How to caramelize fruit
Caramelize fruit is a delicious recipe to taste all the fruit’s goodness, creating a dessert with an easy preparation and an extraordinary impact to be prepared at home on different occasions! Caramelized fruit is the perfect combination of the sweetest of desserts and the most colorful fruit salad: peaches, grapes, apricots, apples, pineapples, strawberries and plums release new flavors revealing a greedy face, beautiful to see and eat!
Making this cake quick and easy simply requires a little imagination and some technical knowledge to bring caramelized fruit in all its countless variations to the table: in a pan, in the oven or with a torch, with seasonal fruit or fruit dry and candied, with melted chocolate or crunchy!
Get ready to discover so many delicious recipes and all the ways to caramelize fruit!
How to caramelize fruit in a pan
There are many ways to prepare caramelized fruit. What we will see shortly involves the use of the pan.
To make this delicious dish for 4 people you will need: 1 pineapple; 4 plums; 1 banana; 1 kiwi; a bunch of grapes; 4 apricots; 1 pear; 4 spoons of brown sugar; a knob of butter; 30 g of chopped almonds; 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream; 8 dry biscuits roughly chopped.
First of all, it is important to know that you can use the fruit you prefer, depending on the season, your tastes and preferences and also depending on what you have at home. The caramelized fruit, in fact, lends itself to be made according to your needs, tastes and imagination. In autumn, for example, you can use oranges in combination with apples, grapes and pears. Don’t limit yourself: the important thing is to carry out the steps of the specific cooking methods according to the recipe you decide to make.
Start with preparing the fruit. Then, wash the fruit, peel it and cut it into cubes. If you wish, pears, apples, plums and grapes can easily go peel.
In the meantime, take a large enough pan and melt the knob of butter inside. After a few minutes add the pieces of fruit and start mixing everything with the help of a wooden spoon, then add the brown sugar and almonds. Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally: the fruit will start to caramelize and you will notice it precisely for the golden color typical of caramelized sugar, as well as for the delicious aroma that will begin to spread in the kitchen! After 5-10 minutes, taking care not to burn sugar and fruit, turn off the heat. Leave to cool and serve on a plate. Next lay the scoop of vanilla ice cream and the dry biscuits, for example some delicious biscuits with chocolate chips. This delicious combination, together with the crunchy almonds, will make caramelized fruit in a pan a goodness to be enjoyed after a dinner with friends, to end the evening with a flourish!
A really greedy alternative to this fruit-based recipe involves adding spices and rum instead of almonds and a scoop of ice cream.
To make caramelized fruit in a pan with spices and rum, you will need the following ingredients: 1 knob of butter; 2 tablespoons of brown sugar; ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon; ½ teaspoon of cloves; ½ teaspoon cumin; 30 ml of rum. As for fruit, you can choose the seasonal fruit you prefer. As an example, we indicate: 4 peaches; 4 apricots; 4 plums; a bunch of grapes.
Wash and cut the fruit into cubes. Then heat the butter in a pan and melt it. After a few minutes, as soon as it is melted, add the pieces of fruit, also adding sugar and spices. Cook for 3 minutes, then pour the rum and cook over high heat for another 3 minutes, until you get a thick amber mixture. Put out the fire and serve! Easy, right?
How to make caramelize fruit in the oven
Here is a sweet recipe to prepare caramelized fruit in the oven using a few simple ingredients: 1 apple; 1 pear; 1 orange; 1 pineapple; 12 apricots; 2 slices of pineapple; 200 g of sugar; 1 tablespoon butter the juice of 1 lemon.
On a baking tray with a few sheets of aluminum foil, arrange the fruit cut into small pieces and divided into small portions, sprinkle it with lemon juice and add the flakes of butter. Close the cartocci and put them to cook in a hot oven at 180° for about 10 minutes.
In the meantime, put the sugar together with 2 tablespoons of water over low heat until caramelized. After that, open the foil and pour it over each portion of fruit. Close the bag with fruit again and leave it in the oven for another 5 minutes before serving. Accompany with a combination of custard: you will see what goodness!
How to caramelize dried fruit
To give a sweet touch to sweet dishes such as creams and desserts, you can add caramelized dried fruit. Let’s see what it takes to prepare it: almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts and the same amount of sugar as the dried fruit you want to caramelize.
Start toasting the dried fruit by pouring it into a medium heat pan or directly on a baking sheet.
At this point, put the toasted dried fruit in a saucepan and let it caramelize with the sugar and a little water. Stir until the sugar becomes dark and then cool the caramelized dried fruit by pouring it on a sheet of baking paper.
To decorate the dried fruit and make it even better, you can pour chocolate or honey drops over it, leaving them to solidify before enjoying this delicious snack.
How to caramelize seasonal fruit
A delight that cannot miss in the Halloween party is the caramelized seasonal fruit, a sweet dessert for young and old.
For this recipe, the following ingredients are needed: 6 red apples; 40 g of butter; 50 g of liquid cream for cakes; 100 g of sugar; 65 g of agave syrup.
After washing and drying the apples, put the sugar, butter, cream and agave syrup in a saucepan. Let everything melt until a homogeneous mixture is obtained and stirring until boiling. At this point, simmer for about 10 minutes on a low heat until you get a dark liquid, or caramel.
Using long wooden sticks skewer the apples and dip them on the caramel letting it drip all around the fruit. Place the apples on a sheet of parchment paper and let them cool before serving.
How to caramelize fruit skewers
Let’s now see how to prepare the caramelized fruit skewers, a tasty snack that also becomes a different way of preparing and serving fruit, for example accompanying yogurt or a good ricotta and strawberry tart, easy and extremely delicious.
The preparation technique is simple: first of all you have to cut the fruit into cubes and skewer each piece using long wooden sticks alternating for example berries such as blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, but also figs, wedges of red oranges, apples and pears.
Once the fruit skewers are placed on a ceramic plate to retain the heat, you can sprinkle them with a liqueur and sprinkle them with icing sugar as desired. Using the sugar, you will obtain the caramelized fruit skewers forming the melted sugar, which will change from white to a inviting dark blond color.
An alternative way to prepare caramelized fruit skewers is to use 200 g of flour to create a batter together with the egg whites of 1 egg whisked, 150 ml of water, 10 g of brewer’s yeast, 50 g of sugar and 2 tablespoons of seed oil to fry the fruit skewers, before caramelizing and decorating them with sesame seeds. Enjoy your meal!