Peaches in a natural cough syrup!

Mark Hughes Desserts, Natural Remedies 0 Comments

This is the time of year for sore throats and sniffles, so what better way to seek relief than a bowl of warm poached peaches in a soothing syrup with a spoon of lovely, thick Greek yoghurt? Because the spices have a combination of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and cough suppressant properties, the soothing syrup is natures way of helping when you feel under the weather.

Deliciously simple and quick to prepare, once you’ve tried it you’ll definitely add it to your repertoire, even if you haven’t got a sore throat! It’s a great store cupboard treat too as you can easily substitute dried peaches or apricots if there’s no fresh to hand, in fact, we used dried for this recipe.

The saffron gives a lovely warmth to the finished dish and a touch of decadence, so why not treat yourself and include it?


  • 1 litre of water
  • 200g dried peaches or apricots
  • cloves
  • star anise
  • cinnamon sticks
  • 8 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 piece of stem ginger, finely chopped, and 1 tsp of the syrup
  • good pinch of saffron (optional)
  • thick greek-stye yoghurt to serve


  1. Put all the ingredients, except for the yoghurt, in a pan and bring to the boil
  2. Immediately reduce the heat to a gentle (uncovered) simmer for 30 minutes
  3. Turn off the heat and allow to cool and infuse
  4. Spoon out the fruit and serve at room temperature with a lovely dollop of Greek yoghurt – I normally drizzle a little of the poaching liquor on top too

Poached Peaches

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