Three ways to cook stone fruit
It wouldn’t be an Aussie summer without the glorious mess that is digging in to seasonal fruits. We certainly don’t mind getting a little sticky if it means biting into a juicy nectarine, peach or plum. The sweet flavours of these gorgeous stone fruits aren’t just incredible when eaten fresh, they also shine through when cooked.
The cooking process intensifies the sweet, aromatic flavours in the fruit. So if you're looking for meal or dessert inspiration around the sunny season, look no further than your fruit bowl.
We have three top ways to cook and prepare your summer fruits, plus ideas for what to serve alongside your stone fruit.
How to cook stone fruit
Grilling stone fruit creates a smoky, caramelised sensation like no other. Grill stone fruit in a pan over moderate heat. If you find that it's sticking, you can lay down a piece of baking paper. This will stop sticking, but you'll still get lovely colour on your fruit.
Poaching will intensify the flavours of whichever stone fruit you choose. Don't poach the fruits in plain water as this will dilute their flavour, poach them in sugar syrup and add your favourite aromatics. Spices that work well include vanilla, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and cloves. Or try adding a splash of rosewater, orange blossom water, wine or citrus juice.
This is a great option that's a bit more hands-free, perfect for summer entertaining. Simply halve your stone fruit and toss with some spices and a bit of honey or sugar. Roast for around 30 minutes or until the fruit is tender, then serve! This technique works well for under-ripe fruits, simply roast until softened.
Stone fruit serving suggestions
Pick an accompaniment to your stone fruit that highlights the delicate but sweet flavours of your fruit.
What to serve with your stone fruit:
- Fresh cream
- Fresh cheese like ricotta, mozzarella or haloumi
- Greek or coconut yoghurt
- Vanilla bean ice cream
Stone fruit recipe ideas
Perfect for the silly season, these recipe ideas make for the ultimate side dish, a show stopping dessert or a festive drink idea that is ideal for your guests arrival. Find inspiration below for wonderful seasonal recipes: