Baked Fruit

by Lana Stuart on November 17, 2010 · 65 comments

Baked Fruit from @NevrEnoughThyme

Update: Congratulations to commenter #3, Dawn, winner of the handmade olive branch wreath from Lindsay Olives! I’ll contact Dawn for shipping information today.

I love being able to do an occasional giveaway on the blog. It’s my opportunity to give something back to readers who are so kind to take the time to stop by here, read what I write, and occasionally leave a comment. I’m really excited about this giveaway. It’s something I think you’ll love having in your home for the holidays and beyond. I’ll tell you all about it at the end of this post!

But first, here’s a great side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner. Some of you may think of this more as a dessert, but it’s traditional in our family to serve this Baked Fruit along with the turkey and other menu items. The contrast of a little sweet along with the savory is a very Southern thing. We do love our “sweet and salt” in the South – biscuits with a slice of ham and peach preserves, cream cheese with sweet-hot pepper jelly, baked fruit with turkey and dressing. Mmmmm.

This is a fall and winter recipe which uses canned fruits along with the typical cold weather spices of cinnamon, cloves and allspice. And when it’s cooking the fragrance will fill your home with a beautiful holiday scent! My mother makes a very similar baked fruit recipe using curry powder in addition to the other spices. If you want to add a little curry to yours, it will be fantastic, too.

2 15 oz. cans pineapple chunks, drained
1 15 oz. can each of pear halves, peach halves, and apricots, drained
1 small jar maraschino cherries, drained
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
4 tblsp. butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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Layer the drained fruits in a baking dish.

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In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, spices and butter. Heat until butter and sugar are completely melted.

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Pour the butter, sugar and spice mixture over the fruit.

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Mix lightly taking care not to break the fruit.

Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.

Enjoy!

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Hot, baked, spiced fruit. Great for winter holiday dinners.
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Ingredients
  • 2 15 oz. cans pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 15 oz. can each of pear halves, peach halves, and apricots, drained
  • 1 small jar maraschino cherries, drained
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. allspice
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • 4 tblsp. butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Layer the fruits in a 9x13 baking dish. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, spices and butter. Heat until butter and sugar are completely melted. Pour over fruit and mix lightly taking care not to break the fruit.
  2. Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.
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Olive Branch Wreath

CLOSED And now…the giveaway! I recently participated a recipe development opportunity sponsored by Lindsay Olives on Kitchen Play. You might remember the recipe – Olive-Rosemary French Toast. Well, just yesterday I received a beautiful handmade olive branch wreath from the nice folks at Lindsay Olives. And, believe me, it’s gorgeous. And fragrant! Along with olive branches there’s also fresh bay in the wreath.

And in addition to being just gorgeous, the proceeds from the sales of these wreaths are going to support the very worthy Meals on Wheels organization. Meals on Wheels works hard every day to eliminate hunger among senior citizens.

These wreaths are perfect holiday gifts for your hard-to-buy-for recipients. They’re individually handmade and shipped at the time of your order. Talk about a custom gift! They also dry to a silvery gray-green over time.

Because the people at Lindsay Olives are so sweet and generous, they’re also offering an opportunity for one of my readers to win one of these beautiful wreaths. If you’d like to enter your name for a chance (or five), keep reading below:

Each person can enter up to five times, but you MUST leave a separate comment for each entry to count.

To enter, simply do one or more of the following:

1. Leave a comment below telling me about your favorite Thanksgiving dish – the one that your family just can’t do without on the big day.

2. Go to Twitter and tweet the following:

I just entered to win a handmade olive branch wreath from @LStuart1954 & Lindsay Olives. Enter at http://tinyurl.com/3xps9m6

Come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you’ve done so.

3. “Like” NeverEnoughThyme on Facebook.

Come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you’ve done so.

4. “Like” Lindsay Olives on Facebook.

Come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you’ve done so.

5. Sign up for my RSS feed or Email Subscription (click the icon under “Follow Me” at the top of the page and follow the instructions there).

Come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you’ve done so.

That’s it! Five great chances to win!

**Contest is only open to US residents. Entries will end at midnight on Thursday, November 25. The winner will be determined by a random number generator. The winner will be contacted by email for shipping address and will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within the allotted time, a second drawing will be held.**

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1 Nutmeg Nanny November 17, 2010 at 11:57 am

That fruit looks great! I’m all about sweet and salty too :)

The giveaway is fantastic! I love the smell of fresh bay. My favorite Thanksgiving dish is cheesy potatoes. My hands down favorite!

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2 Nutmeg Nanny November 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

I “like” you on Facebook :)

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3 Dawn November 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm

That wreath would look great in my kitchen.
I have to make corn pudding every year for my son and 2 of his best friends who always share their second meal with us.

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4 Happier Than A Pig in Mud November 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Thank you for a chance at this beautiful give-away! My son’s and I just narrowed it down to 11 “must have” items for Thanksgiving. I’ll say this as our “one favorite” because they just go together turkey-gravy-mashed potatoes-peas:@)

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5 Renee (Kudos Kitchen) November 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Hi Lana,
Great giveaway and your recipe for the baked fruit looks wonderful. My favorite holiday side dish is something I’ve been making for the past 20 years or so and it’s a sweet and cheese onion casserole. SO good.
The olive wreath looks so pretty. I’d love to win it.

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6 Suzanne November 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm

My family can never get enough of my dressing at Thanksgiving! It is our favorite dish. We would miss the turkey and get over it, but Thanksgiving without my dressing is, well, just another day. LOL! Love your fruit here, too!!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I REALLY want one of these wreaths. Have order two to be sent to relatives this year!

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7 Suzanne November 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm

BTW, I have tweeted your post and giveaway!

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8 Suzanne November 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I “like” you on FB. :)

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9 Rocquie November 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Our family favorite for Thanksgiving is the one you published before–Dressing! We have cranberry sauce for the sweet element to our dinner, but your fruit sounds quite delicious.

I would love to win one of those gorgeous wreaths.

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10 Suzanne November 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I “like” Lindsay Olives on FB (and they are the only brand I will buy, BTW). We especially love their large black olives. YUM!

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11 Suzanne November 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm

AND, last but certainly not least, I am subscribed to your blog. Love it!!!!

Thanks, again!

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12 Rocquie November 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I already follow your blog and have for over a year. I even remember your old format.

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13 Suzanne November 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Last year I came up with a NEW tradition that I hope to keep tweaking as the years go on – savory sweet potato crisp. It involves baking chopped sweet potatoes with a topping inspired by that of a fruit crisp – but with herbs and bacon and nuts instead!

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14 Barbara @moderncomfortfood November 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Love your fruit bake as a side dish for Thanksgiving. My Southern family serves at least two sweet dishes with the main course: my mom’s pear “salad” (actually very much like a dessert mousse) and my own very favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner, fresh cranberry/orange relish. Since I’ve already met most of of your contest requirements, let me just share this post through Stumbleupon.

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15 Lee November 17, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Random question. Does anybody have a tried-and-true method for keeping brown sugar soft and fresh once you’ve opened the package? Thanks!

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16 Neena November 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I have found another twist to this recipe that I don’t think that I have shared with you. Years ago when I was in the florist business, our association published a cook book. One of the recipes was for sherried fruit. In recent years I have been leaving out the curry powder and putting in sherry( to the taste). Of course, you know me, if sherry isn’t at hand, I’ll add burbon or any whiskey. Your Mama is not a lush, just looking for flavor. Love you. What a wonderful job you are doing with this post.

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17 Paul Jones November 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Lana,

Hope you are doing fine and also hope to see you at the reunion. My favorite dish for Thanksgiving is homemade Chicken and Dumplings. Hand made dumplings, not the ones bought at the store.

Would enter for the wreath, but I haven’t gotten into twitter yet.

Paul

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18 Linda Bellino November 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm

The baked fruit dish sounds great. My family has to have baked mashed potaoe casserole with their turkey. Mom has to make a turkey no matter what else is planned. Love your site!

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19 Barbara Bakes November 18, 2010 at 8:48 am

I’m a meals on wheels volunteer. A great organization. I love Thanksgiving dinner, but my favorite part is the pies!

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20 Angela November 18, 2010 at 8:50 am

We always have dressing on Thanksgiving. We never make it much during the year but we love it during the holidays. We also make the baked fruit like yours with a little curry powder. You can tell we are both South Georgia girls!

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21 Jane November 18, 2010 at 8:54 am

I “like” you on Facebook!

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22 Jane November 18, 2010 at 8:54 am

I also “like” Lindsay Olives! Hope that I win.

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23 Angela November 18, 2010 at 8:58 am

I am subscribed now to your email list!

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24 Lana November 18, 2010 at 9:19 am

I want to thank everyone who has commented on this post so far. I wish I could reply back to so many of you, but it would mess up the comment count for the giveaway! I’m reading each and every one, though!!

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25 Texana November 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without stuffing! And friends at the table. We always try to invite someone who would otherwise be alone.

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26 Texana November 18, 2010 at 11:42 am

I liked you on facebook

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27 Texana November 18, 2010 at 11:44 am

I am already following your blog

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28 Jennifer Pace November 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I love sweet potato casserole with plenty of brown sugar and pecans on top- no marshmallows for me, please!

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29 megan November 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Oh your fruit looks so pretty. My favorite is the sweet potato cassarole! Love that stuff! Nice giveaway, I love that wreath an bet it smalls devine!

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30 megan November 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I like you on Facebook and I liked this wreath! :)

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31 megan November 18, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I tweeted! Did ya hear me??? ;)

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32 megan November 18, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I’m subscribed to your RSS feed!

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33 megan November 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I “like” Lindsey Olives on Facebook too!

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34 Christine November 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Stuffing is always a favorite during Thanksgiving dinner! I’ve been following your blog for a few months…thanks for some great ideas.

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35 Rhonda Russell November 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm

your fruit looks so good! My husband tryed the toasted pound cake for breakfast the other day and it was a YES! Thanks for that one, I would love to have the wreath I can just smell it from here. It wouldnt be Thanksgiving for me without mama’s dressing and sweet potatoe’s, they are mashed and the topping is raisin bran cereal and other goodies then baked ( i could just eat the top!) Love your blog.

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36 susitravl November 19, 2010 at 12:21 am

We enjoy the turkey, stuffing, potatoes and veggies but we LOVE the desserts and our favorite is a White Chocolate, Pecan, Cranberry Tart.
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37 susitravl November 19, 2010 at 12:23 am

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38 Debbie November 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm

My must have for Thanksgiving dinner is Brussel sprouts… My grandma who passed away in 1999 always put on the most amazing feast for us and she always had brussel sprouts. She only steamed them but I have been doing a huge dinner every year for the last 20 years and brussel sprouts always have to be on the table… just reminds me of gmas… EXCEPT.. I can’t just steam them.. I try a different crazy brussel sprout recipe every year.. this year I am doing Bobby Flays with pomagranate seeds and vanillas bean butter roasted brussels…

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39 Debbie November 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm

oh and by the way just found your blog, and pie is such a comfort food for me, found it from you pecan cheesecake pie recipe..Love your blog and will come back often…

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40 Debbie November 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I also love great wreathes especially when they benefit such a great cause like Meals on Wheels…

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41 Drick November 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Grandmother always put up (canned) pickled peaches for this very reason and we enjoyed them every holiday. Now I purchase a jar every season just for the taste even though they are not nearly as good…. love your baked fruit

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42 Sandie {A Bloggable Life} November 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Oh, that wreath is just too gorgeous. I would LOVE to win! I also love that proceeds go to help support Meals on Wheels. My grandmother is 87-years-old and still donates her time (through Meals on Wheels) to deliver food to other seniors in her community. I hope to be just as giving & able-bodied when I’m her age :)

As for the Thanksgiving recipe our family cannot do without: it’s dressing—my mother’s recipe, passed down from my grandmother. It’s so simple, yet so darn delicious. I also like my mother in law’s cranberry relish, but I’m the only one at home who likes it. That said, I always make a small batch just for me.

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43 Sandie {A Bloggable Life} November 19, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I not only “liked” Never Enough Thyme on Facebook, I favorited you too :)

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44 Sandie {A Bloggable Life} November 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Entry #3 – I re-tweeted your giveaway on Twitter!

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45 Angel S. November 20, 2010 at 5:30 am

Love the wreath and the cuase – nice! Can’t wait for stuffing on turkeyday!

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46 Deb November 20, 2010 at 7:35 am

I just found your delightful blog and have loved looking around here! I’d love to enter your giveaway….my favorite dish that we have at Thanksgiving is Sweet Potato Casserole. It’s definitely a must!

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47 Deb November 20, 2010 at 7:36 am

I just signed up to follow your blog via Bloglines. Thanks!

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48 hannah November 20, 2010 at 11:10 am

Beautiful Wreath! Cranberry Relish made with apples, oranges, nuts, raisins, and of course cranberries, is a favorite at our house!

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49 Elizabeth L November 20, 2010 at 11:34 am

Cornbread dressing is the one must have! Yum!

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50 Juli Jones November 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm

My favorite dish for thanksgiving has to be my grandmother’s recipe for dressing. yum!

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51 Juli Jones November 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I am a fan of lindsay olives on facebook.

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52 Juli Jones November 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I am a fan of neverenoughthyme on facebook.

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53 Juli Jones November 20, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I am a follower of your website :)

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54 Sarah G. November 20, 2010 at 2:02 pm

My favorite dish is a toss up between sweet potato casserole and dressing!

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55 Janet November 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I love sweet potato casserole and homemade stuffing with gravy! Delicious, I can’t wait!

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56 wendyvee November 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Not a Thanksgiving goes by without my favorite sidedish …. Calico Bean Casserole!

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57 Mrs. G November 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I’m a fan of Lindsay Olives on facebook.

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58 Mrs. G November 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I’m also a new subscriber of your blog. Found you from the link on The Pioneer Woman’s site. :)

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59 Mrs. G November 21, 2010 at 5:28 pm

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the sweet potato dish.

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60 kathy November 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I am a follower!

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61 kathy November 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm

My favorite Thanksgiving dish ever is Cornbread Dressing.

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62 betsy November 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I am a fan of Lindsay olives on FB

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63 betsy November 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I am a fan of never enough thyme on FB

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64 betsy November 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I love the stuffed celery at Thanksgiving.

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