As a vegetarian, I am always looking for innovative ways to make meals interesting, tasty, and nutritious for the whole family.
Refreshing and Fruity Dessert
A refreshing fruit cocktail with fresh fruits, cooked pear; and yogurt. This dish, with a selection of soft fruits and yogurt, is best prepared before the main course, then left to cool while you are enjoying your main meal; and then served as a dessert.
This recipe of mine is a variation on Sunrise Pear Dessert which I adapted from a similar recipe, Sunset Pears, where I used yogurt and fresh raspberries instead of raspberry puree.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: Total 40 minutes
Serves: 3 - 6
- 1 pear per portion
- 1 pot of yogurt per person
- 1 pint of water
- 4 oz. granulated sugar
- Half teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 1 or 2 bananas
- 1 or 2 oranges
- 1 or 2 kiwi fruit
- 6 grapes per portion
- 8 oz. raspberries
- Thinly peel each pear, one per person, but keep the stalks on.
- Optionally, core the pear from the bottom to get the pips out; it can be a bit fiddly, although I did manage it with an apple corer and a thin knife without dislodging the stalk.
- Put one pint of water and sugar into a saucepan and stir over a gentle heat until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the vanilla essence and pears to the saucepan and simmer on a gentle heat for 20 minutes; but do not overcook.
- When cooked, remove the pears from the water and leave to cool a little.
- Empty a yogurt pot into each dessert dish (one glass dish per person); any type or flavour of yogurt will do fine.
- Place a pear in the centre of each dessert dish on top of the yogurt.
- Peel the oranges and kiwi fruit.
- Slice the kiwi fruit and segment the oranges.
- Place the kiwi fruit slices and orange segments alternately around the outer edge of the dessert dishes.
- Distribute the raspberries on top of and around the kiwi slices and arrange segments.
- Distribute the grapes evenly around the edge of each dessert dish; six grapes per dish.
- Thinly slice the bananas and equally spread them round the pear onto of the other fruit. For three or less pears one banana should be sufficient; for four or more pears then use two bananas.
- Leave to stand to allow the pears to cool while you prepare and enjoy your main course and serve afterwards as dessert.
Step by step visual guide - Pear fruit salad and yogurt
A simple dessert recipe with pears peeled, cooked, allowed to cool and served as the centre piece to a tasty dessert dish set in yogurt and topped with soft fruits. As the pears need to cool before serving this dish is best prepared before or while you are preparing the main dish; left to stand and served after your main meal as a dessert.
Any variety and flavour of yogurt will form a tasty base to this delicious dish, and any combination of soft fruits (which you may have in your fruit bowl) may be used; although hard fruits, such as apples, are best left out.
The secret is a little of everything so that no one fruit overpowers the others; giving a multitude of tastes in every bite. Therefore one banana and a dozen grapes and an orange will be sufficient to fill two or three dessert dishes.
Alternative Recipe Ideas
Pears belong to the same family as apples so you might like to try this recipe with apples instead of pears. They don’t have to be cooking apples; eating apples would work just as well, and in fact might be more suitable as they are already sweet with natural sugars.
Refreshing Change to Simple Fruit Salads
With Fresh Soft Fruits from our Garden
We may buy most of our fruits from the supermarkets but we also grow our own in our back garden during the summer and on into the autumn. So simple fruit salads which are a regular treat at the beginning of the summer are less so by the end. Therefore, with a bumper crop of pears from our garden this year I wanted to serve something different with the pears that would excite the taste buds.
Pears do not ripen on the tree, they need to be picked in the autumn before they are ready and then allowed to ripen naturally, by which time the only fruits left in our back garden for harvesting was the autumn yellow raspberries. It was with these two ingredients in mind that I thumbed through our recipe books but finding nothing appealing other than a recipe that cooked the pears and turned the raspberries into a puree. I liked the idea of cooking the pears, but not of pureeing the raspberries, so I decided to keep the raspberries fresh and use yogurt instead. This recipe is based on that concept but also uses a selection of shop bought fruits to really spice up the menu making it a really tasty treat that certainly went down well with my family; and a recipe which I shall be using again next year.
This recipe works best with soft fruits (any soft fruit) rather than apples or any other hard fruits.
Experimenting with Fruit Dishes
When I want to do a fruit dish, one of the prime factors that determine exactly what dish I do is what’s available in the fruit bowl and in our garden. Of course, what’s available in the garden is very much dependent on the time of year.
Other factors that determine my final choice includes:-
- Time available, and
- What else I’ve planned for the menu
If I’ve decided to cook a big meal people may not want a big pudding, where if I’m just cooking ‘things on toast’ then a substantial pudding or fruit pie after the meal may go down nicely.
Once I’ve ascertained what fruits available, unless I get a sudden inspiration, I often then flick through the recipes books for ideas.
Although occasionally a cook book may have just the right recipe, more often than not it doesn’t; but usually it has something close enough for me to adapt e.g. using different ingredients to create something similar. For example, if the recipe says use currents and I don’t have any currents in the cupboard, then I’ll use raisins instead; or if it says use pear and I only have apple, then I’ll try the recipe with the apples instead.
Garnishing Set for Fruit and Veg
Fruit Cocktail or Fresh Fruit
Fruit Served in a Dish or Eaten Fresh
As part of healthy five a day eating, five fresh fruits and veg, fresh fruits from the fruit bowl or served as part of a fruit cocktail are both healthy ways of eating fresh fruits, but which way do you prefer to eat your fruits.
Fruit Eaten Fresh vs Served as a Dessert
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Arthur Russ
Leave your comments here - For a recipe of ideas
Arthur Russ (author) from England on June 16, 2017:
Thanks sousababy and Brecton for your feedback; and toasted pecans sounds like a delicious variation, something I wouldn't have thought of, but certainly a great idea.
Bercton1 on January 03, 2014:
Really nice combination of fruits and great recipe!
sousababy on December 30, 2013:
Sounds (and looks) like a tasty dessert and I do love pears - they are less acidic and creamy tasting when cooked. I'd probably omit the grapes and add some toasted pecans to this fabulous recipe.