Jonathan Benno uses store-bought puff pastry and an uncomplicated caramel to make this sublime and surprisingly fast dessert. It reminds him of the homey cobblers his grandmother used to make, but with the refinement of a classic French apple tarte Tatin. "This whole menu is all about what I love to eat in the middle of the summer," Benno says. "I'd sit down to this meal any day in August."
How to Make the Ultimate Umami-Bomb Vegetarian Demi-Glace
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
3 medium freestone peaches—peeled, halved and pitted
5-ounce sheet of frozen all-butter puff pastry, thawed but very cold
Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Preheat the oven to 400°. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water and corn syrup and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Simmer without stirring until an amber caramel forms, about 6 minutes. Pour the caramel into an 8-inch ovenproof skillet, tilting to coat the bottom. Set the peach halves in the caramel, cut sides up.
On a lightly floured surface, cut the puff pastry into an 8-inch round. Set the round over the peaches in the skillet and bake until the pastry is richly browned and puffed, about 28 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Carefully invert the peach tart onto a cake plate and let cool slightly. Cut the tart into wedges and serve with vanilla ice cream.