Monday, 3 May 2010

poached fruit

I had meant to pop this recipe up over the bank holiday weekend. Poached fruits are the perfect thing to have in the fridge to dip in and out of on a long weekend. They are delicious with pancakes, yoghurt, granola, a wedge of cake and of course ice cream. 

However, I got sidetracked with a weekend of partying. I ate and drank all the bad good things. Must make these this week as part of a my five a day on the road to recovery...


175g caster sugar
450g plums (about 10), halved and stones removed
3 star anise

Place the sugar in a wide pan with 175ml of water and bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

Add the plum halves and star anise and leave to poach gently for 10-15 minutes until softened but still holding their shape.

Serve warm or cold at breakfast, lunch or dinner time or anywhere in between.

Other fruits perfect for poaching include pears, peaches, apricots, figs, berries, pineapple, mango and rhubarb. Poaching time will vary depending on the size and softness of the fruit.

Besides star anise try flavouring the sugar syrup with other spices like cardamon or cinnamon, a split vanilla pod, orange or lime zest, herbs like mint, rosemary or tarragon, lavender or even lemongrass, ginger and chilli.

Try liquid flavourings like poaching in fruit juice, wine or add a dash of rose water, orange blossom or grenadine or something stronger like brandy, kirsch, frangelico or amaretto.

So maybe vanilla and red wine figs, cardamon apricots or ginger and lemongrass mango...

TOP TIP: keep any leftover fruity flavoured syrup to use in your cocktails!


Lilly Higgins said...

Yum! I love poached plums! I add a bit of ginger cordial to mine like Sophie Dahl does. And I didn't have any orange juice the other day so I added cointreau! Unreal:A great start to the day. Star anise is so pretty, looks gorgeous in the teacups!x

Ciara said...

Agh! The photo alone...!

My mouth is watering, Sharon. These look divine. And I can just imagine how good they tasted first thing in the morning after that partying!

balanced. said...

I must pick up some plums! I love the "top tip", too. I'll be sure to remember that one.

The Top Tips for Trips Blog said...

yummy! :)

Nishant said...

These look divine.
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