12 Desserts That Make a Case for Cooked Fruit

Every other Friday, Yossy Arefi from Apt. 2B Baking Co. shares dessert projects that demand a little extra time and effort. Because your weekends should always be sweet.

Today: Fruit is great. Fruit desserts are better. 

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We're not saying we don't have fantasies about eating a perfectly ripe peach, plucked right from its tree and still warm from the sun. Or that cartons of blueberries don't bring us glee. But there's something to be said about the alchemy that happens when fruit meets sugar. Take apricots, for example: They're great on their own, but put them in a pie covered with crumble and suddenly, almost magically, they're juicier than you could've imagined.

Here are 12 desserts that prove fruit tastes better cooked with a little (or a lot of) sugar:

Apricot and Peach Crumb Pie 


Cherry Almond Crumb Cake


Rye Shortcakes with Roasted Strawberries and Rhubarb


Late Summer Trifle 


Pear Galettes with Spelt Crusts


Berry and Frangipane Tartlets


Brioche Stuffed with Apple and Pear


Blueberry and Rye Slab Pie


Meyer Lemon Eclairs


Fresh Apricot Compote with Vanilla Bean 


Quine Tarte Tatin


Rhubarb and Gin Sorbet with Rose Cream

What's your favorite fruit dessert? Tell us in the comments below!

Photos by Yossy Arefi and James Ransom

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Auntie L. August 1, 2015
I love pears baked in cream with sugar and butter on the top...
molly Y. July 31, 2015
i am so in love with these photos!!! especially those trifles and eclairs!!!! so beautiful.
Bella B. July 31, 2015
The tartlets look delicious!