When you've got fruit that's past its prime, or maybe it's just not very flavorful to begin with (either pithy or rubbery), what do you do with it? Don't throw it out, because there's a way to rescue that fruit -- bake it! Baking fruit really intensifies the flavors, turning ho-hum fruit into a wonderfully flavored dessert. And banged-up and bruised fruit will never show once it's been baked. We've got some great recipe ideas for baking up fruits like pineapple, peaches, rhubarb, plums and more. Check them out in the slideshow below!
Baked Summer Fruit Bundles
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/27/baked-summer-fruit-bundle_n_1382632.html" target="_hplink">Baked Summer Fruit Bundles recipe</a></strong> Baking summer fruit in parchment packets brings out their aromas and sweet flavors. In this recipe raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, peach and nectarine are combined with vanilla and wine.
Meringue Nests With Roasted Rhubarb And Strawberry Sauce
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/meringue-nests-with-roast_n_1057513.html" target="_hplink">Meringue Nests with Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberry Sauce recipe</a></strong> These billowy meringue nests are filled with roast rhubarb and freshly pureed strawberry sauce. Make an indentation in each nest so the fruit can fit.
<strong><strong>Get the <a href="http://aweebitofsugar.com/2010/08/30/almond-cake-and-baked-apricots/" target="_hplink">Baked Apricots recipe from A Wee Bit of Sugar</a></strong> </strong> White wine and lemon thyme flavor these baked apricots as tehy bake. Use the fruit to top desserts like almond cake or ice cream.
Parfait Of Spice-Roasted Pineapple With Frozen Yogurt
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/parfait-of-spice-roasted-_n_1057320.html" target="_hplink">Parfait of Spice-Roasted Pineapple with Frozen Yogurt recipe</a></strong> Spiced and baked pineapple is fine on its own, but when you turn it into a layered yogurt parfait that's when it really becomes a dessert.
Roasted Peaches With Mascarpone Ice Cream
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/roasted-peaches-with-masc_n_1058650.html" target="_hplink">Roasted Peaches with Mascarpone Ice Cream recipe</a></strong> A syrup of white wine, honey and rosemary adds so much flavor to the peaches while they roast. Seve the fruit with a homemade mascarpone ice cream.
Honey-Lavender Plum Gratin
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/honey-lavender-plum-grati_n_1048959.html" target="_hplink">Honey-Lavender Plum Gratin recipe</a></strong> This pretty dessert has wedges of red plums baked in a lavender-infused custard. It's then broiled with a sprinkling of sugar to caramelize the fruit.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplebites.net/frozen-treats-roasted-strawberry-sundae-recipe/" target="_hplink">Roasted Strawberries recipe from Simple Bites</a></strong> Forget the jarred strawberry ice cream topping. Roast your own strawberries and use them to create the best sundae ever.
Caramelized Pineapple Cake
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/caramelized-pineapple_n_1057608.html" target="_hplink">Caramelized Pineapple Cake recipe</a></strong> This cake is no cake at all but layers of pineapple slices stacked in a round pan, poured over with verjuice and baked. Serve with ice cream.
Roasted Cherry Compote
<strong>Get the <a href="http://crystalcartierphotography.com/blog/2011/10/04/goat-cheese-ice-cream-with-roasted-cherry-compote/" target="_hplink">Roasted Cherry Compote from Wabi Sabi blog</a></strong> Use this roasted cherry compote to swirl into ice cream or serve it alongside cheesecake.
Roasted Peach Sundaes
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/roasted-peach-sundaes_n_1049621.html" target="_hplink">Roasted Peach Sundaes recipe</a></strong> Pair any roast fruit, especially peaches, with ice cream (or frozen yogurt) and you've got a great dessert. Top with crumbled gingersnap cookies to make it a sundae.
Meringue-Topped Strawberries And Rhubarb
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/meringue-topped-strawberr_n_1056681.html" target="_hplink">Meringue-Topped Strawberries and Rhubarb recipe</a></strong> Instead of poaching the rhubarb and strawberry mixture on the stove, this recipe has you bake it in ramekins so you can skip a step. Top with meringue and continue baking until pale brown.
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