Do you have a “go-to” fruit dessert?

At this time of year when we have an abundance of cherries, berries, apricots and peaches, fruit dessert looms large in our lives.

But we’re busy people (and, truth be told, not gourmet cooks), so when it comes to recipes, the simpler the better.

Summer berries are perfect for this dessert
Summer berries are perfect for this dessert

We thought we’d share one of our current favourites. It literally takes about 5 minutes to prepare, is flexible, delicious, and is (just) fancy enough to serve to guests.

But we’re also seeking inspiration…

We’ve literally had a version of this dessert every night for the last week.

It’s good, but not so good that we wouldn’t be happy to try something new.

If you have a favourite fruit dessert, please save us from ourselves and send us the recipe. With a photo if possible, but without is fine too. We’ll share them with our fruit-loving audience, so only send them if you’re happy to have them published (with your first name unless you tell us otherwise).

“Recipe” is even a bit too grand for what we’re about to share, but that’s only because it’s so flexible.

The key is the sauce, and we usually make it with berries, but you can even substitute other fruit for this part of the dessert and it would still be amazing.

In fact, that’s what we’ve done in example we’ve shared in this blog (and it was delicious).

We’re hoping we haven’t built up your expectations too much – did we mention it’s REALLY simple?

Let’s start with the fruit.

Katie picking apricots
Katie picking apricots

If possible, head out to your garden and pick whatever fruit is ripe and ready to eat.

Berries are a perfect base for the sauce, but you can use anything you can get your hands on. (If you don’t have anything ripe in your garden at the moment, you might want to revisit your orchard planning and get some early varieties planted or grafted onto existing fruit trees next winter. Have a look at this planning tool to help you figure out what to add.)

Freshly picked berries waiting to be turned into a delicious dessert
Freshly picked berries waiting to be turned into a delicious dessert

Preparing the sauce for your fruit dessert

1 cup raspberries, strawberries, mulberries – or a mixture
1/4 cup sugar (or more to taste if the berries are a bit sour)

  1. If you’re using fruit other than berries (like apricots, in the photo below), first cut it into smallish cubes.
  2. Put the fruit and sugar in a small saucepan, and heat gently, crushing the fruit with the wooden spoon as you stir.
  3. There’s no need to add any water if you’re using berries. The juice will come out of the fruit as you crush it, and the sugar will melt, to quickly make a quite thick and chunky sweet sauce. If you’re using other fruit you may want to add a dash of water to stop it sticking.
  4. Gently simmer for a few minutes until the fruit is broken down but still recognisable.
  5. Take off the heat and set aside.
Apricots and sugar simmering to make the fruit sauce for dessert
Apricots and sugar simmering to make the fruit sauce for dessert

Making the dessert

Sliced fresh fruit, at least 1/2 cup per person
1 cup yoghurt
1/2 cup cream
Chopped mixed nuts

Stone fruit is best to really celebrate summer, so think apricots, peaches, nectarines, any type of berries, or cherries. Honestly, you can use anything. Mango, bananas, loquats, even orange is completely delicious.

We had some stewed rhubarb in the fridge, so we added that as well.

Nuts similarly can be whatever takes your fancy. We usually use a mix of walnuts, almonds and pistachios (because we grow them or can source them locally), but just use your favourite nuts. You can also add seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame) to the mix if that floats your boat.

You can either make individual desserts or if you prefer, make the whole thing on one platter and let people help themselves. We usually go with the individual bowls so there’s no fighting over who gets the last spoonful.

  1. Distribute the fruit evenly in the bowls
  2. Pour over the fruit sauce to cover as much of the fruit as possible
  3. Mix a little of the cream in with the yoghurt to make it nice and creamy
  4. Put a big dollop of yoghurt on top of the fruit
  5. Pour the cream around the edge of the yoghurt
  6. Sprinkle liberally with the nuts

And then eat it.

We did warn you it was simple. As you’re reading this you’re probably imagining all sorts of modifications – please try them, take a photo, and then share them with us!