Plums are at their peak of ripeness in late summer through September, and are delicious raw or cooked. I love grilling them; it releases their natural juices, and the caramelization intensifies the flavour. If you can’t find mascarpone cheese at your local grocery store, ricotta can be used as a substitute; it’s not as creamy, but it has a similar flavour and’bonus’it’s lower in fat.
Preheat barbecue to medium-high. Brush a little vegetable or olive oil onto grill. Dip plums in warmed honey and place on grill flesh-side down. Cook for five minutes, turn and cook on skin side for four minutes more.
In a small bowl, mix together mascarpone cheese, maple syrup, vanilla and orange zest. Serve three halves of grilled plum per plate, each with a dollop of mascarpone topping. Garnish with mint.
Per serving: 146 calories, 1 g protein, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 20 g carbohydrates, 2 g fibre, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 mg sodium