Wednesday, 5 June 2013

baked plums and strawberries with ginger and balsamic

the day after I returned home from hospital I had a fruit delivery from fruitdrop... it was as though the kind fruit delivery people knew I had been ill and that a large box of wonderful fresh fruit was exactly the thing I need to set me on the road to recovery... of course this was not quite the case, it was simply a coincidence of dates but like all things karmic in this world, it's nice to think that someone out there is looking out for you just once in a while...

... there are lots of food delivery companies out there and fruitdrop are doing nothing particularly different but their USP as it were, is to encourage healthy eating in the workplace and a large box of fruit is a great place to start... my delivery contained a selection of good quality everyday fruit including a mix of apples, pears, bananas, plums, grapes, satsumas, strawberries and a glorious honeydew melon... all stuff we would normally purchase as a household and all in great condition as though picked in the store myself...

baked plums and strawberries with ginger and balsamic
my current high-fibre diet allows me to eat plenty of fruit but particularly anything stewed is great for the digestive system and with the added ginger this combination of fruits is subtly and beautifully easy on the pallet... the balsamic vinegar takes away anything too sickly and adds a little sophistication to the  whole thing... plus the juice is simply heavenly drizzled over greek yoghurt.

6 plums - cut in half, stones removed
a large handful of strawberries - topped and cut in half
2 tablespoons apple juice
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
greek yoghurt to serve

simply lay the fruit out in a baking dish, pour in the apple juice then sprinkle with sugar, ginger, vanilla and balsamic and roast on 150C for an hour, then cover with foil and roast for a further 30 mins until soft and tender

this yummy dish would make a perfect breakfast and so i'm entering it into this months breakfast club bloggers challenge, founded by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and this month hosted by Elizabeth from Elizabeth's Kitchen, with the theme of High Fibre.

eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. Oh this sounds utterly divine! I'm salivating just reading about it! This would make the perfect breakfast, for sure. What a wonderful selection of fruits to have arrived at the perfect time too. Thank you for entering your recipe into the Breakfast Club.

  2. This is making me swoon---those big plum halves and the syrup look amazing, although I did think it was topping ice cream, at first glance!

  3. oh very nice, lovely sounding dessert that. I'd have it with some decent ice cream, lovely on a sunny day.

  4. Paired with refreshing ice cream or even yogurt this would be a tasty ending to any meal Dom.

  5. Love balsamic on strawberries so I can just imagine how delicious this would be ...and that greek yogurt would make it so creamy. Perfect summer brekky.

  6. I would never have thought of combining strawberries with plums. How lovely! And not just for breakfast . . . :)

  7. What a delicious way to get one (or more) of your five a day! The combination of plums and strawberries sounds really delicious especially with that hint of heat from the ginger.

  8. What a nice post-hospital gift! I love the sound of this Dom, I'd love it with ice cream.

  9. This looks lovely, I may have to delve into the hidden depths of my freezer to see if I still have plums to use from last year's glut, so that I can try this. You're right, would be so delicious for breakfast with greek yoghurt and granola.

  10. Wonderful stuff Dom. I've added balsamic to raw strawberries, but never thought to do the same to stewed. Lovely invalid food which I'm sure helped you on the road to recovery.

  11. This looks lovely. Great combination and very clever with the balsamic vinegar for an extra tang. I hope you are feeling much better now :)


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