Friday, 12 August 2016

Orange Vanilla Fruit Salad.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

The most delicious way to enjoy all the summer fruit!
Can we discuss this year's summer goodness?
Seriously, we have been so blessed this year. I've been obsessed with the strawberriesjuicy nectarines and super-cold watermelon.

Not to mention white doughnut peaches. Seriously, they are so sweet this year! 

But, there comes a time when your fridge is jam-packed with all this fruit and you need a way to get it all eaten. Guys, make this orange vanilla fruit salad. Oh my days, it is so easy. All we're going to do is make an orange vanilla syrup, chill it and then proceed to drown all our fruit in it. The syrup is sweet with the vanilla and citrusy (is that even a word?!) with all the orange - you must give this recipe a go before the summer ends!

Chilled Fruit Desserts, previously: eid berry trifle // lemon posset // strawberry and orange summer tiramisu // strawberry pavlova

A Simple List of Ingredients:

For the Orange Vanilla Syrup:
1. Water
2. Caster Sugar
3. Orange Zest
4. Vanilla Pod
5. Orange Juice

For the Fruit Salad:
1. Watermelon
2. Oranges
3. Strawberries 
4. Blueberries
5. Raspberries
6. Bananas
7. Doughnut Peaches
8. Melon
9. Apples

Bismillah, let's begin!

We'll start by making our orange vanilla syrup. Take a deep saucepan.

Measure out 125 ml Water.

And, pour it into the pan.

Next, 125 grams Caster Sugar. Granulated sugar will work well here too.

In that goes.

So far, we have the ingredients for a simple sugar syrup which is equal parts sugar and water.

To give our syrup the orange flavour, take the Zest of 1 Orange.

Add to the pan.

Next, for the vanilla flavour!

Take 1 Vanilla Pod. You can also use 1 teaspoon vanilla essence instead but will add it later on.

Scrape out the seeds of the pod and add to the pan. Throw in the pod too for extra flavour.

Finally, a little more orange.

Squeeze in the Juice of 1/2 Orange.

How easy was that? Now all we do is cook.

Place the pan over a high heat and bring to the boil.

Give it a stir to let everything combine.

Once it begins to boil ...

... turn the heat to medium-low. Let the syrup cook until the sugar has completely dissolved and it has thickened slightly. This should take about 10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and let the syrup cool completely. If using vanilla essence, stir it into the syrup once it has cooled slightly.

I like to place my syrup into an airtight container and chill completely in the fridge.

It keeps well in the fridge for a few days.

While the syrup chills, let's talk fruit. You can use any fruit you like and as much as you like. 

I used Oranges, Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries.

Plenty of Watermelon.

Doughnut Peaches




Once the orange vanilla syrup has completely chilled, you're ready to serve!

I like to slice all my fruit, drizzle on some syrup and serve! The best dessert, snack or breakfast! Omg, for breakfast, serve with vanilla yoghurt and your favourite granola.

Full Written Recipe:

Orange Vanilla Fruit Salad.

Prep Time: About 20 minutes + additional chilling time.
Cook Time: About 10-15 minutes.
Serves: About 6 people.


For the Orange Vanilla Syrup
125 ml Water
125 grams Caster Sugar
Zest of 1 Orange
1 Vanilla Pod (or 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence)
Juice of ½ Orange

For the Fruit Salad
Doughnut Peaches


First, make the orange vanilla syrup. Into a deep saucepan, place the water, caster sugar and orange zest. Scrape the seeds out of the vanilla pod and add them in. Add in the vanilla pod too for extra flavour. Finally, squeeze in the orange juice and stir.
Place the pan over a high heat and bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn the heat to medium-low and let the syrup cook until the sugar has completely dissolved and it has thickened slightly.
Remove from the heat and let it cool completely. If using vanilla essence, stir it into the syrup once it has cooled slightly.
I prefer the syrup cold in my fruit salad so will store it in the fridge in an airtight container. It will keep well for a few days.

To make the fruit salad, you can use any fruit you like. Slice up the fruit as you like, drizzle over the syrup to taste and enjoy!

{Adapted from The Pioneer Woman}

This Time One Year Ago:
really soft naan bread

This Time Two Years Ago:
lemon swiss roll

This Time Three Years Ago:
giant strawberries and cream scone

Keep me in your duas please, and enjoy your fruit salad!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa baraktuhu!

Spice Enthusiast
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