A collection of fruit dessert recipes is invaluable to any kitchen. From a slice of apple Tatin with ice cream to finish an auberge-style meal, to a berry crumble with afternoon coffee, these lighter, fruit based desserts are a classic recipe collection for every cook.
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Full of rich mascarpone cream and juicy berries, this tarte aux fruits rouges recipe, also known as red fruits tart, is a popular choice for brunches and special occasions. Layer it with any combination of raspberries, cherries, and strawberries. Black currants, blackberries, and blueberries, although not technically red, are traditionally served in this soft fruits tart, as well.
Adding a touch of lemon zest and spice really perks up this classically delicious apple tarte Tatin recipe. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or Chantilly cream to the dessert for a rich after-dinner treat.
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The fresh, sweet and sour flavor of plums make them a shoe in for cool, summer-themed desserts. This fresh plum tart recipe takes a few hours and three simple steps - pastry, custard, and fruit topping - to create an exceptionally elegant and delightful dessert. It's almost too pretty to cut into and serve.
This cherry clafouti recipe, also know as clafouti aux cerises, is the most well-known version of the traditional puffed French custard cake. In France, it is customary to serve clafouti with cherry pits intact. For ease at the table, and to ensure dental safety, make sure to pit the cherries or forewarn your guests of the tradition.
These caramelized apples are meant to be slightly sweet, not overpowering and sugary, so they’re versatile in nature. Spicy-tart and thoroughly warming, these apples are a fabulous addition to crepes or homemade ice cream. They’re equally at home as an unexpected garnish for mildly spicy grilled chicken or a tropical menu from Martinique.
Fruit soups are a seasonal luxury that don't always occur as a first option to home cooks. I came up with this refreshing chilled blueberry soup recipe after one too many trips to the local pick-your-own blueberry patch in the mountains. Vibrant, fresh blueberry flavor is the main star of this just sweet enough soup, with just a mild hint of berry cobbler spice to make it comforting. Done in the European style of fruit soups, it's not too sweet, and it gets its richness from an infusion of creme fraiche.
Traditionally, this fig tart is a summer recipe. With a little ingenuity, though, you can soak dried figs and use them year-round for a delicious dessert. The caramelized fig filling is warmed up with a splash of port wine and enlivened with a bit of blackberry jam. A little dollop of Chantilly cream served with the dessert makes the ideal treat.
Enchanting by name and flavor, this forest fruits crumble recipe is made from a simple union of juicy forest berries and a special double-layer of buttery oat crumble. Known as bumbleberry crumble in the United States, this recipe is very forgiving in that the mixed berries can be chosen in nearly any combination that tickles your fancy. A particularly mouth-watering blend uses black currants in place of a third of the strawberries.
Bright lemon zest and smooth, rich cream are a match made in culinary heaven in this lemon creme brulee recipe. The subtle, perfumed hint of citrus adds a luscious dimension of flavor to an already delectable dessert. Find the freshest strawberries or raspberries at your market for a beautiful edible garnish.
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The beauty of this simple macerated strawberries recipe is that it provides a way to add life to berries that aren't ripe enough or are a bit past their prime. A sprinkle of sugar and a drizzle of lemon juice transforms a ho-hum package of strawberries into a flavorful, juicy treat worthy of adding to your favorite desserts. Try the lightly sweetened, fresh strawberry sauce on sponge cake, ice cream, or yogurt; your imagination is the limit!