Grilled fruit brochettes

    27 min

    Cooking fruit on skewers, just long enough to heat the fruit through and slightly caramelise its sugars, is an easy and fun way of enjoying fresh fruit. If you are having a barbecue, cook the fruit brochettes over the charcoal fire – but take care not to char the fruit or leave it too long in the smoke.

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    Serves: 8 

    • ½ medium-sized ripe pineapple
    • 2 just ripe, firm bananas
    • 2 ripe but firm pears
    • 4 ripe but firm fresh figs
    • 2 ripe but firm peaches
    • juice of 1 lemon
    • 4 tsp sugar
    • cape gooseberries to decorate
    • Raspberry-orange coulis
    • 225 g (8 oz) raspberries
    • grated zest and juice of ½ orange
    • 1½ tbsp sugar, or to taste

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:7min  ›  Ready in:27min 

    1. Soak 8 bamboo skewers in cold water for 20 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, make the coulis. Purée the raspberries with the orange zest and juice and the sugar in a blender or food processor. If you like, sieve the purée to remove the raspberry pips. Set aside.
    3. Preheat the grill. Prepare the pineapple, bananas, pears, figs and peaches, peeling as necessary and cutting into attractive bite-sized pieces. Thread the fruit onto the soaked skewers, alternating them to make a colourful arrangement.
    4. Sprinkle the kebabs with half of the lemon juice and sugar. Grill them for 3–4 minutes or until lightly tinged with brown, then turn over, sprinkle with the remaining lemon juice and sugar and grill for a further 3 minutes or until the second side is lightly browned and caramelised a little.
    5. While the kebabs are being grilled, pull back the papery skins on the cape gooseberries to form a star-like flower round the fruit.
    6. Place a fruit kebab on each plate, drizzle round the coulis, decorate with cape gooseberries and serve hot.

    Some more ideas

    Use nectarines instead of peaches. * Use apples when peaches are not in season. * Serve the fruit kebabs raw, with the fresh fruit skewers resting in a pool of the coulis.

    Plus points

    This delicious recipe provides useful amounts of important antioxidant vitamins – plenty of vitamin C from the raspberries and the orange and lemon juices, and vitamin A converted from the beta-carotene in the peaches. As the fruit is heated for only a very short time, most of the vitamin C is retained. * There is plenty of dietary fibre – both soluble and insoluble – in this array of fruit, and this is essential to keep the digestive tract healthy. Insoluble fibre provides bulk and prevents constipation. The soluble fibre found in fruit can be fermented by bacteria in the gut, producing substances that help to protect against bowel cancer.

    Each serving provides

    Excellent source of copper. Good source of vitamin B1, vitamin C. Useful source of folate, niacin, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin E.

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