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Grilled Fruit Skewers with Honey Cinnamon Glaze

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These Grilled Fruit Skewers with Honey Cinnamon Glaze are a summertime treat. If you’ve never grilled fruit make this the summer you try it.

Grilling is a good way to make the most of the nice weather outside and we grill everything from salad to dessert. Fruit skewers can be made in advance and although they are delicious on their own, cooking fruit on the grill adds an extra dimension to the taste. A little bit of char, the juiciness of the fruit and the extra sweetness from a honey cinnamon glaze makes for a fabulous and simple dessert.

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To Glaze or Not To Glaze

Fruit is sweet on it’s own so it can be served without the glaze. For me to consider it a dessert for company I feel like it should have the glaze as well as some creamy vanilla ice cream to perfectly complement the textures and taste.

Later in the summer I might skip the glaze and simply drizzle grilled fruit (especially peaches) with my homemade raspberry sauce. I make it once every summer using raspberries from my garden and year after year it seems like a decadent treat.

Raspberry Sauce, perfect to pour over ice cream, brownies or grilled peaches.
Raspberry Sauce -photo credit Jim Little

Reusable Grilling Sheets For The Barbecue

Do you have a reusable grilling sheet? Similar to the reusable baking sheets for the oven, they are specifically designed to use on a barbecue. They provide a clean cooking surface, can be cut to any size you want and the cooked food still has nice grill marks. These are ideal for anyone concerned about cross contamination on any kind of grill. I have the Cookina Reusable Grilling Sheet.

Get The Tools

The reusable grilling sheet is a fabulous but there are a few extra items that make it easy to throw together a fabulous presentation. Here are a few ideas:

  • -The 10-inch bamboo skewers are a little harder to work with but I like them for a smaller crowd where each guest will be served one skewer.
  • -For a bigger crowd the 4-inch or 6-inch bamboo skewers work well. They also look nice even with two fruits like pineapple and strawberries.
  • -I do own a very basic strawberry huller and I sometimes refer to it (fondly) as the most useless tool in my kitchen. It works and it doesn’t take up much space, but I rarely use it. Then I made these skewers and of course it was the perfect tool. I found this high end strawberry huller on Amazon , a step up from mine but I’m not buying it.
  • -Every kitchen needs serving trays and platters; round, square, rectangular  and even tiered serving trays. Plain white and clear glass go with everything but I’ve seen many beautiful serving platters I’d love to own.
  • -For outdoors and kid friendly events non-breakable serving platters and trays are ideal. Clear, colourful or white rectangular trays are great or even supersize trays for serious entertainers or big families.
  • -Some items will last for decades so when you can invest in items you really love. I found wooden slab trays, compartment trays with lids, colourful melamine trays and on and on.
  • -If you like to entertain with “some assembly required” items this 4-compartment appetizer tray is perfect for setting out cut fruit and having people assemble their own skewers.

Platters can be used to hold a lot of food but don’t forget to use them for smaller gatherings too. Arrange the food more artfully and you have a beautiful, colourful presentation with minimal effort.

Let me know in the comments below what fruits you like to grill and what you served with it.


More Grilled Dessert Recipes

Grilled Peaches

Grilled Peaches right off the grill
Grilled Peaches -photo credit Jim Little

 

Ingredients

HONEY CINNAMON GLAZE
¼ cup honey
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
FRUIT
Cut up fruit – pineapple, peaches, mango, whole strawberries, kiwi or any fruit you like
oil for grilling
ACCOMPANIMENTS - vanilla ice cream

Directions

1
Soak bamboo skewers for 30 minutes.
2
Preheat barbecue.
3
Assemble fruit on skewers in any pattern you like.
4
GLAZE – Mix honey, lemon juice and cinnamon in a small bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds if needed.
5
Brush glaze on one side of the fruit skewers.
6
Brush grill with oil. Oil the bottom of a flat plate. Gently rub unglazed side of each skewer in oil then place on grill. Cook 2-4 minutes until slightly charred.
7
Carefully turn each skewer and brush with additional glaze. Cook another 2-4 minutes until charred but not falling off the skewer.
8
Serve plain or with vanilla ice cream.

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