Saturday, July 18

Roasted Plum

This is the very first dessert that I've posted here! I don't do a lot of baking because I always manage to mess something up and it doesn't come out quite right. Baking is very exact and I'm......not. I like the flexibility of spices and flavors with cooking, so when I do some sort of dessert it is something simple like this. A fruit I have on hand, or a berry medley I have frozen in the freezer served with mascarpone or ice cream. Mascarpone is an Italian style cream cheese, but taste very different than American cream cheese. The smooth creamy texture and mild flavor really goes well with any type of fruit and melts in your mouth as soon as it hits it. This weeks BSI, hosted by healthy-delicious, is plum so I chose to prepare my go-to dessert with a plum in place of berries. I roasted a whole plum with a red wine-sugar reduction and topped it with mascarpone and crushed pistachios, just to be fancy. ;) Im sending this off to healthy-delicious for this weeks BSI: Plum.

Roasted Plum
1 plum
1/4 cup red wine
1/4 tablespoon sugar
1-2 orange rinds
mascarpone
crushed pistachios (optional)

1 Preheat toaster oven to 400 degrees. Bring red wine, sugar, and orange rind to a boil in a small saucepan and then simmer for 10 minutes until reduced to a syrup-like consistency.
2 Cut plum in half and remove pit. When syrup is ready, pour half of it over the split plum in an oven safe dish and bake in toaster oven for 10-12 minutes until tender. Halfway through, turn the plums skin side up to roast the other side.
3 Serve open-faced plum with rest of the syrup with a scoop of mascarpone on top. Top with crushed pistachios.

29 comments:

doggybloggy said...

you crack me up - you made a dessert under the 'guise' of baking but there was no baking done here...

this looks great - especially with the mascarpone!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love plums and that combo is so scrumptious!

Cheers,

Rosa

girlichef said...

I feel the same way about baking...this dessert looks delicious :D

Leslie said...

this is the perfect little dessert!!!

Karine said...

It is the first time I hear about roasted plum and it looks delicious! (and I also love the addition of mascapone... :) )

the ungourmet said...

This is wonderful! Love the pistachios on top!

Your photo is gorgeous!

janis said...

lovely picture! makes it more enticing...
now i'm hungry...

thanks for visiting my blog :)

nora@ffr said...

vat a perfect combo.. a must try!!

maybelles mom said...

this looks great. though, I must tell you--I never was a baker until I got older. Now, I find it a great practice.

Soma said...

That sounds like me.. i can never follow a recipe, & in baking that is the trouble i have with baking;-)

I love poached/syrupy fruits, had done pear once. This looks beautiful.

mycookinghut said...

This looks lovely!!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This looks absolutely beautiful and delicious! My kind of dessert for sure! Gotta get some plums!!!

ashley (sweetandnatural) said...

Hi Zoe! Thanks for your comment on my blog! Yours is so beautiful. :-)

Faith said...

I love the mascarpone with the plums in this recipe...it looks delicious!

Grace said...

my favorite part of any meal is dessert, and i'm glad you've posted this gorgeous dish! it sounds heavenly and looks so elegant.

Karyn - (French Charming) said...

Hi Zoe,

I have never had a roasted plum before but it looks delicious! I'm much better at baking...maybe we'd make a good team????

xoxo
Karyn

haleysuzanne said...

Who needs to bake when you can make gorgeous desserts like this! Plums are so delightful, and this just intensifies the flavor. Very nice!

Reeni♥ said...

How scrumptious this is with that scoop of mascarpone on top! What a lovely summery dessert!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Your dessert looks fantastic!!!

Kerstin said...

Looks good and perfect for summer with the plums and mascarpone!

Heavenly Housewife said...

a thing of beauty :)

Stacey Snacks said...

Loving this simple dessert for summer!

Marta said...

Oh Zoe, what a great way to get started on desseerts! This is so classy and delicate. Fruits are my favourite kind of dessert. Bar none!

Pam said...

I love this dessert - especially with the crushed pistachios. YUM.

Calvine said...

I am EXACTLY the same way about baking... I try and try but there are always at least 3 mistakes I make, and then I say "oh well it should still turn out okay" and it never does. I'll have to try this one though!

kellypea said...

This is so beautiful and elegantly simple. The flavors are swoonworthy.

Deseree said...

what a perfect dessert! I am a huge fan of mascarpone. It works well as an addition to any dessert or to savory dishes. I love what you did with it here and your pictures are lovely.

On the baking note, I am not a huge baker either. It is so easy for it to turn into a disaster.Unlike when you are cooking, you don't really have the luxury of adjusting along the way to make sure it will turn out exactly how it is suppose to be. I have gotten better the more I practice but I have thrown away many a fallen cakes and flat cookies in my time.

Joanne said...

Baking used to scare me as well but then I decided to just jump in feet-first. There were definitely some failures but its worth it to get the good stuff that inevitably comes out every once in a while. This looks delicious - so simple and yet so tasty.

Chef Fresco said...

Wow, impressive first dessert! Looks absolutely amazing.