If using frozen fruit, be sure you get "flash-frozen" or "individually quick frozen" fruit, not fruit in syrup. From The Grand Central Baking Book_ by Piper Davis and Ellen Jackson, as adapted by Caroline Russock at Serious Eats. http://bit.ly/bYeQ8C
If you've never made cranberry relish, you are going to be amazed at how quick and easy it is. The entire process takes about 15 minutes.
In this version, I have avoided using oodles of refined sugar by cooking the cranberries in orange juice concentrate and adding some raisins. Crystallized ginger gives this relish special zest.
Apples and cheddar cheese are a classic combination. Try this cobbler! It tastes best the day it's made.
Adapted from _Rustic Fruit Desserts_ by Julie Richardson and Cory Schreiber, as reprinted at Serious Eats by Caroline Russock - http://tinyurl.com/oud4kh
A recipe by Kerry Saretsky, as published at Serious Eats. This can be lunch, an appetizer, dessert, or a cheese course. You could substitute Stilton or Gorgonzola for the Roquefort for a different flavor. The pears should be perfectly ripe, neither too hard nor too soft, and absolutely sweet. Any variety will do, as long as it meets those criteria. Since the Sauternes is cooked, it need not be a very expensive bottle (it can be pricy).
Clafouti is usually served as a dessert, but upping the egg content just a little bit makes it into a nice brunch entry. This will adapt to almost any fruit you have on hand – pitted cherries, blackberries, blueberries, diced peaches, even cranberries (though cranberries will need more sugar). Any liquor or liqueur – from brandy to triple sec to amaretto – will do, so experiment with flavors. Adapted by Michele Humes at Serious Eats, from a recipe in _Baking Unplugged_ by Nicole Rees.
Adapted from a recipe by Tyler Florence in _Stirring the Pot_, as published at http://tinyurl.com/deb7f5 Original recipe calls for brioche; I put the challah first to get reasonable nutritional information (brioche is not in the database).