Winter Cooking Inspiration: Seasonal Fruit Recipe Round Up

Words: Robyn Samuels

Winter is officially here and while can’t do much to help the winter cold, what we can do is make it more delicious by showing you how to get the most out of your seasonal fruits. Most fruits and vegetables are available all-year round in South Africa, but the beauty of purchasing seasonal fruits and vegetables lies in the better-tasting, ripe and fresh quality; the fact that you get to save money is just an added bonus.

From sweet to savoury and apples to oranges, we list some of our favourite seasonal fruit recipes to make this winter tastier. Take these recipes and save them for a rainy day.

SEASONAL FRUIT – APPLES

How about them apples? This versatile fruit works great in sweet and savoury recipes.

Apple Crumble

Nothing beats a slice of humble crumble. Cinnamon and ginger spiced apple filling topped with a buttery short crumble biscuit and served with vanilla bean ice cream – hands-down one of our favourite winter desserts.

Recipe for Apple Crumble

Apple Compote Profiteroles with Whipped Cream & Caramel Sauce

Teatime just got better with this delicious apple compote filled with whipped cream and generously drizzled with caramel sauce. Yum!

Recipe for Apple Compote Profiteroles with Whipped Cream & Caramel Sauce

Cauliflower & White Bean Soup with Chorizo & Spiced Apples

A creamy and comforting winter soup steeped with flavour. Top with spiced apples and smoky chorizo to take it to the next level.

Recipe for Creamy Cauliflower & White Bean Soup with Chorizo & Spiced Apples

Brussels Sprout & Pumpkin Salad with a Minty Apple Yoghurt Drizzle

This wintery salad is loaded with all the yummy seasonal fruit and veg you could ask for.

Recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprout & Pumpkin Salad with Apple & Mint Yoghurt Drizzle

Roasted Apple and Sweet Onion Soup with Cheese

Why have regular onion soup when you can add this seasonal winter fruit to it? This is the perfect recipe if you’re looking for a soup that’s different and delicious.

Recipe for Roasted Apple and Sweet Onion Soup with Cheese and Candied Apples

West Coast Mussels with Apples & Cider

A French classic reimagined with local West Coast mussels. The apple cider and Granny Smith apple combo works wonderfully with fresh parsley. Simply divine!

Recipe for West Coast Mussels with Apples & Cider

Apple Muffins with Macadamia Nut Streusel Topping

All your fav winter flavours in one bite. A deliciously moist, cinnamony muffin topped with streusel and macadamia goodness.

Recipe for Apple Muffins with Macadamia Nut Streusel Topping

Apple Cinnamon and Pecan Nut Pastry Rolls

The pecan nut, apple and cinnamon filling is irresistible. You might want to make a double batch of these tasty babies.

Recipe for Apple Cinnamon and Pecan Nut Pastry Rolls


SEASONAL FRUIT – AVOCADO

Forget about avo toast and get creative with these avocado recipes.

Avocado Linguine with Parmesan Pangrattato

Creamy, buttery avo isn’t only good on toast but perfect in linguine too.

Recipe for Avocado Linguine with Parmesan Pangrattato

Avocado and Cream Cheese Chilli Poppers

A spicy recipe that’s the ultimate snack and sure to make any winter warmer.

Recipe for Avocado and Cream Cheese Chilli Poppers

Avocado Flapjack Stack

The health benefits of the avo in this recipe are as loaded as this flapjack stack!

Recipe for Avocado Flapjack Stack

Smashed Avocado Eggs Benedict

Smash those avos before it’s too late! This recipe perfectly incorporates this seasonal fruit in your weekday brekkie or Saturday brunch.

Recipe for Smashed Avocado Eggs Benedict


SEASONAL FRUIT – BANANA

Bananas aren’t strictly for banana bread, this winter seasonal fruit works well with a bunch of other tasty banana recipes.

Banana and Coconut Cookies

Coconut cookies are great, but why stop there when you can add banana to the mix? We love that these cookies are not only delicious but healthy too.

Recipe for Banana and Coconut Cookies

Marbled Choc Avocado Banana Bread

Don’t settle for regular banana bread, make it chocolaty. The addition of avocado makes this loaf extra nutrient and moist.

Recipe for Marbled Choc Avocado Banana Bread

Banana and Pecan Cake with Salted Caramel

Say hello to your new favourite cake.

Recipe for Banana and Pecan Cake with Salted Caramel

Banana Trifle with Mascarpone & Rum

This boozy banana trifle will keep your chest warm and belly satisfied.

Recipe for Banana Trifle with Mascarpone & Rum


SEASONAL FRUIT – GRANADILLA & GUAVA

We simply can’t get enough of these nutrient-dense seasonal fruits.

Vanilla Sponge with Thyme and Granadilla Buttercream

Impress teatime guests with this tasty vanilla cake with granadilla buttercream frosting.

Recipe for Vanilla Sponge with Thyme and Granadilla Buttercream

Guava & Quince Crumble with Salted Caramel & Vanilla Ice Cream

Apple crumble might be your first choice but this guava and quince version is equally delish.

Recipe for Guava & Quince Crumble with Salted Caramel and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


SEASONAL FRUIT – LEMON

We love this seasonal fruit so much that we’ve created a full round-up of lemon recipes.

Pork Ribs with BBQ Sauce and Charred Lemons

Best grab a bib because these lemony basted ribs are lip-smackingly tasty.

Recipe for Pork Ribs with BBQ Sauce & Charred Lemons

LemonGold South Indian Lemon Rice

Butter up your basmati rice with some spice, cashew nuts and zesty goodness.

Recipe for LemonGold South Indian Lemon Rice

Lemon Meringue Pie

Zesty and tart, this meringue pie is a lemon lover’s dessert dream.

Recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie

LemonGold Curd Crème Filled Doughnuts

A recipe guaranteed to satisfy that sweet craving. These fluffy doughnuts with lemon curd crème filling will give any bakery a run for their money.

Recipe for LemonGold Curd Crème Filled Doughnuts


SEASONAL FRUIT – NAARTJIES & ORANGES

What’s winter without some naartjie and orange zest? Try these vitamin C loaded recipes.

Naartjie, Thyme & Marigold Cake with Walnut Praline

Pretty-as-a-picture and simple to make! This cake is deliciously fragrant, thanks to the naartjie, thyme and marigold. Walnut praline adds a lovely texture and caramel flavour.

Recipe for Naartjie, Thyme & Marigold Cake with Walnut Praline

Hummingbird Sheet Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Icing

A Jamaican hummingbird cake, with cinnamon and mixed spice that will make your palate sing. The orange-infused frosting balances the sweetness with a bitter citrus zing.

Recipe for Hummingbird Sheet Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Icing and Candied Pecans

Sticky Orange and Cumin Glazed Pork Belly Skewers

Cumin and pork are a match made in heaven. Add orange glaze to the mix, and you’ve got yourself one deliciously sticky situation.

Recipe for Sticky Orange and Cumin Glazed Pork Belly Skewers

Seared Duck with Oranges and Cauliflower Purée

Duck à l’orange reimagined – this dish is c’est magnifique. The mouth-watering duck, refreshing orange and delicate cauliflower purée is the perfect marriage of flavours.

Recipe for Seared Duck with Oranges and Cauliflower Purée


SEASONAL FRUIT – TOMATO

It’s no secret that this seasonal winter fruit is ripe with antioxidants and is also the base of many sauces and tomato dishes.

Rogan Josh Tomato Soup with Yoghurt Flatbreads

Want your tomato soup to pack a little more punch? This beautifully spiced, Rogan Josh Soup is what you’ve been craving.

Recipe for Rogan Josh Tomato Soup with Yoghurt Flatbreads

Spicy Tomato Soup with Guacamole

This recipe combines two of our favourite seasonal fruits, tomato and avo, in a reimagined salsa. The spicy tomato and creamy duo will turn any winter dinner into a tasty fiesta.

Recipe for Spicy Tomato Soup with Guacamole

Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce Pasta

Simple ingredients with heaps of flavour. A classic we could never grow old of!

Recipe for Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce Pasta

Waygu Beef Short Rib Ragu with Pap and Spicy Tomato Smoor

Pap and spicy smoor is an unmatched combo; add wagyu beef short rib to the plate you’ve got yourself the perfect winter dish.

Recipe for Waygu Beef Short Rib Ragu with Pap and Spicy Tomato Smoor

Confit Tomatoes with Whole Garlic and Thyme

Not sure what to do with all those baby tomatoes? Simply confit them in a pot with whole garlic and thyme. All there’s left to do is spread it on your favourite toasted bread.

Recipe for Confit Tomatoes with Whole Garlic and Thyme

Tomato and Coriander Curried Dahl with Basmati

An easy-to-make Indian cuisine staple and all-around delicious.

Recipe Tomato and Coriander Curried Dahl with Basmati and Greek Yoghurt

Want more winter cooking inspo? Try our Winter Seasonal Vegetable Recipe Round Up.

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