I suffer from something called birch allergy syndrome which means I can’t eat most fruit or nuts. It’s an allergy that becomes stronger with age so there are some things that I used to eat when I was younger that I can’t eat now and really miss. What I have discovered though is that if I cook the fruit then I can eat it… and who would have known that roasted fruit could be so delicious. You could serve this hot with vanilla ice-cream as a dessert but it also makes a delicious cold breakfast with a little Greek yoghurt. I have used peaches and apricots but you can also use nectarines or plums or any combination of these.
Roasted peaches and apricots
1 punnet of apricots, pitted and halved
1 punnet of peaches, pitted and halved
Golden caster sugar
Preheat the oven to 200 C. Put the peaches and apricots in a baking dish, skin side down. Use a potato peeler to cut a few slices of peel from the orange and add this to the baking dish then squeeze over the juice of the whole orange. Sprinkle over a little sugar and cinnamon. Pop in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
Serves 4 as a dessert with ice-cream
This is a recipe that I gave a little makeover to make it a bit healthier.
Healthy(ish) Plum Crumble
1 punnet (about 8) plums, halved and stoned
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
¾ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup caster sugar
½ cup lightly flavoured vegetable oil (I use grapeseed oil)
¾ cup oats
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 teaspoons pureed fresh ginger
A handful of pumpkin seeds – I’m allergic to nuts so this is a handy alternative for me. You could put in flaked almonds if you’d prefer nuts but the pumpkin seeds are great
Put the plums in a medium sized baking dish, cut side down. Drizzle with maple syrup and then roll the plums over until they’re covered in syrup. They should go into the oven cut side down. Bake at 200 C for 10 minutes.
In the meantime make the crumble. Mix together the flour, sugar, oil, oats, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds and ginger.
Take the plums out of the oven and toss the crumble over the top. Return to the oven and bake for a further 20 minutes.
Ruin any health benefits by serving with vanilla ice-cream. Serves 4.
Love apple-pie but want to give it a bit of a healthy makeover. Check out this super easy low guilt pud.
Crumble Stuffed Apples
3 large granny smith or other cooking apples
½ cup oats
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup whole wheat flour (or normal but whole wheat is obviously healthier)
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of ginger
1 Tablespoon of coconut (optional)
Cut the apples in half and remove the core so that there is a hollow in the middle of each half. Mix together the remaining ingredients to make a crumble. Press the crumble into the hollow and over the surface of each apple half. Place in an oven safe dish and bake at 180C for 30 minutes or until the apples are soft. Serve with ice-cream or custard depending on how healthy you’re feeling. Serves 3 -6 depending on whether you can stop after just one half…