Serving fresh fruit threaded on skewers is an attractive alternative to making a fruit salad and is a great way of pairing complementary fruit. It will entice children to eat more fruit, too. Here an exotic nut cream flavoured with rosewater transforms the simple combination of ripe apricots and cherries.
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*To serve the fruit brochettes hot, soak the skewers in warm water for 10 minutes before threading on the fruit. Place in a foil-lined grill pan and sprinkle with 1 tsp icing sugar. Cook under a preheated hot grill for about 3 minutes, then turn and sprinkle with another 1 tsp icing sugar. Grill for a further 2–3 minutes or until hot and lightly browned in places.
*Try other fruit pairings on the skewers, for example wedges of kiwi fruit with chunks of banana, chunks of Galia or Ogen melon with whole strawberries, or chunks of pineapple with halved ready-to-eat prunes.
*Serve the brochettes with orange and honey yogurt instead of the cashew cream. Mix 1 tsp orange-flower water and 2 tsp clear honey with 300 g (10½ oz) plain low-fat yogurt.
*Cherries were almost certainly grown in the orchards of Mesopotamia, but their cultivation in Europe is much more recent. They are a particularly good source of potassium. Eaten on a daily basis, they appear to help lower levels of uric acid and thus may reduce any risk of developing gout.
*A nut cream is a healthy alternative to dairy cream as a topping for desserts, because although nuts have a high fat content, the majority is the ‘healthier’ monounsaturated type.
*Apple juice provides good amounts of potassium, which, with sodium, is important for maintaining fluid balance, regulating blood pressure and keeping a healthy heart. Apple juice is also a good natural sweetener.