Grilled Fruit for Dessert

There are many kinds of fruit that are great for grilling such as  pineapple, cantaloupe, bananas, peaches, plums and mangoes. Grilling fruit intensifies their sweetness and adds a little smokey flavor.  During the summer months the fruit is so fresh and sweet so I like to use it in as many ways as possible.  Plus you can use them alongside your main dish or better yet make a yummy dessert like pictured below.  These were a big hit so be sure to make a bunch!

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BANANAS:

Grilled Bananas with Nutella, Cookies and Whipping Cream

Grilled Bananas with Nutella, Cookies and Whipping Cream

  • bananas
  • simple cookies such as butter or shortbread (I bought Pepperidge Farm shortbread cookies or make homemade)
  • Nutella
  • whipping cream
  • nuts
  • caramel and or chocolate sauce

Bananas are the perfect fruit to grill.  Do not peel the bananas and slice in half.  Brush your grill and the bananas generously with oil as they do want to stick.  Grill until the fruit has softened and you have some nice grill marks.  Of course you can make these on your grill pan inside.  Cut into thirds or fourths depending on the size of your cookies.

To assemble:  one cookie, spread a layer of Nutella, piece of grilled banana, dollop of whipping cream, caramel sauce and a few chopped nuts.

Grilled Banana Slices over Vanilla Ice Cream

Grilled Banana Slices over Vanilla Ice Cream:

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. apple juice, unsweetened
  • 4 bananas
  • vanilla ice cream; I used a yogurt blend

Peel the bananas and cut into slices.  Place on a double thickness of foil that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Combine sugar, butter and apple juice and spoon over bananas; seal tightly.  Grill for about 15 minutes or so; allow the sauce to cool or make ahead of time and refrigerate.    Place a scoop or two of ice cream in dishes and add the banana mixture.

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Grilled Pineapple

GRILLED PINEAPPLE:

Pineapple is another good fruit to grill.  I like to serve it with grilled ham or use it as a dessert.   Cut your pineapple into thick slices, core them and I leave the peel on as the fruit is easier to handle.  Heat your grill to high, turn down the heat to medium, generously oil the grates and place your fruit on top.  If you would prefer a simple topping try one of the following or make up your own:

1) 1 cup brown sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon, mix well and sprinkle one side with the cinnamon mixture and cook anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes depending on the thickness of the pineapple; sprinkle the other side and cook until you get nice grill marks.

2)  2 tbsp. honey, 1 tsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. fresh lime and 1 tsp. cinnamon, mix well and grill as above

3) as a dessert, drizzle some chocolate on top after grilling

4) combine 1 cup apple or apricot jelly, 2 tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tbsp. unsalted butter and cinnamon to taste over low heat until combined – brush over pineapple slices or wedges and serve with ice cream and the rest of the apple sauce

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Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the center and drizzle with your favorite sauce. I just saw another good recipe from Giada De Laurentiis that I would like to try and here it is:

Grilled Pineapple with Nutella

  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 cup Nutella
  • 3 tbsp. whipping cream
  • 1 pineapple, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices

Toast the hazelnuts in the oven or in a skillet on top of the stove until they are fragrant and a light golden brown.  Rub the nuts between your fingers to remove the dark skins; chop and set aside.

Blend the vanilla with the mascarpone and set aside.  Combine the Nutella with the whipping cream and microwave until warm about 1 minute.

Oil the pineapple slices and grill until you have nice grill marks as in the picture above.  Remove to a platter and drizzle the Nutella, then place a dollop of the mascarpone mixture on top.  Sprinkle with the hazelnuts and serve.

Cantaloupe with Prosciutto and Mozzarella - Food Network

Cantaloupe with Prosciutto and Mozzarella – Food Network

  • cantaloupe, cut into 1-inch wedges that are seeded and peeled (you can leave the peel on)
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste – I do not add
  • 4 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 3/4 lb. fresh mozzarella,, thinly sliced
  • mint, chopped for garnish

Preheat the grill and brush with oil.  Brush the melon wedges and season with salt and pepper to taste.    Turn down the heat and cook a few minutes per side, turning once., until lightly charred, about 5 minutes.  I actually put the cheese on top of the cantaloupe and cooked for a few minutes to warm it up.  Transfer the wedges to a platter and drape the prosciutto over each melon wedge.    Garnish with a little mint. Or make the sauce below and serve with blueberries and sliced almonds, toasted.

Honey Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • blueberries
  • sliced almonds, toasted

Combine the yogurt and honey and drizzle over the cantaloupe.  Add fresh blueberries and toasted almonds.  

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PEACHES

For a simple recipe just cut the peaches in half.  Combine equal amounts of honey and oil and brush on each half.  Grill about 5 minutes or until you have nice grill marks and the peaches are warm.  Serve over homemade pound cake or ice cream.

The peaches will not be good if they are too ripe; so buy fruit that is a little hard when you gently squeeze them.

Grilled Peaches and Berries

Grilled Peaches and Berries

  • peaches, halved and pitted
  • fresh blueberries
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

Place  peach halves, cut side up, on heavy duty foil;  add a few berries on top.   Combine the brown sugar, melted butter and lemon juice and drizzle over the peach halves.  Seal and  grill for about 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.

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