Grilled peaches, apricots and figs with scented yoghurt

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4 peaches and/or nectarines, each pitted and cut into 6 wedges (500g net)
6 apricots, halved and pitted (200g net)
1 tbsp olive oil
3 large ripe figs, torn into 2 or 3 pieces (180g net)
2 tsp aniseeds or fennel seeds, toasted and finely crushed
10g small basil leaves

Scented yoghurt:
150g full fat yoghurt
1½ tbsp thyme flower honey or another floral honey
1 tbsp lemon geranium water or orange blossom water
1½ tsp lemon juice (optional)

For this salad choose a selection of seasonal stone fruit. Grill the fruit that are relatively hard but leave the soft and juicy ones as they are. Serves four.


Put a large ridged griddle pan on high heat and leave until it is very hot. In a bowl mix the peaches, nectarines and apricots that you are grilling with the oil. Place them on the griddle pan and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until they are charred and slightly softened. Remove and set aside to cool.
Mix the yoghurt with the honey and orange blossom water. Stir in the lemon juice, if using, and refrigerate until needed.
Before serving, arrange the peaches and apricots on a large platter and dot the torn figs on top. Spoon the yoghurt sauce over the fruit, leaving parts of the fruit exposed. Sprinkle over the ground seeds and finally scatter with the fresh basil leaves. Serve at once.

Perfect with

  1. Aniseed

    A hugely versatile spice, this is the secret ingredient behind so many of our sweet and savoury dishes


  2. Orange blossom water 100%

    Made from only orange blossom flowers in traditional stills

    Orange blossom water 100%


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  • Shop We had this with Turkey!
    (14/01/2015) Stunning dish and worked so well with turkey! Very easy to make and I guess you could use low fat yogurt.

    friend introduced me to Ottolenghi and to this dish. It was her idea to put it with turkey.

    I will be making it again this weekend and might try it with a different meat!

  • Shop Delicious
    (21/07/2014) Barbecued the fruit instead of grilling and it worked really well. The fennel is key, it adds an unexpected savoury flavour which counteracts the sweetness nicely.
  • Shop I didn't have all the ingredients but give it a go, it was delicious
    (30/05/2014) I had some peaches and figs and wanted to make a lovely pudding for friends. I found this recipe and did what I could without the apricots or aniseed. It was great, i love the use of orange blossom water (which I had in the larder but hadn't found a use for) and my friends loved it.