Whether you freeze it yourself at the height of its season or simply pick up a bag from the grocery store, frozen fruit works wonderfully as a substitute for fresh in all kinds of pies, tarts, cakes, and crisps. Here are 15 treats featuring summer fruits that you can make and enjoy even in the depths of winter.
Frozen cherries and orange blossom water make a deliciously sweet topping for creamy baked ricotta.
Strawberries and cream combine in a simple, bright mousse that can be eaten chilled or made a day ahead and frozen.
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A sticky biscuit dough is dropped onto blueberries in this classic New England dessert, which is called a “slump,” “grunt,” or “cobbler,” depending on who you’re asking.
This summery pie can be made any time of year by substituting frozen, thawed raspberries and peaches for fresh fruit.
Sweet and tangy, this Hungarian cake pairs perfectly with coffee. Frozen and thawed cherries can be used whenever fresh sour cherries are not in season.
Stone Fruit Pie
This recipe was developed by Border Grill chef Mary Sue Milliken, who says “At my restaurant, I use pastry flour for pie crusts, but I commonly find myself without at home, so here I’ve substituted all-purpose flour and cornstarch to achieve the same crispy tenderness. I love freezing fruit at its peak—sliced, sugared, and juicy, with tapioca added—so that a blast of summer is at my fingertips in the dead of winter.” If it’s winter and you haven’t frozen your own stone fruits, you can buy the pre-frozen, bagged versions readily available at most groceries.
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A cousin of the cobbler, this dessert is served at the Four Swallows restaurant on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Frozen, thawed blackberries work well when fresh berries aren’t in season.
Frozen blueberries are a fine substitute for fresh huckleberries in an easy baked crisp. Serve with crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream.
Fluffy biscuits top warm, baked fruit in a quick cobbler flavored with cinnamon and almond extract. **
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Less sweet than many other rice puddings, this Swedish version includes a fresh berry sauce that can be made with either fresh or frozen raspberries.
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Cherries Jubilee is typically flambéed tableside, both for presentation and to ensure the sauce is piping hot when poured over vanilla ice cream.
Meggyleves (Hungarian Chilled Cherry Soup)
Frozen bing cherries can substitute fresh sour cherries in a Hungarian dish that’s dessert disguised as a soup.
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Ginger Peach Pie
A touch of spicy ginger and cinnamon add warmth and depth to sweet peaches. Frozen and thawed peaches can be substituted for fresh peaches; you may need to adjust the amount of sugar, depending on their sweetness. **
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A lighter-than-air filling made from fresh or frozen raspberries and whipped cream takes center stage in a classic French bistro dessert.
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