Luscious Fall Fruit Desserts

Celebrate the season with cakes, pies, and tarts brimming with robust fall fruits -- apples, pears, plums, and more.


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Hazelnut-Pear Torte with Dulce de Leche Frosting

    Beat dulce de leche -- a milky, silky caramel sauce -- into cream cheese frosting, then layer it with buttery sauteed pears and four tiers of nut torte for a companyworthy dessert.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
Cool   10 mins 
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Applesauce Doughnuts

    Put a breakfast spin on dessert and serve these cinnamon-laced doughnuts on top of applesauce with a side of whipped cream for dipping.

Serving size: 20 doughnuts and holes
Prep   50 mins 
Cook   45 mins (applesauce); 2 minutes per batch (doughnuts)
Chill  1 hr 
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Spicy Autumn Fruits Cobbler with Graham Cracker Biscuits

    Nutmeg-spiced pears, cranberries, and raisins are topped with a sweet biscuit crust.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   25 mins  375°F 
Cool   25 mins 
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Banana-Clementine Wacky Cake with Pomegranate Sauce

    Clementine peel brightens this moist banana-nut cake.

Makes: 9 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
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Rustic Pear Tart with Saffron Pastry

    A flavorful fruit filling of pears and dried cherries pairs beautifully with rich saffron dough.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Stand   15 mins 
Chill   30 mins to 3 days
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Berry-Walnut Upside-Down Cake

    Ginger adds subtle zing to this sticky-sweet cake.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Stand   5 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
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Five-Spice Pear Pie Bars

    A Chinese spice blend made of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, star anise, and Szechwan peppercorns puts a unique spin on these cakelike bars.

Serving size: 32 bars
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   45 mins  350°F 
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Fig and Pear Cobbler with Cornmeal-Amaretti Biscuits

    Almond-flavored biscuits top cinnamon- and coriander-spiced figs and pears.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   35 mins 
Cool   30 mins 
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Maple Cheesecake with Maple-Glazed Pears and Cranberries

    Combine 4 cups of pears with dried cranberries, maple syrup, and cinnamon for an irresistible cheesecake topping.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Bake   35 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 45 mins 
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Toffee-Pear Sticky Pudding

    A warm and buttery sauce with fresh pear slices tops date-studded pudding cake.

Makes: 9 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   40 mins  350°F 
Cool   10 mins 
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Harvest Carrot Cake with Skillet Fruit

    Cooked pears, kumquats, cranberries, and toasted pecans top this moist pumpkin cake. A buttercream frosting makes it irresistibly sweet.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   30 mins  to  35 mins  350°F 
Cool   15 mins 
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Pear-Plum Pie

    Buttery pastry is filled with cinnamon-spiced fruit. "Adding plums gives this pie color and luscious flavor," says pastry chef and recipe developer Alan Carter.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake  1 hr 20 mins  375°F 
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Vanilla Tart with Nutmeg Crust and Spiced Pears

    Pour creamy vanilla custard over a tender cookie crust and top with brandy-soaked pears for an elegant dessert.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
Cool  1 hr 
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Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread

    Serve this gorgeous pear cake at a fall dinner party. For best results, choose pears that have just begun to ripen.

Makes: 9 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   35 mins  to  40 mins  350°F 
Cool   5 mins 
15/20
Apple Pear Tart

    The crust for this scrumptious pear and apple tart starts with crushed cookies, making it a simple dessert to bake.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
Cook   10 mins 
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Chocolate-Pear Spice Cake

    Homemade pear chips top this chocolaty, nutmeg-spiced cake.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake  1 hr  350° 
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Pear Gingerbread Tart

    A tender gingerbread crust is filled with cream cheese and orange marmalade, and topped with sweet pears.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   12 mins  375°F 
Chill  1 hr  to 4 hrs 
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Cranberry-Pear Walnut Cake

    Cinnamon-spiced cake is filled with cranberries, pear slices, and walnuts, and topped with a buttery caramel sauce.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   45 mins  to  50 mins  350°F 
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Baby Cheesecakes with Toffee Pears

    This spin on the classic flavor combination of pears and blue cheese makes for a mouthwatering dessert that's a must-try.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Cool   30 mins 
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