Grilled stone fruit with red wine syrup
( SERVES 4 )
This is a simple, yet stunning dessert – roasting the fruit brings out its natural sweetness, and it is delicious drizzled with syrupy red wine. Add a shot (or two) of port, sherry or other liqueur to the syrup if you like. I love desserts like this as they’re not too heavy after a meal, yet still luxurious enough to be served on a special occasion. Plus, you’re getting in your recommended two serves of fruit a day.
- Place red wine, lemon peel and juice, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a medium sized pot and boil down until thick and syrupy, about 10-15 minutes. The amount of liquid should reduce by more than half.
- Heat oven grill. Cut apricots, plums and nectarines or peaches in half and arrange, cut-side-up, in a baking dish. Sieve icing sugar all over fruit. Grill fruit for 12-15 minutes until soft and caramelised on top. Watch that it doesn’t burn as some oven grills are hotter than others.
- To serve, add cherries to the rest of the fruit and drizzle over the red wine syrup. Serve with a bowl of Greek yoghurt, mascarpone or ice-cream on the side, for everyone to help themselves.