Is there anything more luscious than perfectly ripe fruit in season? The tropical notes of bananas, the heady aroma of a juicy peach, or the sweet-tart flesh of an apple straight from the tree. Fruits are great out of hand, of course, but seasonal fruit can also be a clever way to add sweetness to savory dishes: Diced pear rounds out a chopped salad, grapes perk up a pan sauce for sautéed chicken, apricots play nicely in a stuffing for pork. And when it comes to desserts, well, look out, chocolate: Is there anything that trumps a fresh cherry pie, a golden-brown peach cobbler, or towering strawberry shortcake?
This makes an interesting homemade food gift, side dish, or appetizer because it's something you don't often see.
Perfect for an appetizer party, chopped apple simmered with pomegranate juice creates flavor-packed preserves to share or serve with cheese, crackers, or fruit.
A mixture of fresh berries make a colorful layer between spoonfuls of creamy white chocolate mousse in this luscious dessert.
Pears and dried cranberries give this quick-and-easy pork cutlet recipe a sweet burst of flavor.