Fruit Dessert Recipes

Tarts, pies, homemade ice cream, parfaits…fruit is the crowning jewel on all these delectable desserts. We also have breakfast pastries, berry-stuffed crepes, and Dutch pancakes finished with spoonfuls of seasonal fruit.

Staff Picks

Apple Crisp

Rating: 3.58 stars 1715
One of the definitive desserts of fall, apple crisp is easy and economical. Test kitchen tip: Empire, Gala, or Braeburn apples are especially good in this recipe.

Apple Crumble

With the crisp autumn air comes an opportunity to use freshly-picked apples in everything from salads to pies. If you aren't sure where to start with your bushel, try this classic crumble. Easy enough to throw together on a whim, it contains all of the warm flavors of fall in every bite.

Easy Poached Pears

Rating: 3.08 stars 146
Bosc pears, available through April, become tender yet hold their shape well when poached. A spice-infused syrup gives them a pie-like flavor.

Apple-Pie Cake

Rating: 3.25 stars 1582
A cross between pie and a fruit crisp, this dramatic dessert is made with just six common ingredients.

Peach Crumble

Rating: 3.18 stars 786
For an even sweeter summer, take advantage of the season's perfectly ripe peaches.

Blueberry Crisp

Rating: 3.22 stars 982
This blueberry crisp has a loose and juicy filling. If you would prefer a thicker filling, add an extra teaspoon of cornstarch.

Apple Cobbler

Brown butter and vanilla bean add complexity to the apple filling in this rich cobbler.

Apple Pandowdy

Rating: 3.65 stars 101
This classic American dessert from the 19th century is "dowdied" up when dough is cut into pieces instead of being left whole.

Quick & Easy Caramelized Pears

Rating: 3.74 stars 19
Seasonal fruit is the perfect starting point for a memorable meal-ender.

Cranberry Cobbler

Rating: 3.31 stars 391
Take advantage of fresh cranberries while they're plentiful. This homey creation takes just minutes to make and would be a festive treat throughout the holiday season.

Cranberry Clafouti

Rating: 3.55 stars 148
This simple batter is similar to pancake batter. Poured in a pan with fruit, it bakes into a creamy custard.

Roasted Apples

Rating: 3.27 stars 74
Roasted apples recall homemade applesauce but don't require a turn through a food mill.

Inspiration and Ideas

Creamy, Tangy, and Irresistible: These Are Our Favorite Lemon Bar Recipes
It's a truth universally acknowledged that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemon bars. One of Martha's favorite desserts, lemon bars are a great make-ahead recipe and suited to just about any occasion. Whether you're looking for a traditional lemon bar or one with a twist, we've got you covered.

Apple-Cranberry Crumble

Rating: 3.71 stars

Honeycrisp apples have a firm texture that holds up well during baking; Macoun, Empire, or Fuji are other good choices. Fresh (or frozen) cranberries contribute flavor as well as some juice; do not substitute dried cranberries. A mini-chopper makes quick work of chopping the cranberries.