Advice: If ever in doubt about summertime food, throw on some fresh fruit. It’s like the little black dress—always tasteful.
Plus it’s more crazy gorgeous than anything you can possibly create. I love how Jesus unites such lush color and flavor and texture.
You can layer fresh fruit atop cakes, cookies, cheesecakes, or salads. For use with desserts, I like to make a simple glaze to brush on top, which gives it that finished, glossy look.
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. corn starch
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
Stir the first three ingredients in a saucepan. Boil over medium heat till thick and almost clear. Stir in lemon juice. Cool. Brush over fruit with a pastry brush.
Here’s a fun way to cut pineapple, taught to me by my mother.
1. Quarter a whole pineapple, including the green top.
2. Cut between the flesh and the core, from each side. The core will remain attached to the pineapple, as a long square strip.
3. Cut between the flesh and the rind, from each side.
4. Slice up the chunk in the middle.
5. Push the (now free-floating) slices in alternate directions.
Enjoy! This makes a pretty addition to a fresh fruit tray.
What do you like to do with fruit?