Rich in flavor and fresh tasting, Butterscotch Pudding Filled Peaches are a unique and elegant peach dessert that requires no baking. Butterscotch pudding is prepared on the stove top, spooned into sweet, ripe peach halves and then refrigerated until set. Whipped cream and crushed gingersnap cookies top it all off. How easy is that?

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I love the deep, rich flavor of butterscotch. In fact, one of my favorite desserts are these Individual Butterscotch Pies. But, I don’t always have the time to make these adorable little bites of deliciousness; while the filling is quick to prepare, the crust takes a bit longer. So, I decided to come up with another, faster dessert with butterscotch filling – and these amazing Butterscotch Pudding Filled Peaches were born!

White plate holding one Butterscotch Pudding Filled Peach, with gingersnaps on the side

History behind this peach dessert recipe

Peaches are also at the top of my favorite foods list, so I’m always crafting new and different desserts that call for them. Like my Individual Peach Upside-Down Spice Cakes. Ever since I started seeing fresh peaches at the grocery store a month or so ago, I’ve been playing around with creating some sort of stuffed peach dessert.

I tried baked peaches with a crème brulée filling, but the filling ran out and they looked messy. So, I thought about taking some sort of pie filling and putting into peaches. I decided to try marrying two of my favorite tastes into one dessert – peaches and butterscotch.

close up of a white plate holding one Butterscotch Pudding Filled Peach, with gingersnaps on the side

As it turns out, butterscotch’s buttery, sugary, creaminess pairs perfectly with sweet, fragrant peaches! And the peaches are the perfect holder for the rich, gooey butterscotch filling – which is basically butterscotch pudding. I top it all off with whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed gingersnap cookies. You can serve more cookies on the side, too. Your taste buds will be dancing when you take a bite of this scrumptious dessert!

white plate with a Butterscotch Pudding Filled Peach half, with the filling oozing out on the plate
What’s the difference between butterscotch and caramel?

While they taste similar, the main difference is the sugar used. Butterscotch is made with brown sugar, and caramel is made with white granulated sugar. Both can be enhanced with additional ingredients, including vanilla, milk, cream, and/or salt.

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Butterscotch Pudding Filled Peaches

White plate holding one Butterscotch Pudding Filled Peach

Rich and fresh tasting, Butterscotch Pudding Filled Peaches are a unique and elegant peach dessert that requires no baking. Butterscotch pudding is prepared on the stovetop, spooned into peach halves and then refrigerated until set.

  • Author: (By Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Yield: 8 servings (1/2 peach each) 1x
  • Category: dessert, quick, make ahead
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Ingredients

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Butterscotch Pudding Filling

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, preferably unbleached
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Peaches

  • 4 to 5 large peaches (amount depends on size of peaches)
  • Juice from 1/2 large lemon

Gingersnap Crumble

  • 1/2 cup crushed ginger snaps – plus more cookies for serving

Topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Butterscotch Pudding Filling

  1. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, flour and salt.
  2. Slowly blend in eggs, then milk.
  3. Place mixture in a heavy saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, whisking, until thick.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for around 10 minutes.

Peaches

  1. While the filling is cooling, prepare the peaches. Cut in half pole to pole. Using a melon baller, carefully scoop out pit and flesh from inside, leaving a 1/4-inch shell. If they are wobbly, slice off a small piece on the bottom so they sit level. Make sure not to cut through the bottom peel and flesh; if you do, the filling will run out! Brush top cut edges lightly with lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Spoon butterscotch filling into peach halves and put in a 7 by 11-inch pan. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (and no more than 8 hours) to set.

Topping

  1. In a large mixing bowl and using an electric mixer, beat the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  2. Gently pipe or spoon whipped cream on top of butterscotch filling.
  3. Sprinkle Gingersnap Crumble over the top.
  4. Serve immediately, with additional cookies on the side.

Notes

Leftover peach flesh: Use the peach flesh you removed from inside the peaches for another use. I like to throw it in a smoothie, or on my cereal at breakfast.

Make ahead: The stuffed peaches can be prepared up to 8 hours in advance, covered and refrigerated. Add whipped cream and Gingersnap Crumble topping just before serving.

Keywords: peach recipe, no bake peach dessert, butterscotch pudding

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