Summer Desserts from Fruit

If the idea of grilled fruit doesn’t make your mouth water, then there’s something wrong with your salivary glands! Take for example Chef John’s Prosciutto Peaches. Some people think grilling prosciutto is a crime against nature, but if there is one exception, it’s this! The saltiness of the prosciutto and the sweetness of the peaches pairs beautifully, and the creamy burrata cheese and fresh basil make the perfect complement!

Food Network favorite Bobby Flay adds the prosciutto after the peaches are grilled, with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Ideal grilling fruits are firm and barely ripe. Pineapple, apples, peaches and pears can all take the heat. Soak them in liquor or drizzle with honey before grilling for an added burst of flavor.

fruitThis grilled pineapple recipe from Spruce is a deliciously juicy super-sweet confection après dinner. Just mix tequila, brown sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon together and baste the sliced pineapples with the marinade. After 10 minutes on the grill, top the hot slices with a scoop of ice cream and serve it warm!

Sometimes it’s the simplest recipe that delivers the most dramatic flavors, like grilled figs with goat cheese from Serious Eats. You could snack on these while you grill a pizza, but they make a great dessert, too, finished with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and sprig of rosemary.

Quick and Easy

A few days ago Delish came out with their collection of 44 quick and easy fruity desserts for summer. It’s the tastiest way to get the requisite number of servings of fruit into your daily diet! You’ll want to try the watermelon ice cream – it’s the most refreshing ice cream ever – and this triple berry cobbler that’s full of antioxidants, does your cells a favor but your taste buds will thank you, too!

As we swiped through the gallery, the Drunken Strawberries caught our eye. Have you heard of these? Soaking the strawberries in booze for an hour and then rolling them in sugar, will give you a sweet buzz.

fruitAnd we know you’ve heard of and likely tasted chocolate covered cherries and strawberries, but have you ever tasted chocolate dipped clementines? The super sweet seedless orange slices are dipped in melted semi-sweet chocolate chips and garnished with flaky sea salt. Is your mouth watering now?

Rhubarb is technically a vegetable, but it prefers to be treated as a fruit and is in season NOW. The bright red, deliciously tart veggie-fruit makes an easy and great-tasting pie using this straight-up New York Times recipe. And Food and Wine has seven irresistible dessert ideas for rhubarb including compote over cheesecake, risotto fritters or with crème fraiche.

And for a little butter and flour with your rhubarb, try the Delish recipe for a rhubarb upside-down cake. You may never go back to pineapple!

You know where to get great fruit, right? The Erie Farmer’s Market, of course, which is open every Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. You can browse and buy fresh fruits brought to you by Colorado farmers if you head to Briggs Street in historic downtown Erie between Moffatt and Wells.

Bearing Fruit at Colliers Hill

The concerted efforts by two of Colorado’s top builders have been bearing fruit in the master-planned community of Colliers Hill for three years! Explore the 10 beautiful model homes – from three different collections – built by Richmond American Homes  and Shea Homes and  With new ranch and two-story designs, these new homes are priced from the upper $300s to the $600s.