If you want a beautiful, original, and delicious holiday dessert that will wow your guests, boy do I have one for you. This gorgeous Fruit, Chocolate and Cheese Dessert Platter has three of my favorite foods combined to create a truly spectacular finishing touch to your holiday table.
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What’s On The Fruit, Chocolate and Cheese Dessert Platter?
So many delicious things! Dried fruits topped with soft cheeses and more fruit drizzled in golden honey, fresh fruit dipped in both white and dark chocolate, and some sprinklings of chopped walnuts, pistachios and dried cranberries. HOLY. COW!
To Dry Your Own Fruit or Purchase it, That is the Question:
If you have a dehydrator you probably already know how easy drying fruit is, but if you don’t, no worries! You can buy or make dried fruit slices yourself. Many grocery stores with a gourmet deli section sell dried fruit “crackers”. You can also find dried orange slice, dried apples and dried pears on Amazon. BUT if you want to make your own I have instructions in the recipe below,
My Favorite Combinations:
This platter is chock full of all my favorites: Strawberries and dried oranges dipped in chocolate and nuts (both pictured above) dried apples and pears spread with soft cheeses like mascarpone, cream cheese or goat cheese drizzled with honey and sprinkled with walnuts.
Dried apples with cream cheese, topped with fresh strawberries and kiwi (Christmas Colors!)
Dried pears with mascarpone, blackberries and honey. Drool…
And last but not least, dried pear chIps topped with gouda and golden honey! I am in love…
How to Make The Ultimate Fruit, Chocolate and Cheese Platter
It’s so simple really. We start with dried fruit “crackers” and then either dip in chocolate or top with cheeses, nuts, honey, berries etc… Incredibly gorgeous! Unfortunately the company that made the dried pears and apples went out of business three years after I posted this recipe, BUT you can find dried oranges here. You may be able to find crispy dried apples and pears in the gourmet section of grocery stores or dehydrate your own.
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The Recipes: Fruit, Chocolate and Cheese Dessert Platter
Tips and what you will need: You can find dried oranges, pears and apples on amazon here. You may be able to find crispy dried apples and pears in the gourmet section of grocery stores or dehydrate your own. To make you own dried fruit you will need parchment paper and wax paper.
A lovely fruit, chocolate and cheese platter that requires very little prep. You can make all the suggestions or just one. Keep dried fruit in wrappers until just before serving so they stay crispy. The oranges stay crispy for days so no worries there!
- I use dried orange, dried pear, and dried apple slices.
- granulated sugar (if making your own slices)
- Ripe Strawberries, washed and dried, kiwi, blackberries
- Soft goat cheese (chevre)
- mascarpone, a soft, sweet Italian cream cheese
- five year aged gouda, cut into small cubes
- walnuts. chopped
- peach preserves
- roasted salted pistachios, chopped
- dried cranberries, chopped
- good quality local honey
- melted dark and white chocolate (melt to package instructions)
To Dry Oranges: Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Use serrated knife to slice 3 navel oranges very thinly (no thicker than a 1/4 inch). Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment. Top with orange slices in a single layer, and generously dust with sugar. Turn and sprinkle with more sugar. Bake until the peels are dry and the flesh is translucent, about 2 hours, turning slices halfway through cooking time. If needed, cook in 15 minutes increments until dry to liking. Cool before dipping.
To dry pears and apples: Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Use 2 to 3 Bosc, Comice, or Red Bartlett pears (unpeeled) Place a sheet of parchment on cookie sheet .Cut each pear lengthwise into 1/8- to 1/4- inch-thick slices. Remove seeds and fibrous bits from each slice; arrange on pan, spaced 1/2 to 1 inch apart. Sprinkle lightly with granulated sugar. Place pan in oven; dry until pears become firmer, slightly chewy, and shriveled around edges, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. Transfer to a wire rack until cool. Store in an airtight container, refrigerated, up to 2 days.
Melt good quality white or dark chocolate according to package directions, when melted stir and the dip orange crisps (covering about 1/3 of crisp) Set on wax paper, leave plain or sprinkle with chopped pistachios and cranberries. Allow to cool and firm up before serving.
Melt white or dark chocolate according to package instructions, stir well. Dip berries and place on wax paper until chocolate cools and begins to firm up. Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Spread apple crisps with mascarpone and top with diced strawberry and kiwi.
Mix two parts soft goat cheese with one part peach preserves. Spread on apple crisp, dab with a little more preserves and top with chopped walnuts.
Spread with soft goat cheese, top with a blackberry and drizzle with honey
Top with aged gouda and drizzle with honey.
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These are SO pretty!
Thanks Renee! And so easy:)
What an epiphany! Love your good idea!!!!
Thank you Megan…I loved eating it lol.
Oh my goodness these look good! Such a fun treat! My Tiny Love saw the pictures and said, “oh yum, those look yummy, yum, yum yum” and then she pretended to eat all of them. Too cute. Wish we could eat from your photos.
Thank you Emily. Tiny Love already has great taste in food 🙂
LOL yes she does 😉
What a simple, yet unique way to entertain. Love it!
I love every one of these!
wow! these look delicious! I love this unique and beautiful way to dessert. Besides, you can’t go wrong with fruit, cheese, & chocolate!
Omg! I cannot get over how stunning all of these are! Pinning for later!
Thank you Kendra!
This looks amazing! I love fruit and chocolate together!
I am definitely checking out simple & crisp…these look and sound amazing. I’ve always enjoyed fruit, cheese, and chocolate pairings and love how the dried fruit is the “cracker”…super fun idea!
These are almost too pretty to eat, but they look too delicious to pass up 😉
wow that dried fruit looks so good!
This is my kind of platter. Yum!
I thought you dried all that fruit yourself and was trying to figure out how to do it so that I could make the oranges! I’m excited that I don’t actually have to dry them! I want to try all of these, but the oranges are at the top of my list!
You could dry the fruit yourself but buying Simple and Crisp is so much easier!
everytime I read your blog, I think what else will she make thats incredible and every time I am blown away! These look so delicious and they’re pretty!
Thank you Kristen!
What a stunning display. Such an elegant way to serve fruit and cheese!
What a fab idea! These are all so pretty, and that crispy fruit! Divine!
Those verbs you use to decribe the recipes are exactly what I was thinking when I saw the recipes, lol. That recipe for strawberry and kiwi is my favorite on this whole list.
Thanks Rini! It wasn’t very hard to think of words to describe these tasty treats!
Oh my yummy in my yummy!!! everything looks so good..my mouth is watering!!
So yes! I will be making these soon for sure!! I’m trying to cut down on the amount of grains I’m eating and this is a perfect substitution! Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful! I love the dried fruit + chocolate combo, but I don’t dehydrate our own fruit and I never think to buy it at the store. This has compelled me to get some and switch up our regular fruit and cheese platters! Thank you!
Totally love the fruit, chocolate and cheese dessert platter. Would love to try this out with wine.
My mouth is literally watering. All of this looks so good!
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Your dessert platter looks so gorgeous and delicious, all at the same time!
What a brilliant snack idea! I bet my kids would love this too.
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