A genius way to use your fruit when it's going bad

My husband and I spend a lot of summer weekends away from home, so I was thrilled when he had a local commitment that would keep us in Philly. His job was to work. Mine was to not to spend my week’s salary at the farmer’s market. Mission accomplished. I left with only two impulse purchases: organic chicken sausage and a pint of plums.

I ate a plum on the spot, and honestly, it wasn’t the juicy, bright explosion I was hoping for. Fast forward six weeks (eek!) and I discover in the back of my fridge nearly a pint of the saddest, mushiest, most lifeless plums I have ever seen.


I’m a girl who loves a sale, reuses ziplock bags, and is still reeling over the ten dollars that slipped from her pocket last night. I wasn’t about to let those farmers market plums go to waste!

My first thought was to bake with them. But honestly, I couldn’t even get it together to eat the plums. A big baking project wasn’t happening. Instead, with 2 ingredients, one knife, one baking tray, and an oven set on 400 I said goodbye to the saddest plums. Fifteen minutes later I welcomed a gorgeous mess of roasted fruit that upped my breakfast game to gourmet-level deliciousness for the next week.

How to eat roasted fruit:

  • With yogurt

  • Or vanilla ice cream

  • Or oatmeal

  • Serve under an oatmeal crumble topping

  • Or plain with a touch of lemon for dessert


The simplest recipe for any fruit roasted


  • Any combination and amount of roastable fruit: berries, stone fruit (plums, peaches, cherries, etc), apples, pears, figs, grapes

  • Sugar

  • Butter/oil optional

  • Cinnamon optional


A few options:

  • Roast whole

  • Cut in half

  • Cut into equal-sized pieces

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees

  • Place fruit on a parchment-lined baking tray cut side up

  • Sprinkle cut side of fruit with just a touch of sugar; cinnamon optional for flavor, butter/oil optional for a richer and juicier final product (you’ll also just need a touch)

  • Roast 12-30 minutes depending on fruit size