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Best fruity dessert recipes?

Asked by occ (4007 points ) January 28th, 2008

I’m hosting a dessert party at my house tomorrow night. Any favorite recipe suggestions that involve fruit? Preferably fruit that is not terribly out of season (I wanted to make a plum cake but good plums are hard to find in January, even in California).

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gailcalled's avatar

A quickie: green grapes coated lightly w. sour cream and sprinkled lightly w. brown sugar.

Baked apple crumble w. an oatmeal topping.

Sliced orange sections w. coconut

cwilbur's avatar

Apple pie. Or some other sort of fruit pie.

figbash's avatar

I’m also a fan of the plums, but in the absence of them, I’d go for the classic fruit tart. It’s pretty, it’s subtle, it’s delicious, and you can top it with whatever fruit is in season:

http://www.joyofbaking.com/FruitTart.html

jz1220's avatar

This one is so easy, always pleases, and works with whatever fruit you’ve got:
1. Store bought puff pastry cut into 6“x6” squares, roll up the edges a bit to form a rim.
2. Slice up / prepare whatever fruit is in season – tarter is better.
3. Lay out fruit on the squares in a single layer.
4. Sprinkle with a mixture of brown sugar and chopped up almonds or other nut.
5. Brush pastry with egg wash.
6. Broil until fruit is bubbly and pastry is brown and flakey!

aielee's avatar

This is my new fallback desert: Buy frozen poundcake, slice, spread each side of slices with soft butter, grill slices (both sides) in a non-stick pan or griddle, top with jarred lemon curd and/or any fruit that’s currently in season. A mint sprig adds nicely to the presentation as well.

No one will know how easy this was and you can keep the ingredients around to make for unexpected guests.

susanc's avatar

“Fresh Fruit Crisp or Paradise” from the good old Joy of Cooking, as follows, loosely:
cut up a bunch of fruit and throw it in a buttered something ovenproof. Sprinkle over it
a hand-blended mixture of l/2 cup flour, l/2 cup brown sugar, l/4 cup butter, and maybe
some cinnamon or allspice. If using blueberries, by all means use the cinnamon.
If cherries, use some almond extract in the topping. Sprinkle the topping on the fruit and bake at 350 for half an hour. Can be reheated. Nice with some unsweetened whipped cream.

gailcalled's avatar

I forgot Pavlova.

A meringue shell made beforehand. Filling is fresh fruit of choice and whipped cream. Once we used 1 scant c. of locally picked raspberries to feed 6 people.

susanc's avatar

Yes!! – Pavlova is delicious and glam. Hope you read Gail’s Pavlova recipe in time for the party.

Jill_E's avatar

This is probably too late. We love strawberry shortcakes. You can find the recipe in back or side of Bisquick mix. You can make mini strawberrie shortcakes.

Or fondue with fruits.

Have fun tonight!

gailcalled's avatar

@occ: how was the party? What fruit desserts did you serve?

princessvince's avatar

This Nectarine Mascarpone Tart is one of the most delicious recipes ever:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/NECTARINE-AND-MASCARPONE-TART-IN-GINGERSNAP-CRUST-106868

I’ve made it several times, and have received raves for it each time.

Lua_cara's avatar

This is a great Fruit and Angel Dessert.

1 lg. angel food cake
1 can crushed pineapple
1 container frozen topping thawed
1 can flaked coconut, toasted
1) jar maraschino cherries, drained & chopped

Break cake into bite-sized pieces (should have 8 cups) arrange half the cake pieces in bottom of a 13×9 inch baking dish. Top with half of the undrained pineapple and cherries. Spread half of the dessert topping over all and top with half of the coconut. Repeat layers ending with dessert topping and coconut. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Makes 12 servings.

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