Roasted Fruit with Streusel Topping

Fact: this is one of the easiest desserts I’ve made in…well…ever.

Fact: this is one of the most elegant desserts I’ve made in…well…ever.

this is one of the most uniquely delicious desserts I’ve made in…well…ever.

Am I getting my point across yet?

Seriously, who knew that simple roasted fruit with a light, buttery streusel topping could develop into such sweet, juicy gloriousness? Served with creamy vanilla ice cream, and this dessert has shot to the top of the charts in all categories relating to impressiveness, ease, and major yum factor. I’m forever indebted to my Aunt Marilyn and her friend Brittany for blessing my life with this beautiful dessert. It would be splendid at the end of a holiday meal but would also be fantastic at a potluck, brunch or simple family meal.

To say this was well-received when I served it to our guests would be a huge understatement. They thought I was brilliant. Cutting edge. Gourmet. Ha! Sure fooled them.

Roasted Fruit with Streusel Topping

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Roasted Fruit with Streusel Topping

Yield: Serves 6-8

Roasted Fruit with Streusel Topping


  • 4-5 ripe nectarines
  • 4-5 ripe red or purple plums
  • Sugar, for sprinkling
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups lightly sweetened cold cereal, like Honey Bunches of Oats


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch pan. Cut each piece of fruit in half and remove the seed/pit. Place the fruit flesh-side up in the baking pan. Nestle all the fruit together tightly to fit in the pan. Lightly sprinkle the fruit with about 1-2 teaspoons sugar.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the cereal and melted butter. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the fruit. Bake the fruit for 30 minutes until the fruit is tender and hot. (To test, pierce one of the pieces of fruit with a fork. If the fork slides into the flesh easily, the fruit is done baking.) Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Recipe Source: from Aunt Marilyn by way of her friend, Brittany

12 Responses to Roasted Fruit with Streusel Topping

  1. Mel says:

    Carolyn – I’ve never tried apples but I definitely think it’s worth a try. Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

  2. Carolyn Cutler says:

    Could you substitute for different fruit? I live in New England and have more apples than I know what to do with, would they work?

  3. grace says:

    easy and delicious are important qualities; elegant is just an added bonus. good stuff, mel!

  4. Vivienne says:

    Sometimes it’s the simplest desserts that blows your mind! Just looking at the pics I can imagine how delicious it is….warm juicy fruits paired with the crunchy topping…yummm!

  5. JJ says:

    I’ve done something similar where I grill the same fruits then drizzle with a reduction of balsamic vinegar & sugar. Top it off with vanilla ice-cream and it makes a great summertime dessert. Try it next BBQ season.

  6. This looks amazing and SO simple. I’d love to try it with quince if I can get some. Thanks!

  7. Heather says:

    mmmm….sounds so good! definitely will be trying this one!

  8. Kelli says:

    I was sold with cereal as a topping. Looks fabulous and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the idea.

  9. Abby says:

    I think this also could very easily be considered a healthy dessert!

  10. Kim in MD says:

    Roasting makes everything taste better, doesn’t it? I love the simple elegance of this dessert!

  11. briarrose says:

    Looks delicious. The cereal topping as a quick streusel is an excellent idea…I will have to remember that. 😉

  12. I love roasted fruit so much.

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