Fersken i Cognac Recipe - Authentic Danish Peach Delight

Fersken i Cognac

Fersken i Cognac Recipe - Authentic Danish Peach Delight
Region / culture: Denmark | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 10


Fersken i Cognac
Fersken i Cognac

Fersken i Cognac, or peaches in brandy, is a delicious and elegant dessert that is perfect for special occasions or as a sweet treat. The combination of juicy peaches and rich brandy creates a decadent flavor that is sure to impress your guests.


This recipe has its origins in traditional European cuisine, where fruit preserved in alcohol was a popular way to enjoy the flavors of the season all year round. Peaches in brandy have been enjoyed for centuries as a luxurious and indulgent dessert.


How to prepare

  1. Pour boiling water over the peaches.
  2. Allow them to stand for a few minutes.
  3. Peel off the loosened skin.
  4. Place the peaches in a large bowl and cover them with water. Add lemon juice to prevent browning.
  5. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  6. Gently place the peaches in the syrup and cook them slowly for 20 minutes.
  7. If needed, add more water and sugar to ensure the fruit is fully covered by the syrup.
  8. Carefully remove the peaches from the syrup using a slotted spoon.
  9. Pack the peaches into sterilized jars.
  10. Pour 4 tbsp of brandy into each jar, then fill the jars with syrup until overflowing. Seal the jars immediately.
  11. Store the jars for at least 2 weeks before using.


  • Try using different types of stone fruits, such as apricots or plums, in place of peaches.
  • Experiment with different types of alcohol, such as rum or whiskey, for a unique flavor profile.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to use ripe, but firm peaches for this recipe to ensure they hold their shape during cooking.

- Make sure to sterilize your jars properly before packing the peaches to ensure they stay fresh for longer.

- The longer you let the peaches sit in the brandy syrup, the more flavorful they will become.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Fersken i Cognac on its own as a decadent dessert, or pair it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for an extra special treat.

Cooking Techniques

The key to this recipe is slow cooking the peaches in the brandy syrup to allow the flavors to meld together and create a rich and decadent dessert.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have brandy on hand, you can use rum or whiskey as a substitute in this recipe.

Make Ahead Tips

Fersken i Cognac can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 month before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Fersken i Cognac in elegant glass jars or bowls for a beautiful presentation that will impress your guests.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Fersken i Cognac with a glass of dessert wine or champagne for a truly luxurious dining experience.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store Fersken i Cognac in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year. To serve, simply remove from the jar and enjoy at room temperature.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Fersken i Cognac contains approximately 180 calories.


Each serving of Fersken i Cognac contains approximately 45g of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Fersken i Cognac contains approximately 0g of fats.


Each serving of Fersken i Cognac contains approximately 1g of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Peaches are a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber, providing essential nutrients for a healthy diet.


This recipe contains alcohol (brandy), which may be an allergen for some individuals.


Fersken i Cognac is a sweet and indulgent dessert that is relatively low in fats and proteins, making it a delicious treat for those watching their calorie intake.


Fersken i Cognac is a delicious and elegant dessert that is perfect for special occasions or as a sweet treat. With its rich brandy syrup and juicy peaches, this recipe is sure to impress your guests and leave them wanting more.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the sense of anticipation I felt when I first discovered this recipe for Fersken i Cognac. It was a warm summer day, and I had been invited to a friend's house for a dinner party. As we sat around the table enjoying our meal, my friend brought out a bowl of peaches that had been soaked in Cognac. The smell of the sweet fruit mixed with the rich aroma of the alcohol was intoxicating.

I asked my friend for the recipe, and she explained that it was a family tradition passed down from her grandmother. She had learned to make it from her mother, who had learned it from her grandmother, and so on. I was fascinated by the idea of a recipe with such a long and storied history, and I begged my friend to share it with me.

She graciously agreed, and I watched closely as she peeled and sliced the peaches, then placed them in a glass jar with sugar and Cognac. She explained that the peaches needed to marinate for at least a week before they were ready to eat, allowing the flavors to fully develop.

I couldn't wait to try the finished product, and when the time came, I was not disappointed. The peaches were sweet and boozy, with a depth of flavor that I had never experienced before. I knew immediately that this recipe was something special, and I made a mental note to add it to my collection.

Over the years, I have made Fersken i Cognac many times, each time tweaking the recipe slightly to suit my own tastes. Sometimes I add a touch of vanilla or a sprinkle of cinnamon, depending on my mood. But no matter how I choose to make it, the recipe always brings back memories of that first taste at my friend's dinner party.

As I continued to explore the world of cooking and baking, I found that many of the best recipes are those that have been passed down through generations. There is something magical about a recipe that has stood the test of time, bringing joy and satisfaction to countless people over the years.

I have collected a treasure trove of recipes from various places and people, each one telling a story of its own. Some recipes have been handed down through my own family, like my grandmother's famous apple pie or my mother's secret recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Others I have discovered through friends, cookbooks, and even my travels around the world.

But no matter where a recipe comes from, the most important thing is the love and care that goes into making it. Cooking is not just about following a set of instructions; it is about creating something delicious and meaningful to share with others.

As I grow older, I find myself cherishing these recipes more and more. They are not just a collection of ingredients and instructions; they are a connection to the past, a way to remember loved ones who are no longer with us, and a way to create new memories with those who are still here.

So the next time you find a recipe that speaks to you, whether it's a family tradition or a new discovery, I encourage you to embrace it wholeheartedly. Cook with love, share with others, and remember that the best recipes are those that bring joy and nourishment to both body and soul.


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