How have you been? My February has started the same way my year did. I have been busy balancing between new projects at work and writing food posts for Lily. (It's only in Finnish but I'd love it if you stopped by to see my new column there!) I have sat in the train between two cities for work and went to the cottage with B last weekend.
Cooking after work has been very simple: a few quick curries, spaghetti and garlic tomato sauce (and maybe some take-away Chinese too). On a busy night, having an easy dessert recipe up your sleeve makes all the difference. This one is a real weeknight treat.
Ingredients (serves 4-6)
- 6-10 stone fruit; plums, nectarines, peaches
- 1 vanilla bean
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- juice of 1 orange
- vanilla ice cream for serving
Halve and stone the fruit. You can cut the biggest halves into a few rough slices. Put the fruit into an oven dish. Slice vanilla bean in half lenghtwise and scrape off the seeds. Mix the seeds with melted butter, and add in sugar and orange juice. Pour the mixture on top of the fruit and toss to coat.
(Put the remaining vanilla bean into a jar of sugar - it will turn into fragrant vanilla sugar in a few days.)
Bake at 400 F (200 C) for 10-15 minutes until the fruit looks soft and juicy. Layer baked fruit and vanilla ice cream in small glasses and serve.