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4 1 2019

Summer is the season for ripe and juicy nectarines, plums, peaches and apricots. Here’s seven ways to make the most of these delicious fruits.

On the barbie

Barbecue slices of peaches then toss together with rocket, goat’s cheese and torn pieces of Pams Finest Prosciutto. Equally delicious tucked into a summer roll.

Pan fried

Combine peach chunks, brown sugar and softened butter together in a bowl. Pan fry or pop on the barbie hotplate till lightly caramelised. Set aside to cool and serve with scoops of Pams Finest Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Roasted deliciousness

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lay the plums or apricots in a single layer, cut-side up, in a shallow oven-proof dish. In a small bowl combine orange juice, brown sugar and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. You can also use half juice and half wine (red for plums, white for apricots). Pour the liquid over the plums. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the fruit is soft and oozing, and the syrup has thickened a little. Serve in small bowls with Greek yogurt and Pams Butter Shortbread.

Get a bit French

Add your roasted fruit to a steaming stack of French toast and top with a drizzle of maple syrup.

Forbidden delights

Take your summer salads to the next level by combining cooked black rice, sliced peaches or nectarines with cucumber, capsicum, red onion and torn fresh mint, parsley or coriander – all tossed through with a zesty lime or lemon-based vinaigrette. 

Wow your friends

Dice peaches or nectarines and cook them in a saucepan to form a chunky sauce. Add a spoonful of sugar if the fruit is too tart. Once cool, chill the fruit in the fridge. Whip fresh cream until stiff. Break several meringues into chunks and combine with the cream. Layer the cream mix with the chilled fruit sauce and top with torn fresh mint leaves or a sprinkling of chopped pistachios. This delectable dish is a version of Eton Mess.

While away the day

Sangria is a yummy fruity punch made with wine, brandy, juice and chopped fruit. You can mix it many ways – including non-alcoholic versions – but it’s best on a lazy summer’s day mixed in a large pitcher loaded with plenty of fresh mint and ice. Use Pams Iced Tea as a base and add chunks of nectarine and plum for colour and fruity tang.