A couple of weeks ago I saw a recipe for Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream. You should really check it out if you haven’t already. It really got me thinking about how much more flavour fruit can have when it comes out of the oven and given all the wonderful fresh, in season fruit I couldn’t resist cutting it up and roasting it.
There are so many great things you can do with roasted fruit. Well in my mind most of them revolve around Ice Cream and dessert but I’m sure if I wasn’t so single minded there’d be so many more. However, my love of the blender made me wonder if adding to a smoothie would still allow the flavour to shine through.
I decided to kill two birds with one stone. Don’t worry, no birds or animals were hurt in this exercise. Which fruit to choose became the real question but I let the produce section lead me to picking peaches and strawberries.
I’m not a really big peach fan normally although I’ve always really enjoyed homemade peach jam served on vanilla ice cream. The thought of warm roasted peaches and berries served on ice cream had me quickly prepping the fruit for the oven but also making sure that I’d have some “leftovers” to try in a smoothie. I quartered four peaches and halved the strawberries and placed the peaches with just a tsp of sugar (first) in the oven at 375 F for approx 15 minutes before adding ½ quart of strawberries and another tsp of sugar and continued roasting for another 25-30 minutes. Opening the oven door released such a nice aroma that i was pretty quick in getting a bowl of ice cream and topping it with strawberries and peaches.
I saved the remaining roasted fruit and added it to my next smoothie with some milk and yogurt. The peaches and strawberries provided a nice flavour profile and this roasted peach strawberry smoothie was creamy and delicious. A little more effort to make than your traditional smoothie but definitely worth trying when you have leftover roasted fruit – everyone likes a good 2 for 1 and you will feel extra good when you don’t waste any of this yummy fruit.