Summer Baked Fruits with Coconut & Berry Crisp Topping

January 23, 2014

This has to be the easiest and most delicious dessert! Fresh, tasty and sweet.  Even the most decadent dessert lover we know (who mainly eats chocolate desserts) just loves this for a fresh and lighter summer option. Buy stone fruit - nectarines, peaches & plums that are ripe (our local fruit shop has a bargain bin and the stoned fruit are at their best for cooking - just avoid bruises and fizzy fruit). This dessert is also gluten free. In winter, replace summer fruits with cooking apples (e.g granny smith or ballarat), half them & cut out the core, then follow this recipe.


1/2 cup cream;

1/2 cup sugar (we use about 1/4 cup for a slightly less sweet option);

2 cups coarse coconut thread;

1/2 cup, approx, berries - blueberries or raspberries (we use frozen blackberries, chopped slightly - add while frozen);

6-8 stone fruit halves (cut in half, twist to split in two and then cut out the stone).


  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celcius.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine cream and sugar and simmer on a very low heat for 3 minutes (this seems unusual as cream splits but it does not matter for this recipe, just simmer, very gently);
  3. Cool, slightly and add the coconut. Mix together, then add the berries. Mix gently so the berries do not break up too much.
  4. Pile mixture into the stone cavity on each sone fruit half.
  5. Place the stone fruit in an ovenproof dish and bake for 45 minutes (until the tops are golden brown and the fruit is cooked). If the topping becomes too brown, add a layer of tinfoil over the top of the dish.
  6. Serve with yoghurt, cream, ice cream, or custard for an extra delicious dessert.  We have even poured a small helping of chocolate ganache on top of the accompanying vanilla ice cream for a decadent dessert.

Extra topping: We mix a teaspoon or two of castor sugar with a drop of vanilla to make vanilla sugar and sprinkle it on top of the toping before baking - it caramelises and gives the fruit a very subtle vanilla flavour.

Recipe derived from "Fuel for your Family - The Waihi Cooks", 2008.