Plum Crazy

Quick and easy oven baked fresh plums, strawberries and fresh ginger bring out their full flavours and produce a wonderful syrup, ideal as a breakfast fruit on yoghurt or with the addition of some fruity liqueur makes an ideal fruit dessert to round off any meal.

Sufficient for 4 serves you will need:

Amounts are approximate!

6 or 7 large plums, washed, stoned and halved (around 500gms)
250gms of strawberries, washed, hulled and halved
2 tablespoons of water (or fruit liqueur)
2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
1 teaspoons of fresh ginger, grated (plus any ginger juice)
Splash of real vanilla essence
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
Optional: Lemon or lime zest; fresh rosemary leaves, chopped;
toasted nuts or Pepitas to finish


Pre-heat oven to 150ºc or 130ºc for a fan oven.

In a ceramic or glass baking dish place the fruit all in one layer.
Sprinkle the fruits with the water, then sugar, then ginger, vanilla and balsamic.
Lemon or limezest and fresh rosemary, if using can be added at this stage

Place in oven, uncovered, and roast for around 45 minutes.

Removes from oven, spoon juices and gently stir to prevent over crisping of fruit, especially the strawberries. Drizzle honey over fruits and syrup and return to the oven for another 15 minutes.

Can be served hot, room temperature or cold.

Ideal on fresh thick creamy yoghurt---with maybe a further drizzle of honey and/or toasted nuts such as slivered almonds or seeds such as Pepitas , or with homemade wafer biscuits or meringues.


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