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Awesome pot luck dessert idea using fruit for cooking club?

Hello! I have a cooking club meeting next week and signed up to make a dessert. The theme is fruit and so all dishes should use fruit.

I am totally not a dessert person, so I am freaking out a bit. I love eating desserts, but rarely make them.

Any suggestions for an impressive dessert that uses fruit, but is not too terribly difficult to make?

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  1. Fruit pizza is fun and tasty!

    1. Three thoughts

      - Trifle - layers of fruit, pound/sponge cake and cream anglais
      - Poached pears in red wine with a cream anglais
      - Molten chocolate cake or souffle with raspberry sauce

      All are very impressive, tasty, and extremely easy (and some ingredients can even be purchased).

      Recipes on request.

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      1. re: alwayscooking

        I second trifle. Makes a great pot luck dessert. :)

      2. Fresh pineapple is in season; at least it's available here at good prices.
        Peel, core and cut pineapple into rings about two - four inches tall. Cut out the center (core) area to facilitate filling with chunks of mango, cherries, papaya, fresh or shredded coconut (that's had a soak in milk or water, then drained) and a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream melting over the top. Top with mint leaf.
        Maybe use the coconut as a base upon which to perch the rest of the recipe.
        OR
        Use a spray bottle to spray slices of pound cake with brandy, rum, etc. and sprinkle with sugar. Cut into strips and line a bowl with these. Press into place so they don't move. Spread cake pieces with ground almonds and fill the remainder of the cavity with mixed fruit (strawberries, blue berries, whatever you have available) mixed with whipped cream. Cool in fridge for at least six hours (covered) then remove from fridge, invert to unmold, slice and serve.

        1. my first thoughts:
          - poached fruit - alwayscooking beat me to that one ;)
          - chocolate-dipped fresh or dried fruit
          - frozen banana chunks dipped in chocolate & rolled in chopped nuts, crushed pretzels, cookie crumbs, etc.
          - sorbet
          - fruit salad with dressing
          some other ideas in here...

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          1. Crepes, are the best, and you can make the crepes in advance and assemple there. Or you can make a dish of say, lemon cream crepes The fillings you could make if you want to make them at the time are endless; nutella, apple, pear, peach, strawberries with grand marnier, grapes, oh the list goes on. They are so easy to make, and so delicious. Make a nice Creme Anglaise, or make a whipped cream for the fruit and or chocolate.