I'm not much of a pudding person, no wait, that's a lie. I love dessert, but we didn't have it on a regular basis growing up. It was a real treat, and that's probably why I'm such a sweet tooth now (making up for lost time and all that). One thing I was particularly fond of growing up though, and when they appeared in the grocery box it was like all my Christmases had come at once, was Black Doris plums. The canned variety are still a favourite (remember those plum meringues?) but what gets me really excited is when these bad boys are fresh in season. Like now! Dark plums from the market were cheap so I stocked up. On Monday after eating cheese on toast (with rocket fuel sauce, fresh tomato, spinach and capers on vogel's) for dinner (amazing!), when a couple of friends popped in I made a very sassy dessert indeed.
Roasted Plums with coconut crumble topping
1-3 plum halves per person (cut in half, remove the stone - be careful with the knife if the stone doesn't slip out easily. I'm just speaking from slightly-stabbing-myself experience).
In a bowl, crumble together about a heaped tablespoon of brown sugar, a heaped tablespoon of coconut threads, about a tablespoon of flour and a big knob of butter. Sprinkle in some cinnamon and a little orange zest if you have it.
Place the fruit cut side up on a roasting tray, and crumble over the topping. Roast in the oven for about 10 minutes at about 200*C.
I served it with some fancy ice cream that someone had left in our freezer, and garnished it with fresh mint from the garden. It was adorable (and it tasted really good as well).
Why did I want to make a simple dessert with seasonal fruit as the star on a casual midweek evening? Something simple and impressive? Practice! I'm taking Heartbreak Pie to daytime television next week - I'll be cooking on the Good Morning show on Tuesday 15 February (TV One at 9am if you're in New Zealand!). If there's time, I'll probably be making this with peaches, as well as some other tasty delights. I'll be wearing a sassy dress from Emma boutique and I'm even treating myself to a (much needed post-travelling) haircut before then. Stay tuned!