One of the things I look forward to the most during Easter is the abundance of fresh fruit. Easter usually falls around the time when the first of the year’s in-season fruit makes its way to the markets. This year, I plan to bring one of these delicious fruit dishes to Easter brunch. I know it’ll be a hit!
Clafouti is a French dish that mixes a dense batter that is similar to flan with fresh fruit. Traditionally, it uses pitted cherries. However, you can use any fruit you desire. For this time of year, strawberries also make an excellent choice. No matter which Clafouti recipe you use, you can always use any fruit you desire.
Strawberry shortcake is one of those classic desserts that I always associated with Easter. What I love about it is that you can use vanilla cake, angel food cake, and even biscuits as the base. All you need to do is top it with strawberries and then finish it off with whipped cream. For an extra special treat, I like to make the whipped cream from scratch by beating heavy whipping cream with one teaspoon vanilla extract and a tablespoon of granulated sugar until stiff peaks form.
Trifles are not only fun to eat, they’re also fun to make! When it comes to trifles, you can dream up any combination you want. Typically, layers of cake, cookies, or brownies are alternated with things like fruit, candy, and whipped topping. My personal favorite is layers of fruit alternated with cake and whipped cream! This recipe includes layers of angel food cake, whipped cream, and fresh berries. If you want to make a strawberry shortcake trifle, omit the other berries and just use strawberries.
You can make a pie out of nearly any fruit you can find. In fact, at this time of year, strawberry rhubarb pie is usually the dessert of choice. I actually have rhubarbs growing in my backyard. When it’s time to pick them, I wash them and make a few of these delicious pies. Though, if you’re going to Easter brunch, you can bring any kind of pie that you like. Apple pie, for example, is a year round classic.
Fruit and cheesecake go together nicely. I like to top classic cheesecake with fresh peaches or fresh raspberries and whipped cream. You can also bake the cheesecake with fruit right inside it. Cheesecake is a real crowd pleaser. Don’t be surprised if there’s none left over for you to take home!