Roasted Fruit SaladPosted by in Food
We recently received a big, beautiful fruit basket from a friend to get us through the death of my mother-in-law. It was a thoughtful gift, filled with wonderful treats. We ate it for a week and then it was SuperBowl weekend. The beautiful whole pineapple hadn’t been touched. My husband was having fantasies of roasting it on a rotisserie like they do at Brazilian barbecue restaurants. Every time we go there, he eagerly looks forward to that hot roasted pineapple coming around. Although we do have a rotisserie attachment for our grill, using it in half a foot of snow at 20 degrees was really not an option. So I decided to roast the pineapple in the oven after peeling and coring it. And while I was at it, I threw some other fruit into the baking pan: bananas and oranges. What emerged was a hot, sweet, and swoon-worthy roasted fruit salad that I will be making again and again!
Use any fruit you have hanging around for this (pears, grapefruit, kiwi, apples, tangerines). Slice the fruit or section it and place it on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle it with brown sugar and cinnamon. You might also think about sprinkling a little rum on it as well. Nutmeg would also make a fine addition Bake at 400 until the fruit is hot, the sugar is bubbling and it is all starting to caramelize (about 5-10 minutes depending on the thickness of your fruit).
This was wickedly good. Serve it hot – the heat intensifies the flavors and emphasizes the caramelization. It’s a very satisfying dessert but would also work well with a brunch. We ate it after our traditional nachos and guac with the game.
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Wow. I’ve never thought of roasting fruit – I roast veggies all the time – and I’m forever feeling badly about wasting fruit that I don’t get to eat. I’m definitely going to give this a try!
This sounds so good!! I’m tempted to get a pineapple just to try it out.
Condolences to all hurting over the loss of your mother in law, Brette.
Thank you Maggi.
I don’t know if I have ever done anything with a whole pineapple before this. You could use the kind that comes pre-cut too if you don’t want to have to cut it up
I know. I was like ‘why haven’t I thought of this before?’
I will have to try this at the weekend!
What an amazing idea. I’m thinking the sugar might not even be necessary, right?
What a great way to prep something unique yet relatively simple. Different dipping dressings could be good, too.
Oooh. Roasted pineapple. Even better dipped in chocolate … says the girl grieving on many fronts.
Ruth you are too healthy for me. You’re right of course – sugar not needed.
LOVE roasted fruit. Thanks for the reminder. Hmmm… might have to drag the outdoor grill out of a snowbank.
You’re full of great ideas. I’ve roasted pineapples but no other fruits.