It’s nice to serve up a special dessert for Passover. Cakes are more difficult to prepare as you are not able to use normal flours, and anyway I think most people would prefer something a little lighter. This fruit compote can be served warm or cold. What makes it so delicious is the flavour of the rose water, and the pomegranate adds a crunchy texture that compliments the berry fruits perfectly. You can buy bottles of rose water in the supermarket and for those of you who are short on time, I have even seen packets of prepared pomegranate seeds in Marks and Spencer.
There is a lot of buzz lately about this exotic fruit. Pomegranate juice contains the highest antioxidant capacity compared to other juices, red wine and
Antioxidants can protect us against viruses, bacteria, pollution, heart disease and cancer. Scientists in Israel have shown that drinking a daily glass of the fruit’s juice can reduce the risk of heart disease. research also suggests that pomegranate juice might help reduce the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer.
Pomegranates feature richly in mythology as a symbol of birth owing to its abundance of seeds, and ancient egyptians were often buried with pomegranates in the hope of rebirth.
Makes 8 portions
2 large ripe peaches or pears
4 large ripe red plums
4 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp rose water
150 g raspberries
100 g redcurrants
150 g blackberries
2 pomegranates, cut in half and de-seeded
Annabel Karmel is a bestselling author of 16 books on feeding babies, children and families, including Favourite Family Recipes published by Ebury. For more information, visit www.annabelkarmel.com