Spice roasted fruits with honey & orange sauce

Spice roasted fruits with honey & orange sauce

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 6
Tom Kime's summery dessert is very simple and it looks absolutely stunning

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal160
  • fat4g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre3g
  • protein2g
  • salt0g


  • 4 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 4 seeds from half a star anise
    Star anise

    Star anise

    star an-eese

    Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • zest and juice of 3 oranges



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 4 tbsp clear honey
  • 3 tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • 6 fresh peaches or nectarines



    A smooth-skinned variety of peach native to China, similarly flavoured to peaches with slightly…

  • 6 fresh figs



    Although not juicy, the fig is an incredibly luscious fruit, with a delicate aroma and sweet…

  • 25g unsalted butter
  • crème fraîche and macaroons or soft amaretti biscuits, to serve


  1. The day before: tear the bay leaves and break the cinnamon into two or three pieces to release the oils and perfumes. Split the vanilla pod in half and scrape out the seeds with the back of a knife. Mix with the star anise seeds and the pepper, orange zest and juice, honey and sugar to make a sauce. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

  2. Half an hour before serving: Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Cut the peaches or nectarines in half and remove the stones. Halve the figs. Put the peaches or nectarines skin-side down in a large baking dish or a roasting tray with sides. Pour the spicy sauce over the fruit and dot with the butter.Roast in the oven for 10 minutes, add the figs and baste the fruits with a large spoon.Roast for 15 minutes more, basting at least three times, until the fruits are tender. Serve with crème fraîche and macaroons or amaretti biscuits to soak up all the lovely juices.

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12th Sep, 2012
This is absolutely beautiful - i made it last night. I didnt have any figs or star anise but it was still lovely - the sauce is so sweet and flavoursome and the fruit just lovely. I'll make it again with all the right ingredients soon as i think star anise would make it evem better!
20th Feb, 2011
Delicious. Sauce has a real depth of flavour. Even better eaten the day after as leftovers! Served it with mascapone. Definitely will make again.
3rd Jul, 2010
Amazing!!! Have made this dish many many times and everyone always loves it. Yummy!!!
11th Jul, 2008
we had some friends over for a meal and had this for dessert. it was fantastic, delicious. I now keep the spices topped up in the store cupboard ready to make up again. Even my kids like this and they did'nt ever think they would like figs. Making this again tonight as my hubby brought home a couple of packets of figs going cheap at Sainsbury's last night. YUMMY
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