Delicious dessert recipes from Tru-Cape


  • 4 apples (preferably Golden Delicious)
  • 4 large pears (preferably Bon Chretien)
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 250g sugar
  • juice of 3-4 large oranges or 375ml fresh orange juice
  • zest of ½ orange, finely grated
  • ½t vanilla extract
  • 2 drops almond essence
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2T fresh ginger, finely sliced (optional)
  • 500ml double cream plain yoghurt (optional, to serve)
  • 60ml ricotta cheese (optional, to serve)
  • 60ml blue cheese (optional, to serve)


  1. Peel apples, remove core and cut in half horizontally. Peel pears, cut in half and remove core.
  2. Place fruit in a bowl of water with lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Drain and arrange in neat rows in a deep ovenproof baking dish (the fruit should fit snugly in one layer).
  3. Mix half of the sugar with the orange juice, orange zest and essences. Pour this mixture over the fruit, then sprinkle the remaining half of sugar over the top.
  4. Place the cinnamon and ginger between the fruit. Cover the dish with foil and bake at 180°C for about 30 minutes or until fruit has softened but still retains shape.
  5. Remove the foil and place under a hot oven grill until the fruit are glazed and very lightly charred. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

To serve: spoon fruit into wide, shallow soup plates and pour syrup over. Serve with a dollop of yoghurt – or yoghurt mixed with equal parts ricotta cheese and blue cheese and then frozen for an hour or two.

Recipe credit: Fresh & Healthy, Annette Kesler