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12/13/2014 08:43 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

6 Festive Fruit Desserts

1. Baked Pears in Spiced Pomegranate Syrup

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This is a wonderful light dessert for the holidays, especially served with coffee, tea and crunchy Italian-style cookies, like Walnut and Cinnamon Biscotti or Double Chocolate Biscotti. GET THE RECIPE

2. Apple Cranberry Oat Crumble

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This old-fashioned dessert of warm baked apples and tart cranberries with a crunchy oat streusel topping comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson. It's easy to make, feeds a crowd and is perfect for the holidays! GET THE RECIPE

3. Sticky Toffee Banana Cake

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This warm banana cake drizzled with hot toffee sauce and topped with sliced bananas and pecans is a cozy, delicious treat. It's a fresh take on the classic English dessert, sticky toffee pudding -- which is not really pudding at all, but rather a warm, moist cake made with finely chopped dates covered in a sticky toffee sauce. GET THE RECIPE

4. Pear & Dried Cherry Crisp

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Rustic desserts that pair soft, tart fruit with buttery-crisp toppings are one of my favorite things to bake: they're easy to throw together, completely foolproof, and always warm and comforting. This one is a stand-out thanks to the combination of sweet D'Anjou pears and tart dried cherries, which are plumped up in an orange-scented caramel syrup before baking. GET THE RECIPE

5. Luscious Lemon Squares

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With a crisp and buttery shortbread crust, luscious lemon filling and powdered sugar topping, these lemon squares are as pretty as they are delicious. GET THE RECIPE

6. Citrus & Pomegranate Fruit Salad

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This beautiful salad of oranges, grapefruits and pomegranates is the perfect antidote to all the overindulgence of the holidays -- and it's so much more enticing than the typical store-bought fruit salad. GET THE RECIPE