Fresh fruit, honey and ricotta star in these healthy Mediterranean treats.
HONEY-BAKED PEACHES & GRAPES WITH SWEET RICOTTA
PREP + COOK TIME 40 MINUTES SERVES 4 There’s no more straightforward dessert than baked fruit, where the bright, sweet flavours are amplified to become a delicious warming dish. Accompanied here with a sweetened ricotta, the fruit could be served with gelato, crème fraîche or creamy yoghurt. Also, the fruit and syrup atop a plain cake would turn it into a show-stopping dessert. 4 large mixed peaches (880g), stones removed, quartered
(see cook’s notes)
400g red grapes, halved,
1 tablespoon honey
4 sprigs fresh thyme, plus extra,
1½ cups (360g) firm ricotta 2 tablespoons caster sugar
½ teaspoon finely grated orange rind,
plus extra, to serve
1 Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan. Line an oven tray with baking paper.
2 Place peaches and grapes on tray; drizzle with honey and top with thyme. Bake for 25 minutes or until tender and syrupy. 3 Meanwhile, process ricotta, sugar and rind until smooth.
4 Serve baked fruit and any cooking juices with sweet ricotta, topped with extra orange rind and extra thyme.