Summer Fruit Dessert Recipes
Summer fruit doesn't need much adornment. Get big flavors with little effort with these grilled, roasted and completely raw fruit dishes.
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Grilled Pineapple With Rum Sauce
Keep the grill going after dinner and throw on some pineapple slices — with a little vanilla ice cream and rum sauce, it's a quintessential summer dish.
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Chuck's Summer Berry Pudding
Use berries at their peak of ripeness for this vibrant fruit dessert. To make it, Chuck layers white bread and lightly-cooked berries — all you need is a little time and you have a sliceable, fruit-filled "pudding."
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Hungry Girl's Grilled Pineapple With Cinnamon-Yogurt Dip
Grilling pineapple brings out the fruit's sweetness and imparts a smoky flavor without any extra calories. Mix up a cinnamon-vanilla yogurt sauce for a sweet treat, sans the guilt.
Fruit Salad Macedonia
When you have berries this prime, a little adornment is all they need. Just a little sugar helps the fruit release its juices, and citrus juice adds a bit of brightness.
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Strawberries With Balsamic Vinegar
This might seem like an odd combination, but trust us (and David Rocco) — it's a delicious one. Balsamic picks up on both the sweet and savory sides of the strawberry, and a few cracks of pepper give it unexpected spiciness.
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Wine Jelly With Grapes
Laura Calder dresses up gelatin with bubbly white wine, and mixes in fresh red and green grapes. Pour it into individual molds or dessert dishes for an elegant presentation.
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You'd be a, ahem, fool not to make this simple dessert sometime this summer. Simply fold strained strawberry puree into whipped cream for a cloudlike take on sweets.
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Sugar-Roasted Stone Fruit
Stone fruit is midsummer's sweetheart, be it peaches, plums, nectarines or apricots. Concentrate the fruits' sweet flavor with a jaunt into a hot oven, then serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
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Spicy Fruit and Lemon Kebobs
Give these melon, apple and cantaloupe skewers an unexpected kick with a jalapeno, lime and chili powder marinade.
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Grilled Apples With Spiced Chantilly Cream
Grill tart Granny Smith apples to get restaurant-perfect marks, then finish in the oven with a butter-cinnamon glaze. Serve with soft whipped cream.
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Grilled Banana S'mores
Whether you're 5 or 50, there's something about the graham cracker, melty chocolate and oozy marshmallow combo that can't be beat. This year, add some banana slices to make it just a little sweeter.
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