Fresh Fruit for the Office with Fruitdrop, The Quince Tree
Baked Orchard Fruits with Vanilla and Honey
Fruit, one of my favourite snacks as well as a favourite baking and cooking ingredient…….I love ALL types of fruit – apples, pears, quince, oranges, tangerines, plums, peaches, nectarines, mangoes, bananas, kiwi fruit, grapes etc…….so, when I was approached by Fruitdrop a few weeks ago to ask if I would like to receive and review one of their “Fruitdrop office fruit delivery” boxes, as well as create a couple of recipes with the left-over fruit, I was delighted to accept the fruitful challenge! Fruitdrop deliver boxes of your “five-a-day” all over the UK, as well as offering a handy fruit delivery in London service, which, must be a boon to all those who are office bound from Monday to Friday. My fruitdrop box duly arrived and I was, to put it bluntly, gobsmacked! The box was filled to brim and almost overflowing with the most amazing fruit……..apples, pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, bananas, grapes, a lovely ripe mango, limes, tangerines and oranges. There was enough fruit in the box for a fairly large office for a week, say for about five to six people. The fruit was delivered in a recyclable box and all of the fruit was in tip-top condition and was obviously very fresh.
I was delighted with the variety and quality, as well as the fact that the apples, pears and plums were British too. Although there would be no problem (with me) with eating all of the fruit fresh that arrived, on a daily basis and with help, I was left with lots of fruit by the end of the week, hence the excellent idea create a recipe or two. I have managed to create TWO lovely new recipes with some of the apples and pears that were left over, and I am sharing my first recipe here today, a delightful autumn dessert, Baked Orchard Fruits with Vanilla and Honey; the honey (Manuka honey with lemon) I used was also a left-over ingredient from my hamper of New Zealand honey that I received a month ago, you may remember I made some Porridge Pancakes with my honey for Better Breakfast Week…….so, a VERY thrifty (as well as healthy) recipe, especially as the fruit was “bulked out” with some quince, from the quince tree in my garden.
This baked “compote” is easy to cook, plus I used the residual heat from a roast dinner to bake my fruit……so, also saving on energy too. Once it is cooked, it can be served hot with cream or custard, or it can be popped in the fridge for another day, for a pie or crumble, or, for a quick family pudding, as I did the other evening when I served it with a slice of stale cake – I popped it all into a bowl and then into the microwave for one minute, and eh voila! An instant pudding, served with cream (but custard would have been great too) and it went down a treat.
There is one tip I want to share with you when making this recipe, make sure that the quinces are sliced thinly, as they normally take longer to bake than apples and pears, and plums, so by cutting them into thin slices, all the fruit bakes beautifully together, as you can see by my photo. I used the apples and pears from my Fruitdrop box, as well as a few plums, and then added some more plums as well as the quince of course……..I would have used my limes, but, they were gone in two days, as I used them to make some Guacamole for a Mexican meal I prepared! I hope you enjoy my first fruity recipe – I will be sharing my second recipe later this week.….that’s all for now, I am off out to dinner tonight, so I am not cooking later - which makes a change! See you later, Karen
Disclaimer: I was sent a box of fruit for review and was asked to create some recipes with the fruit that was left over; all opinions are my own and I was not influenced in any way by Fruitdrop. Karen S Burns-Booth
The benefits of fruit at work:
- We spend up to 60% of our waking hours at work so need to eat 3 of our 5 A DAY at work. Healthy eating in the workplace can also help employees be happier at work.
- Eating more fruit and veg is the second most important cancer prevention strategy after giving up smoking.
- For each portion of fruit eaten there is up to a 40% greater level of protection against having a stroke.
- Having fruit at work means we are more likely to reach for a banana than something unhealthy and fattening from the vending machine.