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Baked & Fruity! Baked Fruit for Dessert

Posted by Didi Gorman on

One of my favorite desserts is baked fruit.

It’s wintery and comforting, which is really spot on for this season, and it’s also very sweet WITHOUT adding any sugar. You know why?

Because baking concentrates flavors by evaporating the moisture out of the fruit.

Science aside, the baked fruit retains an exquisite living fruitiness – a lovely reminder these were fresh fruits just a short while ago.

Let’s get a few apples, pears, and bananas and dive right in! Here we go.

Sweetened by: fruit only

Special equipment: baking pan

Preps: 20 minutes (baking: 25-30 minutes)
Serves: 4-5

You will need:
2 apples, cored and cut into chunks
3 ripe pears, cored and cut into chunks
2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced into rings
¾ cup unsweetened brown raisins, soaked
1 ½ cups raw, unsalted shelled walnut halves
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
3 tbsp. ghee or butter (+ 1 tbsp. ghee or butter for greasing)
Optional: 1 very ripe plantain, peeled and diced small 
Optional for serving: whipped cream or plain yogurt

How to make it:
1. Set oven to 200 C / 400 F.
2. Grease baking pan with 1 tbsp. ghee/butter, then place apples and pears (and plantain) in the baking pan.
3. Sprinkle walnuts and raisins on top of the fruit.
4. Melt 3 tbsp. ghee/butter in a saucepan. Remove from heat, add cinnamon, and stir.
5. Lay banana rings on top of the fruit, then sprinkle melted ghee/butter and cinnamon evenly.
6. Bake for about 30 minutes or until pears and apples are tender.

Serve hot or cold, with whipped cream or plain yogurt.

Other fruits suitable for baking: peaches, nectarines, apricots, and even oranges and clementines!

Go enjoy your splendid fruity dessert, and I will take this opportunity to wish you Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend,

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I have written over 30 easy fruit recipes to make from scratch at home!
All the recipes are in my book Fresh Fruit Anyone? Easy Homemade Fruit Treats from Scratch, where you will find fruit-based snacks and desserts, mango porcupines, unique lemonades and smoothies, berry slushies, banana ice creams, orange-strawberry popsicles, peach jelloes, apple compotes, pear and berry jams, awesome no-bowl fruit salads, and much more!
I invite you to explore, enjoy, dig in, and be inspired by this fruitilicious feast!