Stewed fruit

stewed fruit

Serves 4

  • 500 g seasonal fruit, such as rhubarb, plums, apricots, strawberries or pears

  • 2.5 cm piece fresh ginger, optional, for if using rhubarb

  • caster sugar, to taste

Chop up all the fruit, discarding any stones.



Place the fruit in a pan. If using rhubarb, peel the ginger and finely grate it into the pan. Add the sugar – I usually add 3 heaped teaspoons to rhubarb and 2 heaped teaspoons to any other fruit, but just taste as you go along and add more if you think it needs it (please be careful when tasting as it gets really hot). Add 2 tablespoons of water and cook on a medium heat with the lid on.



Once the fruit has softened, remove the lid and let the liquid reduce – you want to end up with a fairly thick consistency.



Serve over cereal, yoghurt, pancakes, granola, muesli or even with roast pork!

Nutritional Information

Stewed fruit

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A few spoonfuls of simple seasonal fruit works a treat on everything from brekkie to Sunday roast!
Serves 4
15m
Super easy
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Method

The really important thing to remember when you are stewing fruit is that it's best to decide for yourself how much sugar to add – I'll give rough amounts here to guide you but if, for example, your fruit is really ripe and sweet, you'll need less than I'm suggesting. Just have a taste as you go along and add more if you think you need to.

Chop up all the fruit, discarding any stones.

Place the fruit in a pan. If using rhubarb, peel the ginger and finely grate it into the pan. Add the sugar – I usually add 3 heaped teaspoons to rhubarb and 2 heaped teaspoons to any other fruit, but just taste as you go along and add more if you think it needs it (please be careful when tasting as it gets really hot). Add 2 tablespoons of water and cook on a medium heat with the lid on.

Once the fruit has softened, remove the lid and let the liquid reduce – you want to end up with a fairly thick consistency.

Serve over cereal, yoghurt, pancakes, granola, muesli or even with roast pork!

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 59
  • Carbs 11.4g
  • Sugar 11.3g
  • Fat 0.1g
  • Saturates 0.0g
  • Protein 1.2g
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 500 g seasonal fruit, such as rhubarb, plums, apricots, strawberries or pears

  • 2.5 cm piece fresh ginger, optional, for if using rhubarb

  • caster sugar, to taste