Easy Fruit Dessert Recipes
Orange Sauce on Ricotta
Enjoy a little something sweet after lunch with one of these easy fruit-based desserts.
Mix fresh navel orange segments with orange marmalade to make an easy dessert sauce. Spoon it over creamy ricotta cheese -- or use Greek-style yogurt if you prefer.
Whipped Yogurt with Pineapple and Dried Fruit
Our updated take on ambrosia can be made ahead and refrigerated, covered, up to 12 hours.
Summer Fruit Salad
A light dressing of honey, orange juice, and fresh mint enhances fresh summer fruit. This recipe calls for plums, nectarines, apricots, blueberries, and blackberries, but you can use any combination of seasonal fruit.
Poached fruit is a dessert that will never fail you (it's especially ideal for nonbakers) and can be made days ahead. Poaching transforms lackluster or not-quite-ripe specimens into tender, flavor-packed beauties -- in this case, freckled with vanilla seeds.
There's always money in the banana stand. In honor of Arrested Development's season 4 premiere, learn to make chocolate-covered Bluth Bananas at home.
One of the definitive desserts of fall, apple crisp is easy and economical. Empire, Gala, or Braeburn apples are especially good in this recipe.
Strawberries with Mint Whipped Cream
Sliced strawberries and mint whipped cream are layered in pretty glasses, along with crushed cookies (if you like). To make the refreshing whipped cream for these parfaits, fresh mint leaves are boiled in simple syrup.
Pear with Honey and Pecans
To make this easy, healthy dessert, simply stir honey and chopped pecans together, and mound onto a halved, cored pear. You can also use walnuts or almonds if you like.
Ripe peach slices sauteed in butter and sugar taste like peach pie without the crust, and take just 10 minutes to prepare. Serve the warm peaches with vanilla ice cream and shortbread or sugar cookies.
Swirly Baked Apples
Peel Rome Beauty apples in a spiral and fill with brown sugar, oats, and spices for an easy dessert. These are a nutritious, kid-pleasing finish to a meal.
Tropical Fruit Cup
Use a colorful combination of kiwi and mango for this quick and easy fruit salad. A drizzle of honey adds a little extra sweetness.
Blueberries with Maple Whipped Cream
Brown sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest make a light, tangy syrup for fresh blueberries. Whip together heavy cream, sour cream, and maple syrup for the fluffy topping on this easy summer dessert.
Watermelon and Raspberry Salad
Toss raspberries and cubes of seedless watermelon with lemon juice and sugar to make this pretty pink fruit salad. Serve it as-is, or spoon it over ice cream, sorbet, or yogurt.
Sprinkle brown sugar, butter, and orange zest over halved plums and roast them until tender and juicy. Serve them with pound cake or vanilla ice cream.
Sliced Fruit with Sugared Lime Zest
Blend lime zest with sugar and a bit of salt to make a sweet-tart topping for fresh fruit. The combination of mango, papaya, and Granny Smith apple creates an appealing mix of colors and textures.
In this two-ingredient dessert, sugar transforms Bartlett pears into rich, caramel-coated treats. Serve with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.
Grilled Peach Melba
In this quick and easy version of the classic dessert, peach halves are brushed with butter and brown sugar, and grilled until tender. Vanilla ice cream is mounded into each peach half and topped with a sauce made from fresh raspberries mashed with sugar.
Strawberries with Yogurt and Pistachios
Thick and creamy Greek yogurt lends a touch of luxury to this quick and easy dessert. You can use any fresh, seasonal fruit in this recipe.
Roasted Papaya with Brown Sugar
Sprinkle halved papayas with brown sugar and ginger, and roast until the fruit is browned and tender. Serve with lime wedges and a dusting of cayenne pepper.
Broiled Pineapple with Frozen Yogurt
A few minutes under the broiler transforms fresh pineapple into a mouthwatering dessert. Use a cast-iron skillet for maximum caramelization.
Tropical Fruit in Ginger Syrup
Simmer fresh ginger in simple syrup to make the easy glaze for this fruit salad. Drizzle it over sliced oranges, mango, and banana, then top with toasted coconut.
Watermelon and Wafers
Use an ice cream scoop to portion out sweet rounds of seedless watermelon. Serve the fresh fruit with benne wafers (sesame seed cookies popular in the South) or shortbread.
Mango Brown Betty
Similar to a crumble, a brown betty boasts diced mangoes baked under crisp, sweetened breadcrumbs. Crystallized ginger adds a nice bite to the topping.