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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