Orange & Peach Filo Parcels


3 oranges

3 peaches or nectarines

2 tbsp maple syrup

50ml/2fl oz/1/4 cup water

1 tbsp light olive oil

12 sheets filo pastry, each cut into 18cm/7in squares

icing sugar, to dust

6 x 9cm/31/2in diameter ramekin dishes


These gorgeous Beelicious parcels are like golden presents wrapped in brown paper. It’s only when you open them up and taste the insides that you appreciate the flavour and aroma of the cooked fruit and sweet maple syrup.

Makes 6 parcels

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 ̊C/400 ̊F/Gas mark 6.

  2. Using a small knife, remove the peel and pith from the oranges and cut in between each segment.

  3. Wash and slice up the peaches or nectarines into similar sized pieces as the orange segments.

  4. Put the fruit, maple syrup and water into a large pan and simmer over a medium heat for 3 minutes. Take off the heat and strain over a jug (pitcher), saving the juices for later. Lightly oil the ramekins.

  5. Brush one of the filo squares with a little oil, then lay another square on top and brush again. Turn over so that the greased side is facing down, then gently push the double filo square into a ramekin.

  6. Repeat with the remaining pastry to line the remaining ramekins.

  7. Divide the fruit among the ramekins. Gather up the filo edges and twist together lightly to seal. Transfer ramekins to a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 25–30 minutes, or until crisp and golden.

  8. While your parcels are cooking, pour the juices into a small saucepan and simmer until reduced by half.

  9. When the parcels are cooked, remove from the ramekins and put onto plates. Dust with icing sugar and serve with the reduced juice poured over. Yummy!