beautiful and delicious! Back in college, my best friend and I used to have tea parties (because I was staying in an old house with a wonderful flower-filled sunroom that demanded to host tea parties) and we always had fresh peaches on vanilla ice cream for dessert. We were amazed at how much flavor could be packed into such a simple dish. I would never have thought to poach the peaches, but she is coming into town next week and I am totally making this!!! You always have the best ideas :)


How fun is that?! Have a great visit with an old friend. :)

07 Jun 2012 - 10:24pm

Lior Aronoff

OMG. Outlander Kitchen, I love you. I REALLY love you. Will you marry me? Is it legal to wed a website??? nnI think OK cookbook would be a wonderful cuddler. #justsayin


If I wasn't already taken by My Englishman, Lior...I have to say I would seriously consider it. NH.


:-( my stomach will never get over the rejection. LH???

09 Jun 2012 - 6:44pm


Never tried poaching a peach but the dessert looks yummy. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

10 Jun 2012 - 6:48pm


I really want to pin some of your recipes to my Pinterest board - its how I keep track of the recipes I like online - but your blog isn't compatible for some unknown reason. Could you please look into making this possible? Its a great way to promote your blog too, spread the word about your recipes and drive new readers to your blog. Thank you!

10 Jun 2012 - 6:52pm


Never mind my last comment - it was viewing you via the FoodBuzz site that was preventing Pinterest from working. Thanks any how - love your recipes!


Glad you got it worked out, Callie! Thanks for stopping by. :D Theresa

10 Jun 2012 - 10:15pm

Marlene Kidd

YAY! I followed your reply to the comment I posted on Facebook that led me to this site. I look forward to ALL your posts and will be commenting more on this blog to continue to show my support!

11 Jun 2012 - 1:43pm

Claires Veget…

and salt. And while a classically prepared meat or poultry stock (like Mrs. Fitzs Chicken Broth) takes a few hours, a vegetable one is ready in less than 45

12 Jun 2012 - 3:51am


While Dougal was a bit of an arse to be sure, I always thought that his telling Colum that was one of the nicer things he had ever done. :-)nnAs for the dessert... I'll just drool copiously all over my keyboard and leave it at that :-P


You`re right, Janet. It`s quite possible that Colum was the only person (other than himself) that Dougal truly loved.

13 Jun 2012 - 11:39pm


That glazed peach looks scrumptious!

14 Jun 2012 - 3:22am

Shana Jensen

Och. My Dougal. I will never look at a peach again without thinking of him. <3 Theresa you are a true genius!

01 Jul 2012 - 1:14am

Mindy Reed

Made this for dessert tonight and it was WONDERFUL!!! Second recipe today that was a HUGE HIT!! Thank you!!


That's quite an Outlander food day, Mindy! I'm thrilled it was so successful and tasty. :D

31 Jul 2014 - 8:56pm

Carol Mackey

So much inuendo . . . so many chuckles and outright guffaws . . . my tummy hurts, and I haven't eaten a thing--not even a poached peach. Recipe sounds delicious--nothing like peaches with vanilla ice cream (except chocolate, of course); and poached . . . if it is anything like baked peaches with mascarpone . . . mmmmm! Erotic!

31 Jul 2014 - 8:59pm

Carol Mackey

. . . iNNuendo! Sorry! Hate when I do that!! The teacher in me, no doubt . . .

01 Aug 2014 - 1:02am

William Still

When I worked at the Cloister hotel in Georgia we would do poached peaches with poached meringue. We would poach the meringue in simmering cream flavored with vanilla bean and sugar. It was a very popular dessert. and of course we used fresh Georgia peaches.

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