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ROASTED FRUIT WITH VANILLA ESSENCE

Roasted fruit

This is a delicious healthy dessert. The addition of a vanilla bean is so beautiful and intensifies the taste. Vanilla beans are usually found in small glass tubes at the cash register area of the grocery store or in the spice aisle. You can always use vanilla extract in its place.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or ½ vanilla bean
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 lb apples, peeled, pitted, sliced ¾-inch pieces
  • 2 pears, peeled, pitted, sliced ¾-inch pieces
  • 6 strawberries, quartered
  • 1 banana, cut into rounds
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Place sugar in small bowl. Slice vanilla been in half lengthwise. With the back of a knife, scrape out seeds and stir into sugar (the seeds will be sticky and paste-like). Cut the bean in 2 inch pieces and add to the sugar vanilla mixture.
  3. Arrange the fruit in a large baking dish, sprinkle with lemon juice, spread the butter pieces everywhere and drizzle the sugar mixture over the fruit and scatter the pods through the fruit.
  4. Roast the fruit, brushing it occasionally throughout the cooking, until the fruit is tender and glazed (about 20-40 mins.) and the juices are thick and syrupy. If the syrup evaporates too quickly, add a little more water.

Make Ahead Tip: This can be prepared several hours or a day or so in advance and reheated in a warm oven, stirring occasionally.

Makes 6 servings

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About Carolyn Cohen

Carolyn Cohen, Natural Foods Chef, has owned and operated DELICIOUSDISH Cooking School for the last 15 years. DELICIOUSDISH Cooking School specializes in whole natural food HOME cooking, meal panning, and healthy eating. CAROLYN also owns DELICIOUSNUTRITION, a nutrition based culinary school specializing in holistic health and nutrition. Classes focus on clean-eating programs, superfoods and classes targeting specific health concerns and goals. Carolyn, is an Occupational Therapist by training who left her practice to pursue her passion - cooking. She started cooking at a very young age, and takes great pride in planning both simple, everyday meals and menus you can entertain with. Her informative and casual teaching style has inspired people to become great cooks and to enjoy being in the kitchen.

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