Fall fruit desserts are low in calories and fat and are very refreshing, especially after a large or heavy meal. A nice addition to fruit is fresh mint. Peppermint is an herb that promotes healthy digestion by soothing and comforting the stomach.
Fall Fruit Dessert Ideas
Brush peach halves with a mixture of brown sugar and port or red wine. Then grill them, cut side down, over a very low fire (perhaps at the end of a barbecue) until golden brown.
Pineapple is also a good fruit to grill. Cut pineapple into one-half inch thick rounds, brush with a bit of canola or safflower oil and grill over a medium hot fire until nicely browned. Studies have shown that the chemical bromelin in pineapple may help keep arteries clean.
Peaches and Kiwifruit
Peel and slice ripe peaches and kiwis. Toss together with a bit of orange juice and sugar. Stir in fresh mint and chill well before serving.
Remember when peaches had all that peach fuzz?
Today peaches are defuzzed by a mechanical brushing process before shipment.
Make simple and delicious baked apples by coring six apples and placing on a baking sheet. Fill each apple with a tablespoon of brown sugar, a pinch of cinnamon and 1/ 2-teaspoon of butter. Pour a cup of water around the apples and bake, uncovered, in a preheated 375-degre oven for 45 to 60 minutes, basting occasionally.
Blackberries & Blueberries
Poach six whole pears for about a half-hour in a simmering mixture that includes a bottle of fruity red wine, one-quarter cup of creme de Cassis, 1/3 cup sugar, lemon juice, vanilla bean and cloves. Chill in the cooking liquid then serve garnished with fresh mint.
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