Roasted Pluots with Rosemary-Lavender Syrup


I freely admit I am in a serious love affair with summer stone fruit. No other fruits stand a fighting chance when plums and peaches are in season. One of my all-time favorites is the Flavor King Pluot–a delicious marriage of kissing cousins plum and apricot that produces a rich, flavorful cross marked by floral notes of hibiscus. You’ll likely find them in the market stalls of smaller independent growers at your local farmers market. Look for medium-sized fruit with deep purple-red flesh, and a heady fragrance that gives away the sweet, spicy flesh within.

They are absolutely swoon-worthy marinated in homemade Rosemary-Lavender Simple Syrup and oven roasted to intensify their natural sweetness. The combination of lively rosemary and mellow lavender adds incredible dimension to this easy, elegant dessert.

I generally serve roasted pluots with a generous scoop of fresh ricotta cheese (try Bellwether Farms Whole Milk Basket Ricotta) drizzled with additional simple syrup and pan juices. Vanilla bean ice cream is a solid choice as well. Either way, summer never tasted so good!

OVEN ROASTED PLUOTS with Rosemary-Lavender Syrup (serves 8)

Ingredients: 

For the Rosemary-Lavender Simple Syrup:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups organic sugar
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon culinary lavender

Other ingredients:

  • 8 ripe Flavor King pluots (or other variety plum/pluot)
  • 24 ounces (two 12 ounce cartons) fresh whole milk ricotta cheese
  • fresh mint for garnish (if desired)

Directions:

To make the simple syrup:

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
  2. Add rosemary sprigs and lavendar. Return to a boil for (1) minute.
  3. Remove pan from the heat and allow the herbs to steep for 45 minutes.
  4. Pour the cooled syrup through a fine mesh strainer to remove the solids. Store in a glass container. *Should be refrigerated after use.

To roast the pluots:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Wash and dry the fruit. Cut pluots in half and remove the pit.
  2. Place halved pluots in a large mixing bowl, and gently toss with 1/3 cup of the Rosemary-Lavender syrup to coat. Let them marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Place the plums cut side up on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Roast 15-20 minutes (check them at 15 minutes) until they are soft but still hold their shape (test with a fork).
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  6. To serve, place 1 to 2 scoops of ricotta in each serving bowl. Top with (2) plum halves and drizzle with additional Rosemary-Lavender syrup plus pan juices. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf if desired.

 

Categories: Cheese/Dairy, Desserts, Gluten-free, Seasonal RecipesTags: , , , , , , ,

4 comments

  1. Nice shot!!!!!

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  2. Plums are so delicious this time of year. Your recipe makes wonderful use of them.

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