Baked Fruit is a great Thanksgiving side dish of baked winter fruits with brown sugar and spices. A nice complement to the savory sides.
If you're planning your Thanksgiving dinner and need another idea for a side dish, I'm here to help! 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 savory 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. Yum.
This is a fall and winter recipe which uses canned fruits along with the warm 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.
How to Make Baked Fruit
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Layer the drained fruits in a baking dish.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, spices and butter. Heat until the butter and sugar are completely melted.
Pour the butter, sugar, and spice mixture over the fruit.
Mix lightly taking care not to break the fruit.
Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.
More Southern Side Dishes on Never Enough Thyme:
- Blueberry Jello Salad
- Polly's Pink Stuff (Raspberry Jello Mold)
- Lime Congealed Salad
- Old Fashioned Southern Green Beans
Baked Fruit Recipes from Other Bloggers:
- Easy Roasted Fruit Recipe from She Wears Many Hats
- Caramel Peaches with Pecans from Simple Bites
- Roasted Fruit with Honey, Pomegranate Molasses, and Port from OMG Yummy
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- 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
- 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.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.
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Lana Stuart is the cook and occasional traveler here at Never Enough Thyme. Lana has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove and started this blog in 2009 to share her delicious home cooking recipes. You'll find about 700 recipes here so there's sure to be something your family will like!
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