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Roasted Fruits

February 8, 2010
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roasted fruit with speck

This is one of my favorite snacks fall through spring. In the summer fresh fruit is abundant. In the winter you have fewer options, but you can almost always find apples, pears and grapes in the grocery store or at the market. These are my three favorite fruits to have as roasted snacks. This is a wonderful alternative to sugary snacks. They can be eaten warm or cold for breakfast, dessert or packed in a lunchbox. This takes about 10-15 minutes to prep and 1 or 2 hours to cook. For this you will need;

– one big bag of grapes, or
– 8-10 apples, or
– 8-10 pears

PhotobucketPreheat your oven to 325 degrees. For pears and/or apples, wash them then cut them into eights and remove seeds and stems with a small knife. Line them on a big baking sheet or dish side by side skin side down. You can put them in pretty tight, but don’t layer them on top of each other. With grapes you just need to remove all the stems and give them a rinse in a strainer or colander before setting them on a baking sheet. Once all your fruit is prepped and lined up on your sheet set them in the oven for 1 to 2 hours. The longer you leave the fruit in the oven the more they will dry out and the flavors will concentrate. The sweetness in the fruit is multiplied by letting it cook and dry just a bit. The fruit will remain plump while it is hot, so it may not look finished when you remove it from the oven, but it will shrink as it has time to cool. The fruit will keep for several days like this and go great with yogurt in the morning, with some deli meat in the afternoon or with a little vanilla ice cream after dinner. They are also a wonderful addition to a lunchbox.

Check out the pictures below. Right out of the oven the fruit doesn’t look much different than the raw fruit, but the next day fruit becomes raisinated. Since you wont be able to tell while they are in the oven how the fruit will look when it is cool, I recommend cooking the fruit for one hour fifteen minutes the first time you try this. Once the fruit is cool you can decide if you like it more or less dry and cook it accordingly next time.

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Raw fruit

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Immediately out of the oven

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The same fruit the next day.

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raw grapes

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cooked grapes, lighter in color

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Cooked grapes up close

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Roasted grapes with vanilla ice cream and a touch of balsamic. (not a great photo, but truly delicious.)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. christy permalink
    April 9, 2010 6:35 pm

    is this similar to dehydrating fruit?

    • learninglifefromscratch permalink*
      April 10, 2010 12:48 pm

      Similar, but you use a higher heat and you don’t dry out the fruit completely.

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