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Fruit Dessert Topping Recipes

Fresh Peach Dessert Topping

Fresh Peach Dessert Topping

Fruit Toppings

Want to jazz up that vanilla ice cream or make a delicious mouthwatering topping for an angel food cake? Use fruit toppings on angel food cakes, cheesecakes, ice cream sundaes, dress up a plain cake, waffles, pancakes and more.

Fresh Peach Dessert Topping

Most summers I will end up buying too many peaches and have a few stragglers that no one wants to eat sitting in the bottom crisper of the refrigerator. The following recipe is not only simple to make but is fast and you can make it with three ingredients. We like to eat this over french vanilla ice cream.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

20 min

25 min

2 cups


  • 4 medium sized Peaches
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice, either fresh or bottled
  • 1/2 cup of White Sugar


  1. Wash the peaches, slice, and remove the pit. I don't remove the skin but you can if you want to.
  2. In a saucepan on medium to medium high heat add the sliced peaches, lemon juice and sugar tossing well.
  3. Let the mixture cook for fifteen minutes stirring occasionally. During the final five minutes of cooking time take a rubber spatula or other utensil and break the peach slices into smaller pieces. I use the rubber spatula as my sauce pan is Teflon coated.
  4. Remove from heat and let the peach sauce cool down. You can either use the dessert topping right away or refrigerate until ready to use.

Sauce Pan That is Perfect For These Recipes

Turn a plain cheesecake into a peach cheesecake

To use the peach dessert topping to serve with cheesecake, can be easily thickened even more. To do this follow the above recipe. Once it has cooked for twenty minutes mix together 1 tsp. of cornstarch with 2 tsp. of cold water, and add it to the peach sauce on the stove. Whisk it until it thickens then turn the heat off letting the pot sit for a minute or two. In a food processor or blender puree your peach sauce. When ready to serve with the cheesecake, spoon the peach dessert sauce onto a plate and add a slice of cheesecake on top of the sauce. Enjoy!

Other Fruit

This recipe can be made with just about any fruit you desire. I wouldn't always add the lemon juice however. If making this recipe with strawberries add a dash of balsamic vinegar rather than the lemon juice.


Rum and Fruit Compote

Trying to figure out what to serve for dessert? This delicious fruit topping dessert can be eaten all on its own or added on top of or beside yogurt, ice-cream, angel food, apple or any type of cake.

Ingredients for Rum and Fruit Compote

  • 3 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp of white granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp of butter
  • 3 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of cardamon
  • 1/8 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup of dark rum
  • 2 medium apples
  • 2 medium pears
  • 2 medium peaches
  • 2 kiwis
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups of strawberries

Preparing and cooking the Rum and Fruit Compote

  1. Start by cutting and coring the apples and pears into wedges. They can be peeled or the peel can be left on. Cut peaches into wedges and remove the pits.
  2. Peel and slice the bananas. Slice strawberries. Peel and cut kiwis into wedges.
  3. In a large skillet or saucepan mix together white and brown sugar, butter, lemon juice, orange juice, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and ginger. Cook over medium heat stirring continuously while bringing to a boil. Keep cooking until the amount is reduced to half, has thickened.
  4. Stir in the rum, pears, peaches, apples and cook on simmer until the fruit is tender.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in bananas, kiwis and strawberries.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Fun Fruit Facts

The strawberry is part of the rose family.

If you threw an apple at a girl and she caught it in ancient Greece, this meant that you were proposing marriage and she was saying yes.

Kiwifruit can be used as a meat tenderizer.

There are 8000 varieties of grapes.


For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

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  1. How any seeds does an average strawberry have?
    • 25
    • 200
    • 80
  2. If you want fruit to ripen faster what fruit do you put close by?
    • Apple
    • Lemon
    • Banana
  3. What continent are blueberries native to?
    • Europe
    • Asia
    • North America
    • Australia
  4. How long can an olive tree live?
    • 15 years
    • 115 years
    • 515 years
    • 1500 years

Answer Key

  1. 200
  2. Banana
  3. North America
  4. 1500 years

© 2012 Susan Zutautas


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 23, 2013:

Apples are so good with cinnamon ... yum :)

cashmere from India on October 22, 2013:

This is an excellent idea. I have used apples in a similar manner but also add cinnamon powder to them while stewing. Come out smelling divine

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 22, 2013:

Moonlake, Thanks!

moonlake from America on October 22, 2013:

This sounds so good. I love peaches. Vote, pin and shared.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 28, 2013:

Rebecca and Dianna, Thanks much for stopping by.

Dianna Mendez on July 27, 2013:

I am sold on the peach! This just makes dessert a whole new experience.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 27, 2013:

Wow, this looks so easy and so good. I'll bet you could make it work with plums,too. Thanks Susan!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 15, 2012:

lemonkerdz, Nice to meet you. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on November 14, 2012:

i love making different fruit compote to spice up and change a basic recipe into something totally different. great flavours to put on top of a basic baked cheese cake. thanks for sharing

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 11, 2012:

Sassy, Thanks and I hope you both enjoy these.

Karen Anne Harris from Jacksonville, FL on September 10, 2012:

I has horrible with the quiz :-( This looks really yummy. It sounds like something that I could try out on my hubby. Thanks for sharing. Very useful.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 10, 2012:

SS, Thanks for sharing this hub and for stopping bye to have a look :) Always nice to see you.

HouseBuyers, Thank you and nice to meet you.

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on September 09, 2012:

This looks really good. I never thought of putting peaches on cheesecake and that does sound really good to me. I really loved the fun facts since I did not know any of them. And the quiz, well I got 50%. Oh well. Sharing this!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 05, 2012:

barbergirl, It is pretty easy and fast to make. It gets eaten too fast too :)

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on September 04, 2012:

Ahhhh... you had me at dessert. I can tell that this would be absolutely wonderful on top of waffles... Naturally, I would actually prefer the ice cream but I am trying to behave a little! :) Great hub - I will have to try this!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 24, 2012:

sgbrown, This is great on pancakes :) Thanks so much. Enjoy your weekend.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on August 23, 2012:

I love peaches and this sounds soooo good! I could put this over ice cream or even pancakes for the grandkids. Awesome idea. Thank you for sharing this! Voted up and useful. Have a great day! :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 21, 2012:

RH, Thanks and hope you like the compote.

Peg, Not sure how it would work as peach pie filling as the peaches do get cooked on the stove. You would want to make peach pie without cooking the peaches. Unless you made a graham cracker peach pie... hmm I think you just gave me an idea. Thanks :)

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on August 20, 2012:

Hi Susan, This looks easy and delicious, two of my favorites together: peaches and icecream. I wonder if it would work as a peach pie filling. You know the peaches in the premade frozen "to be baked" pies are sort of uncooked making the pie not like I remember from childhood. This sounds more like it. Thanks!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on August 19, 2012:

This sounds awesome - peach pie is my absolute favorite! I have never tried a fuit compote so I can't wait to give it a try.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 19, 2012:

Thanks Lesley and I hope you enjoy the peach topping.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on August 19, 2012:

Hi Susan, love the recipes and the fun facts!

Can't wait to try the peach topping, many thanks and voted up!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 19, 2012:

Mhatter, It is great with angel food cake :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 19, 2012:

Brenda, Don't worry about the typos ... I'm famous for that myself :) Thanks.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 19, 2012:

Ruby, Thanks :)

Scribenet, I to make apple sauce with the basic same recipe. Thanks.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on August 18, 2012:

This is what angel food cake was invented for. thanks

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on August 18, 2012:

Sorry for the misspellings. Sometimes this Kindle has a mind of its own!

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on August 18, 2012:

These look deli joust. I like the low sugar content. Thanks for the hints.

Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on August 18, 2012:

Your peach topping is such an obvious use for those leftover peaches and I , who just love, loves peaches have never thought to do this though I know to do it with apples (the topping).

This is definitely going to go into my collection...because it is much simpler than peach pie and just as delicious! Thanks!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 18, 2012:

I really do love peaches and ice cream together, your recipe looks delicious. Thank you..

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 18, 2012:





Glimmer Twin Fan

Thanks everyone. I had it over ice cream last night and it was good :)

Claudia Porter on August 18, 2012:

This looks delicious and that fruit compote looks out of this world! Awesome hub.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on August 18, 2012:

Remember that old Campbell Soup commercial, Susan? "Hmmmm, hmmmm good, hmmmm hmmmm good" ... that's what these toppings are - hmmm humm good! Thanks for sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 18, 2012:

The peach one looks heavenly. Great suggestions!

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on August 18, 2012:

I am of the mindset that peaches over ice cream is the BEST dessert ever- especially when the peaches are warm. Nice work :)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 18, 2012:

Great recipe Justasksusan damn I think I have you all over my kitchen.. include this one ... rated it 5!!! :)

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