Fruit for Roasting?

Marisa DeMeglio

Photo Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

By now you are probably realizing, like me, that you can pretty much roast anything. Whether this is a smart idea is another discussion, but I was getting curious. What else can I roast? I started asking everyone in the office what they liked to roast and finally Dawn shouted out…FRUIT! I thought this was a great idea especially since I have seen restaurants do this before!

We have all been to those fancy restaurants where they serve wonderfully warm fruit  with chilly ice cream, and I wanted to try this out for myself. I did some research on the internet and found there are many recipes but they are usually hit or miss. Too soft! Too hard! Basically, It all comes out to what you like most yourself. 

The other day we had our Spring potluck at the office and one of my wonderful coworkers brought a great berry fruit salad with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It made the fruit have a perfect tang and it was super delicious. Another coworker brought in an awesome chocolate cake and ice cream and everyone ended up topping their cake and ice cream concoction with the amazing fruit salad. It was just the right hint of berries, chocolate, and ice cream to create a beautiful mixture.

I thought this would make a great roasting recipe as well. I found a spot on recipe and pretty much used the same techniques as I had with roasting my vegetables. However, instead of using savory additions I used sweet instead, think honey, cinnamon etc. If you don’t want your recipe to be too sweet you could also use some balsamic vinegar (like with this recipe).

My biggest worry with roasting fruit was exactly the same as with roasting my vegetables. I wanted them to have a little crunch and not just be soggy. I like to crank up my oven to get this result but you have to be very careful. I think 375 degrees provides the perfect amount of heat aka no mush and just enough bite.

I have also seen this done in a slow cooker….I might have to try that out one day…but for today let’s roast some fruit!


 

I am Emilie, I have always been lover of food and travel, but just starting out when it comes to being a foodie (and the creation of food).  I have always been fascinated by food, food creativity, and the origins of each ingredient. However, usually I defeated myself with my lack of knife skills or some other excuse not to just try.

This is my journey on what can be seen as trials and tribulations of food exploration and other fun key ingredient adventures.  I will explore healthier ways to eat all the while pushing out of my comfort zone when it comes to ingredients and new tricks. These recipes and tricks will not only help you become a healthier person this year, but hopefully also help you impress your loved ones.