Grilling dessert

It was such a beautiful (if slightly warm) night to be grilling and eating outside at sunset.  My sous chef and I grilled romaine, potatoes with scallions, and chicken (with Penzey’s Florida Seasoned Pepper mix).  With that we have used up about 95% of our CSA box for the week – only a few scallions left.

I also grilled my favorite summertime go-to dessert, which I thought I would share with everyone tonight.  Step 1: toss whatever fruit you have in a baking dish or individual ramekins (tonight I had peaches, banana, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries).  I like to use ramekins, and I wrap the bottoms in aluminum foil to protect them on the grill.

Step 2: Mix 1/3 c. sugar, 1/4 c. brown sugar, 1/2 c. flour, 1 t. cinnamon, 1 t. nutmeg, and a pinch of salt.  Cut in a stick of cold butter to make a crumbly streusel topping.  Sprinkle liberally on top of the fruit.

Step 3: When you serve dinner, put the dishes on the grill with indirect, low heat.  The joy of this recipe is that it can be on the grill anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes without any real problems.  So you can just relax and enjoy dinner while keeping one eye on dessert.  (Also, I often prepare the fruit and streusel well in advance and leave it in the refrigerator.  It’s my go-to dessert because it’s easy, fail-safe, and delicious.)

Step 4: Serve with ice cream and enjoy.  (By the way, this dish is at its absolute best if you can convince your fantastic neighbors to make cinnamon ice cream to serve with it!)


5 thoughts on “Grilling dessert

  1. jeffchild

    Ummm in case there’s any confusion….that’s right I’m the cute sous chef haha…..I cut a mean fruit and can wish like none other – woot woot! This is my favorite grilled dessert. Yes, I have favorite dessert categories.

  2. carolyngalizio

    Thanks Tom for sharing this recipe! I do remember having it at your house and I can vouch for its deliciousness and the time Kim made cinnamon ice cream to go with it! He will have to do that again soon.
    Did either Jeff or Bethy know that I won our local spelling bee in 5th or 6th grade, so you can always ask me how to spell something as long as it is a 6th grade word or under!

  3. andrewsbeth

    Ha ha Jeff! I too am happy I am not alone in the spelling area! I still ask my sister how to spell things!

    I am going to make this recipe the next time the kids come over. Melissa loves grilled fruit. I would never have thought of putting ramekins on the grill. That is so perfect because you don’t have to heat up the house with the oven! Great tip with the foil.


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