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Roasted peach with walnuts

A fantastic recipe to remind you of summer... and a tribute to James and the Giant Peach for Roald Dahl Day.

Mark Stower, Director of Food and Service.

Preparation Time: 20 mins

Cooking Time: 40 mins

Serves: 6


  • Step 1

    Brush each peach with melted butter and sprinkle with demerara sugar. Place into a greased roasting pan and roast at 180°C for 25 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Chop the cranberries and mix in with the Greek yoghurt.

  • Step 3

    Take the peaches out of the oven; the skins should be crispy and cracked. Leave to cool slightly, then peel off the skin with a knife.

  • Step 4

    Strain the juices from the roasting pan and mix with the chopped walnuts. Place into a pan and reduce to a sticky syrup.

  • Step 5

    Reheat the peaches in the oven and place into the centre of a dessert bowl. Pour the warm walnut syrup over the peaches.

  • Step 6

    Serve the cranberry Greek yoghurt separately.


Mark’s delicious recipe this month makes it really easy to eat fruit.

Each portion counts as just over 1 portion of fruit, because the dried cranberries count too. A handful, or about a heaped tablespoon of dried fruit weighs around 30g and that counts as one of your five a day.

Cranberries are cousins of the blueberry and, like blueberries, they are rich in beneficial ‘phytonutrients’ – the natural constituents that seem to be responsible for the disease-protective effects of fruit and vegetables.

Dried cranberries are now widely available and make great toppings for yogurt or cereal, but because they are naturally quite tart and acidic they tend to have sugar added to them.

Despite a bit of adverse publicity lately, don’t give up on trying to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables daily. A new study suggested that eating fruit and vegetables may not be so effective at helping to prevent cancer as we thought previously, but there is good evidence that eating more of these foods will help protect against other illnesses such as heart disease.