Baked Nectarines with Mascarpone

A sumptuous summer pud

  • 1 tbsp pistachios
  • 100g cantuccini biscuits
  • 1.5 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 orange
  • 200g mascarpone
  • 4 nectarines
  • 1 tbsp pistachios, chopped
  • For the syrup:

  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 100g sugar
  • Heat oven to 190°C/Fan 170°C/Gas 5.
  • Put 100ml water in a saucepan with the syrup ingredients, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2-3 mins, then set aside.
  • Put the nectarines in a baking dish, cut side up. Strain the syrup, pour it over the nectarines and bake for 15 mins, or until the fruit is soft.
  • Meanwhile, mix the Mascarpone, orange zest and honey in a bowl until smooth.
  • Serve the nectarines drizzled with syrup from the baking dish, and topped with a dollop of mascarpone, with the cantuccini biscuits and pistachios scattered over
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