Roasted fruit is a revelation. When you combine stone fruits, grapes, and figs with thyme, honey, pomegranate molasses and a splash of port - then add some heat - the result is magical.
Another great recipe using roasted fruit is my strawberry shortcake and also roasted grapes.
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Three and a half years of writing, thinking, and talking about food nearly every day has transformed me. I've always been adept at menu planning - matching flavors of the main course to sides and to the preferences of the diners, all while factoring in logistics of preparing multiple dishes at the same time. But I was a slave to the recipes that I found, assuming whoever wrote them had to know more about recipe rendering than I did, so I better not mess with it. I still believe that many recipes should be prepared, for the first time, as they are written, knowing how much effort and expertise the author put into creating it. But now I also know that a recipe can be a springboard for change to suit your own palate or maybe just to use up an overflowing fruit basket. It's liberating to veer off the road occasionally. You may reach a dead-end, waste a bit of time, and have to turn around but sometimes you find another path that's just as lovely as the original route.
In August, Carol Sacks from the blog InMediasRecipe posted about roasting figs, using a recipe from a tried and true source of brilliant food, David Lebovitz. It was wonderful just the way it was presented. I was intrigued by the figs, the sensuous scent of orange and thyme perfuming the fruit, and especially the idea of roasting the little gems. I grew up eating stewed fruit - cooked in a pot with a bit of juice or water added and some sugar and honey. A real comfort food that my daughter now relishes just as much I do. But the idea of elevating that concept by roasting the fruit captured my attention. Sort of a crisp without the topping.
Not to mention, my fruit basket was also overflowing. So instead of just figs, I used grapes, nectarines, peaches, and pluots. And because I knew that my Tasting Jerusalem community would be cooking with pomegranate molasses in September, I wanted to experiment with the ingredient. And, well, the port on our bar counter was shouting at me from across the room and I just couldn't ignore that sweet, savory, syrupy scream.
When I put a picture of the roasted fruit on Facebook, paired with some yogurt and granola, the requests for the recipe came rolling in. My variation is below but be sure to head over to Carol's blog and David's blog to read their posts and view their photos. A little recipe research will only build your confidence so you can create your own version of this roasted fruit.
If you celebrate the Jewish holidays, this is a perfect dish to prepare for breaking fast after Yom Kippur. You can make it ahead, it uses honey which is symbolic for a sweet new year, and it would be a lovely side dish to serve with an all dairy meal like blintzes or bagels, lox, and cream cheese. Also perfect for your dessert table, sitting beside a luscious honey or apple cake.
Other Pomegranate Molasses Recipes on OMG! Yummy
- How to Make Pomegranate Molasses
- Pomegranate Molasses Dressing
- Fig and Arugula Salad with Pomegranate Molasses Dressing
- Minty Pomegranate Mule Cocktail
- Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Two Ways
- Roasted Delicata Squash
- Instant Pot Brisket with Pomegranate Molasses
- Lemony Flank Steak with Pomegranate Molasses
- Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Pomegranate Molasses
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Roasted Fruit with Honey, Pomegranate Molasses, and PortBeth Lee
- 1 tablespoon of blood orange olive oil or regular
- 14 - 18 fresh figs about 1 lb - any type you have, stem removed and halved from stem end
- 1-2 pluots or plums sliced into 8 pieces
- 1-2 peaches or nectarines sliced into 8 pieces
- 1 cup red grapes approx.
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
- 2 tablespoons port
- 1.5 tablespoons honey 2 if you like sweeter, 1 for less sweet
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- zest of ½ an orange
- 4-5 thyme sprigs - rosemary might be nice also
- Wash and slice the fruit.
- Preheat the oven to 400 convection roast or 400 regular bake.
- Grease a 9 X 13ish baking pan with a dab of olive oil, blood orange if you have any.
- Lay the figs flat side down in the baking pan and scatter the rest of the fruit around the figs.
- In a small bowl whisk together the pomegranate molasses, honey, port, orange zest, and brown sugar.
- Pour the molasses mixture all over the fruit. Lay the thyme sprigs on top. Cover with foil and put in the oven for 10 minutes*. After 10 minutes, loosen the foil but leave it on and bake for another 10 minutes. Then take the foil off, slosh some of the pan juices on the stone fruit slices if they are a bit dry then let it cook for 5 more minutes. Check and cook for 2 more minutes if needed. Fruit should be bubbling and just starting to turn a bit dark on the edges. A minute less or more will not matter. Remove from oven and let cool before devouring or putting in a container and saving in the refrigerator.
- Excellent eaten alone, with ice cream, on yogurt, with granola. You get the idea.
I love the flavors here especially the addition of pomegranate molasses!
Pomegranate molasses is one of my favorite ingredients!
Love this recipe! Roasting the fruit gives it a whole new dimension!!! Delicious!
It really does! There is almost nothing that I've roasted that I don't love even more.
Couscous & Consciousness
Simply divine, Beth. I love the intensity of flavour that comes from roasting fruit - roasted stone fruit and berries with homemade vanilla ice cream is one of my favourite late summer desserts. I love that you added pomegranate molasses to the fruit though - I've never thought of that - it's inspired.
I'm definitely a person who likes to use a recipe for inspiration rather than follow it to the letter. It's rare for me to follow a recipe too closely, unless it's a particular cuisine I'm not very familiar with and I'm not really sure what it should taste like.
Michelle | DailyWaffle
Over yogurt, so healthy! I bet the roasted fruit would be just gorgeous over vanilla ice cream or olive oil cake. Too many great options!
Haven't tried the olive oil cake yet but great idea. And I can tell you first hand that it is excellent on vanilla ice cream 🙂
Thanks for the shout-out, Beth. Your roasted fruit looks lovely!
Thanks Carol - always appreciate the inspiration.
Beth, this roasted fruit is calling out to me! I love that you added pomegranate molasses and port for more fruity, rich flavor. A crisp without the topping is a terrific description. Your photo with the yogurt and granola is quite tempting, too!
This fruit made a great side for blintzes at break fast as well 🙂
I've been seeing & hearing a lot about people roasting fruit lately 🙂 I'm going to have to give it a GO!
Let me know what you think Tamara. I bet you'll come up with another interesting combination.
I also enjoy the inspiration another recipe or ingredient can add to my my culinary knowledge! Cooking should be fun! Roasting fruit is just as appealing as roasting vegetables and your sumptuous fruit is just phenomenal!
Deb - you are one of the many who have inspired me - I look forward to the day that we cook together in the same kitchen and not just support each other online! But until then, I will continue to enjoy our virtual conversations!
Beth the looks simple and delicious. I am not all all surprised that you had many requests for the recipe from that picture. I want to try this too.
And I bet you will put your own unique spin on it and come up with another great result. Let me know!
Love it, Beth! Excited to see you diving into recipe experimentation--a whole new world of flavors awaits!
Thanks to so many food friends like you, my confidence continues to grow!