• These warm chocolate brownies with roasted plum sorbet are perfect for the chef who only wants to do half the work (no judgement). Using ready-made brownies takes some of the pressure off, and all you have to do is prep the deliciously sweet, fresh plum sorbet.

    Recipes and styling by Illanique van Aswegen 

    Photograph by Adel Ferreira 

    Warm chocolate brownies with roasted plum sorbet

    Serves: 15
    Cooking Time: 1 hr + 6hrs/overnight, to freeze


    • 800g plums
    • 250ml (1 cup) water
    • 200g sugar
    • 45ml (3 tbsp) lemon juice
    • warmed ready-made chocolate brownies
    • fresh mint



    For the sorbet, slice plums into quarters and roast in a preheated 200°C oven, 30 minutes. Once the plums have been removed, reduce the oven temperature to 180°C. For the sorbet, combine and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Blitz with the roasted plums and lemon juice in a food processor until smooth. Churn in an ice cream maker, at least 20 minutes, then transfer to a freezer-proof container and freeze to firm up, 6 hours or overnight. If an ice cream maker is not available, place the sorbet in a freezer-proof bowl and freeze. Just before frozen (it will be thick, but almost liquid, and may have separated slightly), beat with electric beaters until smooth and fluffy. Return to the freezer until completely frozen. Serve scoops of the sorbet with warmed ready-made chocolate brownies and garnish with fresh mint, if desired.