You’ve heard the expression “easy as pie,” but what about easier than pie? And not just easier, but healthier, too. We’re talking about cooked fruit desserts, which are trending this fall. Instead of rolling out a pie crust or agonizing over the measurements for a time-consuming cake, all you need to do is slice the fruit and cook it simply on the stove or in the oven, allowing the heat to caramelize the natural sugars and transform it into a warming, indulgent dessert that’s still easy on the waistline.
Vanilla Roasted Peaches with Raspberries
Roast these peaches down with sugar, butter, and a little lemon juice to add some acidity and counterbalance the sweetness. Then drizzle the firm-fleshed beauties with their own syrupy cooking juice and add ice cream with a handful of berries.
(Top image: Martha Stewart)
Apple Crisp Stuffed Apples
If you’re looking for a dessert that screams fall without requiring all the prep work of an apple pie, this sweet stuffed apple concoction from Le Creme De La Crumb will be right up your alley. Scoop out a Fuji apple, pile in a crumble of oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Then bake until ooey gooey and top with a scoop of melty ice cream. Can you say “heaven”?
Fried Honey Bananas
If you’re in the mood for an after-dinner indulgence but don’t want to rack up the calories, look no further than this clever dish. Bananas are so sweet on their own that all you need is a bit of honey and cinnamon — and of course a hot pan — to make them utterly dessert-worthy.
Broiled Pears with Cinnamon Whipped Cream and Toasted Hazelnuts
For a waistline-friendly dessert that all but screams fall, try our recipe for broiled pears. The high heat of that particular cooking technique browns the edges, caramelizing the fruit and making it a perfect match for the rich whipped cream and the crunchy toasted hazelnuts.
When you’re starting with a beautiful, juicy fruit, you don’t need much else to make it shine. In this recipe, for example, all you need is cherries, a pinch of sea salt, demerara sugar, some black pepper (just trust us), and cherry brandy. That will leave you with a delicious, simple cherry compote that’s wonderful with a scoop of ice cream, a dollop of yogurt, or all on its own.
Oven Baked Plums With Vanilla
Plums are bringing a lot to the table already as far as flavor, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that all you need to really highlight the plums as an ingredient is sugar and vanilla beans. The vanilla sugar crystallizes over the flesh of the plums to form a sweet shell, trapping the juices inside to delight your tastebuds!
Roasted Pineapple With Honey And Pistachios
juicy pineapple, tart creme fraiche, sweet and earthy pistachios, and bright mint. Together the combination makes them all sing.
(Image: Bon Appetit)
Sweet-Tart Quick-Roasted Grapes
When it comes to making grapes for a dessert, they have a natural sweetness, so you’d be surprised with the amount of savory pairings you can get away with. This recipe calls for balsamic vinegar, sea salt, thyme, and freshly ground pepper. You’ll be amazed by how perfectly they complement the sweet red grapes bursting with juice.