Poached stone fruits with jasmine and chrysanthemum flowers

{Weekend Herb Blogging – I came in search of flowers}

 Poached stone fruits with jasmine flowers and chrysanthemum

I have never admitted this openly – but hey, I am quite a K(orean)-drama fan. While addiction might be a strong word, I do follow news about Korean stars and dramas quite religiously, several times a day. Eh, a girl always needs some kinds of distraction right?

Though I have never watched the witty and critically acclaimed 2007 K-drama “I came in search of flowers” (also known as Flowers for my life), the name and some its photos stayed with me to this day. There is something utterly romantic and poetic about that title.

I was thinking of that phrase, together with this lovely photo from Piero Hanoi while preparing this dessert. This kind of flowers can be found in the northern Vietnam countryside. As a child, I used to think they were “too ordinary”, but no, they are so pretty.The photo makes me long for my upcoming trip to Vietnam. Cannot wait!

Photo by Piero Hanoi

I truly love Piero Hanoi´s photography, and his very Hanoians´ warm-cold personality (when we met in person). It is no accident that he was my wedding photographer, you see.

Whimsical moments. Flowers and stoned fruits. Hot summer days. This poached fruit dish has my palate refresher. So good, with or without cream/yoghurt. This is how I haven´t cared much about the long absence of chocolate.

I´m sending the dish to Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted by Huan from Eat.Read.Live. More information about this weekly event can be found here.

Poached stone fruits with jasmine flowers and chrysanthemum
Poached stone fruits with jasmine flowers and chrysanthemum

Choose and mix your favorite fruits of similar size and firmness.

500g mixed stoned fruits of similar size and firmness – choose from apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines etc.
300ml of sugar syrup (i.e. equal amount of sugar and syrup)
10g dried jasmine flowers
10g dried chrysanthemum
Heat up the sugar syrup, place the dried flowers in a bag, tied up and put in the syrup mixture. Simmer for about 5-10 mins, and take off the heat. Leave to steep for about 10 mins.
Meanwhile, wash and cut the fruits in half.
Bring the mixture to the boil again, put the fruits in. Bring the heat to low, so the mixture barely simmers. Cook until the fruits are just soft.
Remove the fruits and let cool. Continue to boil the syrup until it has light syrup consistency.
Serve chilled with some cream, yoghurt and honey with floral notes.


36 Responses to Poached stone fruits with jasmine and chrysanthemum flowers

  1. Cherrie Pie says:

    Beautiful pics. What an interesting combination :)

  2. Hannah says:

    Oh, Anh, this is so beautiful! I've never cooked with flowers, dried or fresh, but this looks so wonderfully summery that I'm beginning to regret that!

  3. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    Beautiful! I love the scent of jasmine and chrysanthemum and can imagine how lovely they would be with stone fruits.

  4. Susan says:

    Gorgeous shots, Anh. I have dried chrysanthemum tea which I find to have a very calming effect, like chamomile. Once my mad rush of holiday baking is over, I'm going to need a cup. ; )

  5. Michelle Chin says:

    Did you get the dried jasmine flowers from some tea shop?

  6. La Table De Nana says:

    Anh..I love your photos..they are always a treat to me..

  7. Faith says:

    I love the sweet aromatic scent of jasmine and I bet it makes such a lovely addition to this dish! Gorgeous photography by both you and Piero!

  8. Ju (The Little Teochew) says:

    Oh Anh, beautiful! And with jasmine & chrysanthemum? Just heaven.

  9. Little Corner of Mine says:

    Lovely dessert! I am quite a K-drama fan myself. Hehehehe…. 😛

  10. Anh says:

    Michelle, you can get dried jasmine flowers from Asian stores! :)

  11. OohLookBel says:

    I just adore the Asian biblical jasmine, it's so fragrant. What a great idea to use it with the apricots in this beautiful dessert.

  12. Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! says:

    Only time I've ever seen dried chryssie flowes is in a pot of water brewing away for tea. This is definately an interesting use and sounds like such a lovely dessert for summer fruits =)

  13. Vanille says:

    Anh this look utterly delicious ! As you know I really like stone fruits 😉 I'll look for those lovely flower scents next time in the Asian store…

  14. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    Many of my friends and even my Chinese mom are fans, but I haven't had the probably introduction yet. I'm sure I'd get sucked right in :). Your poached fruit looks delightful.

  15. TasteHongKong says:

    The dried flowers must have added a different yet flavorful dimension to the fruit. An adorable dessert!

  16. Ana Powell says:

    Oh dear, these clicks are so perfect and the colours so well balanced.

  17. Jamie says:

    This is so beautiful, whatever the inspiration! And cooking with flowers is so romantic yet I've never tried it. This is such a beautiful treat…

  18. Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy says:

    Hello Anh,

  19. Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul says:

    Interesting combination of ingredients Anh! I'm loving the stone fruits at the moment!

  20. tigerfish says:

    What? You like K-drama! I cannot imagine. LOL

  21. Monet says:

    Flowers and stone fruit…could anything look or sound more romantic. I was transported through your lovely post, my dear! Thank you for sharing this delicious and simple dessert. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  22. Johanna GGG says:

    I love catching a whiff of jasmine in the garden at this time of year – can't even begin to imagine how it would taste with stone fruit but as I love both I imagine I would love the combination – am not so familiar with the scent of chrystanthenums but am sure they would also be lovely – gorgeous photos

  23. Jo says:

    Delightful flavours and with fresh summer fruit as well.

  24. Dimah says:

    It looks absolutely stunning!

  25. john@heneedsfood says:

    Beautiful. The flavour from the dried flowers add such a wo derful aroma to the dish. I've only ever used dried crysanthemum in cooking and am now intrigued by the jasmine

  26. ChichaJo says:

    Nice refreshing dessert! Have fun in Vietnam! I can imagine all the wonderful food you will be enjoying :)

  27. shaz says:

    It's been a sweltering day and the minute I saw your photos Anh, I felt cool and refreshed. Seriously! The power of photography :) Have a great trip, can't wait to hear about it.

  28. Kris Ngoei says:

    Just adore the addition of jasmine into the mixture. Looks beautiful. Yoghurt and cream bring out the contrast of fruit and flowers. Great combination!

  29. redmenace says:

    I've neither watched nor heard of this Korean drama. However, if it inspired this lovely desert, I'm intrigued. Looks wonderful! How are you feeling these days? xo

  30. BitterSweet says:

    What a delicate and beautiful dessert- It looks like the perfect antidote to the cold, dreary weather we have here.

  31. penny aka jeroxie says:

    Very refreshing for summer! You heading to Vietnam? Lucky girl!!

  32. Soma says:

    The stone fruits are the best when poached or roasted. Such beautiful pictures. i had no idea about using dried jasmine in food! Must be having a divine aroma.

  33. Radhika @foodfor7stages says:

    It feels so summery in the freezing winter. It is the best thing about living in different part of the world.

  34. Deeba PAB says:

    Gorgeous combination Ahn…I am entirely intrigued. I love Piero Hanoi style of photography. It's beautiful. How wonderful that he was your wedding photographer. Are chrysanthemums edible? Should I be drying some then? My garden is bursting with flowers. Have jasmine growing as well. Love the idea of poaching fruit with flowers…and am green with envy that you are in 'stone fruit'

  35. Erica says:

    I love Jasmine arome….This sounds wonderful!

  36. Min {Honest Vanilla} says:

    Looks so whimsical :) Love it!

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