Fruit Recipes

Especially in the summer months, it's a crime not to make the most of all those wonderful berries, just bursting with flavour. Delia gives them a starring role in a range of sublime desserts, cakes and special-occasion recipes.

 
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Tropical Fruit Salad in Planter's PunchServes 8

Tropical Fruit Salad in Planter's Punch

Fruit salad with a kick, based on a Caribbean cocktail of rum, fruit juices and spice: a mouthwatering way to end a summer meal and a good recipe when entertaining.

 
 
Spiced Apricot and Orange ChutneyMakes a 1¾ pint (1 litre) jar

Spiced Apricot and Orange Chutney

This is a superlative chutney: it makes an elegant accompaniment to the Terrine with Three Cheeses, is excellent with Pheasant Terrine and is the main ingredient for a wonderful sauce for Roast Loin of Pork. To sterilise the jar, wash it thoroughly i

 
 
A Confit of Redcurrants, Orange and MintServes 4

A Confit of Redcurrants, Orange and Mint

Perfect with lamb, this easy confit is a superb way to use up any gluts of redcurrants that may assail you during the summer!

 
 
Crisp Roast Duck with a Confit of Sour CherriesServes 4

Crisp Roast Duck with a Confit of Sour Cherries

This is it – the best method of roasting duck I've found to date, and of all the lovely sauces, this one – made with dried sour cherries – is the loveliest.

 
 
Spiced Preserved TangerinesMakes an 18 fl oz (500 ml) jar

Spiced Preserved Tangerines

What is a tangerine?, we have to ask ourselves nowadays: the word seems to apply to a whole variety of species. I have made this particular preserve with one called Suntina (from Israel), and with another variety called Mineola. Both of them make a r

 
 
Quick Bramble JellyMakes one 1 lb (350 ml capacity) preserving jar

Quick Bramble Jelly

This is not a jelly that will keep for long – perhaps only a month – but if you've been for a long walk in the autumn and returned with a harvest of brambles from the hedgerows, this recipe is so easy and quick to make and it does taste delicious.

 
 
Spiced Damson ChutneyMakes six 1 lb (350 ml capacity) jars

Spiced Damson Chutney

There are chutneys and chutneys, but this one is simply the best of all. It is something I couldn't live without, having it permanently on my shelf. I love it with cold cuts, with cheese, but best of all, sausages and jacket potatoes - dipping crisp,

 
 
Pineapple CoolerServes 6-8

Pineapple Cooler

Those who like to use up every bit of food will love this one as it makes use of the pineapple's skin to create a really refreshing summer drink.

 
 
Spiced Pickled Agen Prunes in ArmagnacMakes five 1 lb (350 ml capacity) jars

Spiced Pickled Agen Prunes in Armagnac

It's great to have a jar of these pickles in the cupboard to serve with cold meats or pates, but I think they also make a wonderful accompaniment to Crisp Roast Duck with Confit of Sour Cherries.

 
 
Not Quite a Pina ColadaServes 4

Not Quite a Pina Colada

A pina colada without the rum (below left), but still tasting deliciously creamy and looking every bit as good as the real thing.

 
 
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