This is the perfect way to use up ripe fruits that have been sitting at home, or in-season varieties that need extra sweetness and flavour.
- 2 baby pears
- 2 peaches
- 2 nectarines
- 4 plums (Pineapple, figs, bananas and apples also work).
- ½ cup liquid honey
- ½ tsp ginger
- 1 cup apple juice or sweet wine
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4-6 cloves
- 2-3 star anise
1 Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a roasting tray with baking paper. Cut the fruits in half or larger pieces into quarters and remove any stones or cores.
2 In a large bowl, toss the fruits together with the honey, ginger and juice or wine, then arrange in a single layer in the prepared tray. Nestle in the cinnamon, cloves and star anise around the halves.
3 Roast for 15-20 minutes until the fruits are tender and golden and just starting to caramelise. Serve warm with ice cream, natural yoghurt or custard.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author