Baked Fruit Recipe
Grilled or baked fruits add a new taste dimension to fruits in season and make a strikingly delicious dessert. The simplicity of this dessert is alluring. Choose your fruits according to the season. Buy some quinces, apples, pears, pumpkin in the winter, and peaches, nectarines, apricots, or fresh figs in the summer. Use firm textured fruits that aren’t over ripe and remember that cooking time varies with each fruit.Quince,apples, and pears need a longer time in the oven than other fruits like pumpkin,figs and so on. In this recipe the quantities are up to you, but plan to serve 4-5 pieces of fruit on each plate. This isn’t a recipe so much as a few suggestions.
- Fruits of your choice
- Preheat oven to 475 °F / 250 °C
- Wash, halve, pit or core fruit as necessary but do not peel.lt you are grilling fresh figs cut an x on the stem and go only half way into the fruit.
- Place fruit, cut side up, in an oven proof dish. Sprinkle sparingly or generously with some fruit liqueur and with sugar—granulated or brown according to your choice.
- Grill fruit in the oven until edges brown and sugar caramelizes. Remember that winter fruits need more time to bake than summer fruits. To shorten the cooking time for these fruits, cut them into 4 cm/1 1 /2 in thick slices and bake as explained above.
- Here is a great idea for creating grill marks on the pieces of fruit baked in the oven: Dust baked fruit with a small amount of confectioner’s sugar.
- Heat a skewer on open flame until very hot and place on flesh of fruit to create criss-cross design. Reheat skewer each time you want to repeat the design. Wipe clean before reheating.
- Another option with summer fruits is using a griddle pan on the stove top. Heat pan until very hot and grill fruit cut side down long enough to soften, about 5 minutes or longer.
- By this time sugar in fruit will start to caramelize and brown griddle lines appear on fruit flesh. Serve with whipped cream flavored with drops of liqueur or vanilla ice cream.
- Pass your favorite kind of cookies around.