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Breast of Organic Duck with Spiced Maple Plums

There's something very old fashioned about a duck – in a good way, of course – and Coombe Farm Organic's duck breast celebrates that fact. The unique combination of so-sweet fat, rich meat and crispy skin make duck breast a real joy to eat combined with the sweet-sharpness of the spiced maple sauce and plums that perfectly balance with the meat to deliver a dish that feels indulgent and puts the 'special' into 'special occasion'. 

Breast of Organic Duck with Spiced Maple Plums

There's something very old fashioned about a duck – in a good way, of course – and Coombe Farm Organic's duck breast celebrates that fact. The unique combination of so-sweet fat, rich meat and crispy skin make duck breast a real joy to eat combined with the sweet-sharpness of the spiced maple sauce and plums that perfectly balance with the meat to deliver a dish that feels indulgent and puts the 'special' into 'special occasion'. 

  • Serves: 4
  • Prepare: 20 Minutes
  • Cook: 45 Minutes
  • Difficulty: medium

WHO ARE COOMBE FARM ORGANIC?​

We are an organic farm in Somerset producing award-winning pork, beef, lamb and chicken. Farming organically means that we never use chemicals on our fields and rely instead on natural methods that are kinder to nature. Organic farms are home to 30% more species of wildlife and 50% more pollinators as a result.

WHAT IS ORGANIC DUCK?

By working with a poultry specialist who has decades of experience running a Soil Association-certified farm, we know that our duck has been reared in a natural, high-welfare system. These traditional birds produce meat that is unforgettable from first taste – juicy, rich and with just the right amount of sweet fat.

Ingredients

  • 4 organic duck breasts 
  • 20g grated root ginger
  • 1/2 tsp organic dried chilli
  • 1 tsp organic coriander
  • 2 star anise
  • 120ml maple syrup
  • 90ml organic red wine
  • 6 halved and stoned plums
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C fan, 200°C or gas mark 6
  2. To a large baking tray, add the grated ginger, chilli flakes, coriander, star anise, maple syrup, red wine and plums, season well with salt and fresh ground black pepper and roast for 10 minutes
  3. Turn over the plums and cook for a further 5 minutes, check to see if the plums still hold their shape, if left for too long they will collapse
  4. Once the plums have cooked transfer the juices to a pan, leaving the plums in the baking tray to one side
  5. Score the skin of the organic duck breasts and place skin side down in a large non-stick ovenproof frying pan over a low heat on the hob, cook for 15 minutes, draining off the fat halfway through (remember to keep this for making mega roast potatoes another day). Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 15 minutes more until the Duck is cooked
  6. Bring the pan of Plum sauce to the boil and reduce down by half until it turns into a syrup, pour over the plum halves and keep warm
  7. Rest the Duck Breasts for 5 minutes wrapped in foil, allowing the meat juices to be reabsorbed
  8. On a plate slice the organic duck breasts and serve with the plums, teamed with steamed spinach and a buttery mash potato
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WHO ARE COOMBE FARM ORGANIC?​

We are an organic farm in Somerset producing award-winning pork, beef, lamb and chicken. Farming organically means that we never use chemicals on our fields and rely instead on natural methods that are kinder to nature. Organic farms are home to 30% more species of wildlife and 50% more pollinators as a result.

WHAT IS ORGANIC DUCK?

By working with a poultry specialist who has decades of experience running a Soil Association-certified farm, we know that our duck has been reared in a natural, high-welfare system. These traditional birds produce meat that is unforgettable from first taste – juicy, rich and with just the right amount of sweet fat.

Frequently asked questions

  • Duck is a healthy type of meat filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Its’ skin is very fatty but can removed, leaving a cut of meat that is comparable in fat and calories to a skinless chicken or turkey breast.

  • Duck meat is tender, juicy, a little meaty, with a high level of fat. Duck meat has a meatier taste than chicken with a unique sweet and savoury flavour also. In comparison to turkey and chicken, duck does not have a lot of meat, yet retains a high level of nutrient. With its thick skin, this meat becomes quite crispy when cooked. It is the perfect bird meat for roasting because of its texture.

  • For any meat or poultry to be labelled organic is must have been reared in accordance with set and governed organic welfare standards. High standards of animal husbandry and welfare are critical to us at Coombe Farm Organic. We believe that animals should live their lives in an environment that offers them the opportunity to follow their natural instincts. For our ducks, that means growing in a free-range, sustainable system with access to water for swimming and grass for grazing. An active lifestyle and natural diet ensure our ducks are healthy, with strong immune systems. And that translates directly into high-welfare meat that tastes delicious.