Hasselback Fall Fruit Platter

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Hasselback Fall Fruit Platter with baked hasselback apples and pears with homemade maple granola. A perfect seasonal autumn fruit pickable platter.

It’s officially fall! Okay, it’s been officially fall for about a week now but I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and August – October is (un)officially our summer time. June and July are cloudy and overcast but the sun is hot and shining in August, September and October. So when the rest of the country starts celebrating pumpkins spice lattes and all things autumn, I’m still in what feels like the thick of summer.

Did I really just start out this post talking about the weather? Yes, it looks like I did.

But now that it’s officially the end of September I can accept the end of summer and start thinking about all things fall. And that means pumpkins, apple picking, poached pears and fuzzy sweaters.

And fall fruit platters full of autumn flavors, like this Hasselback Fall Fruit Platter!

Hasselback Fall Fruit Platter with baked hasselback apples and pears with homemade maple granola. A perfect seasonal autumn fruit pickable platter.

First things first, let’s get down to the question you probably have after reading the title of this recipe:

what does it mean it mean to “hasselback” food?

If you’re not familiar with the culinary term “hasselback”, it means to thinly slice a vegetable or fruit about 75% of the way to keep it’s full form but also expose thin slices of its interior. It’s a culinary technique most commonly used for preparing potatoes but also can be used for other vegetables and fruit.

The interwebs are rife with hasselback potatoes recipes and while I’m not denying I will create a hasselback potato recipe one day (meaningĀ I will create a hasselback potato recipe one day) I wanted to show off fresh seasonal fall fruit in a new and appealing way.

In the spirit of my monthly seasonal platters I took to Instagram to ask you all what seasonal fruits food I should include in my September roundup and the answer was clear: September is all about apples and pears.

I’m a fan of pickable platters of any kind, but especially love a spread of sweet fruits and a bit of crunch. Enter: my Homemade Maple Walnut Granola (recipe coming soon!). Baked oats tossed in maple syrup, cinnamon and crushed walnuts make the perfect side item to warm baked fruit.

You know what would take this platter next level? A scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Seriously, just do it.

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Hasselback Fall Fruit Platter

Hasselback Fall Fruit Platter with baked hasselback apples and pears with homemade maple granola. A perfect seasonal autumn fruit pickable platter.

Hasselback Fall Fruit Platter with baked hasselback apples and pears with homemade maple walnut granola. A perfect seasonal autumn fruit pickable platter.

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 apples
  • 3 pears
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional, but delicious)
  • 1 cup granola

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut apples in pears in half and “hasselback” by creating thin slices on fruit halves. Be careful not to slice all the way through, cut about 60% of the way through (fruit will soften when baking as well so don’t cut to close to all the way through).
  3. Place apples and pear halves in a baking dish or cast iron skillet, top with maple syrup, cinnamon and brown sugar and cover with aluminum foil. Bake until soft throughout, about 20 minutes.
  4. After fruit is done baking, place on platter or wax paper and top with granola and more maple syrup, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Leftovers & Storage: Fruit can be stored for up to five days in refrigerator and reheated when ready to serve.

Ideas for Serving: Leftovers will be a great addition to an oatmeal or yogurt bowl, and can even be added to smoothies for a fun fall flavor!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 220

Hasselback Fall Fruit Platter with baked hasselback apples and pears with homemade maple granola. A perfect seasonal autumn fruit pickable platter.

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