1 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 1 slice (1/2" size) lemon zest (yellow part only) 4 cups peeled, pitted peaches
Bring the sugar, water and lemon zest to a boil over high heat. Simmer for 5 minutes. This will extract flavor from the peel, dissolve the sugar and make a syrup. Add the fruit and continue to cook for about 5 minutes, until just tender. Remove the fruit from the juice and set aside. Discard the lemon zest.
Reduce the juice over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until it becomes syrupy. Pour the syrup over the cooked fruit. Serve warm.