How to make German Rumtopf

How to Make German Rumtopf

So have you guys ever heard of German Rumtopf? This post is all about How to Make German Rumtopf. The name means Rum Pot and it’s basically a fruity alcoholic dessert made in a crock. Successive fruits are layered in with sugar and rum, starting in the spring with strawberries.

How to make German Rumtopf

My Rumtopf Pot

As the summer progresses and each fruit comes into season, it’s added to the pot, and the contents just get better and better. Once fall comes, and summer is over, the pot is closed up and left to mature until the Christmas season where it is traditionally first sampled for the first time in December on the first evening of Advent. We’ve been getting such good fruit this year that I don’t think there’d be an issue with starting a Rumtopf, now, even if it is a bit late in the summer.

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Fresh Strawberry Compote

Fresh Strawberry Compote

Our Strawberry season is just ending up Nord, here, in Minnesota. So before it’s too late, I’ve been taking advantage and using strawberries, a lot! One is this Fresh Strawberry Compote. It’s just a simple, little sauce but it’s infused with fresh strawberry flavor.

Fresh Strawberry Compote

Fresh Strawberry Compote

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Homemade Pop Tarts

Homemade Pop Tarts

I don’t know what possessed me to make Homemade Pop Tarts the other day. Hausfrau gone wild? Seriously, I never really liked pop tarts. Oh, I like the idea of them, a jammy filling nestled between two sheets of flakey, buttery pastry but the commercial variety just never did it for me.

Homemade Pop Tarts

Homemade Pop Tarts

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Chicken Salad honey dijon dressing fruit

Fruited Chicken Salad with Honey Dijon

fruited chicken salad with honey dijon by the frugal hausfrau

Way back when, my sister and I were discussing what should be on the menu for a family get together and we got down to the salad dressing. “Honey Dijon?” I asked. It was kind of a new thing then. “No one likes that,” she said. But I didn’t say, “I do, I do!” And goodness help me, I do.  Home-made at least. Don’t tell my sis!

Chicken Salad honey dijon dressing fruit

Fruited Chicken Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

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Cherry Crisp with Dark Chocolate

Desserts with Fruit

Many of my favorite desserts are made with fruit (the rest are usually chocolate!) Here you’ll find fruit-based desserts, desserts with fresh fruit or dried or those that have a fruit sauce. Enjoy!

any fruit (just about)

 

apples & applesauce

 

apricots

 

bananas

 

blackberries

 

blueberries

 

cherries

 

coconut

 

cranberries

 

dates

 

figs

 

honeydew

 

lemon

 

mixed berries

 

nectarines & peaches

 

pears

 

plums

 

pumpkin

 

raspberries

 

raisins

 

rhubarb

 

strawberries

 

back to the main dessert menu


Apricot Tart

I can’t tell you how excited I was to see apricots at the store last week. While they may not be my all time favorite to die for fruit, I was like, “Well, hello old friend!” Seriously, I spotted a lady carrying some to her cart and went back to produce to find them.

Apricot Tart

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Pina Colada Fruit Salad

Pina Coladas. They’re so good. Sweet, but good. What if you could make a fruit salad that had all the flavor (but none of the booze) of a Pina Colada? I’d drink to that. And the fruit in this salad, especially the bananas and pineapple, play so nicely with the lovely coconut flavors of the Pina Colada mix. Whoaa – mix? Yeah, mix.

Pina Colada Fruit Salad

Pina Colada Fruit Salad

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Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling and Blueberry Compote

Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling & Blueberry Compote

If there was ever a frugal “cheat” of a dessert, Profiteroles, or Cream Puffs, as they are often called, have to be it. Easy to make, requiring no special equipment, although a piping bag & tip is nice, inexpensive, and make ahead. And once made, they can be filled & topped with all kinds of deliciousness. What more could one want?

Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling and Blueberry Compote

A home-made Mascarpone Cheese filling is in the center; they’re just waiting to be topped with Blueberry Compote

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Shaved Broccoli Salad with Apple & Tarragon

I try to eat healthy, fresh vegetables all year ’round, paying attention of course to pricing and seasonality when I can. This year, though, when summer finally hit I felt like I emerged from the house into the sunlight like one of the old-time pioneers I’ve read about, looking for anything green to eat. I’ve learned to trust my cravings, and this Shaved Broccoli Salad helped satisfy them.

Shaved Broccoli Salad with Apples & Tarragon

Shaved Broccoli Salad with Apples & Tarragon

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Chicken & Fruit Salad with Raspberry Dressing

I’ve been making this Chicken & Fruit Salad for years, originally culled from Cooking Light. It’s just such a gorgeous salad, full of all kinds of great things and it’s all set off by a creamy raspberry dressing. It’s one of my favorite ways to make sure I get some fruit in my diet along with a few greens. On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better.

Chicken & Fruit Salad

Chicken & Fruit Salad

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Austrian Crepes in Custard Sauce, served with Apricot Caramel Sauce

Apricot Caramel Sauce . $1.58

An Apricot Caramel Sauce? To American tastes, the combination of dried fruit and caramel may seem a bit different, but it is absolutely surprising and certainly delicious.

Apricot Caramel Sauce - made for Austrian Crepes but so good over anything vanilla!

Apricot Caramel Sauce – made for Austrian Crepes but so good over anything vanilla!

Easy to make, watch the sugar carefully and don’t burn it – if it becomes darker around the edges or you catch even the faintest whiff of a burnt smell, move your pan off the heat and keep stirring until the sugar is melted, moving it back on if needed. A fork seems to work very well for stirring.

Blend a long time – there will be some texture; if that bothers you, simply strain it while it is still liquid enough to sieve. Once it cools, it thickens, so rewarm if necessary.

This is the caramel I normally serve with my Baked Austrian Crepes in Custard Sauce. It’s so good in or on so many things. The dried apricots may be replaced with a different dried fruit.

Austrian Crepes in Custard Sauce, served with Apricot Caramel Sauce

Austrian Crepes in Custard Sauce, served with Apricot Caramel Sauce

Apricot Caramel Sauce

  • Servings: abt 3 cups
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup firmly packed dried apricots (about 6 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

In a dry heavy saucepan (about 3-quart capacity) cook sugar over moderate heat, stirring with a fork until melted and then swirling pan, until sugar is a golden caramel, perhaps just a bit past golden towards amber, but not too dark.

Remove pan from heat and carefully add 3 cups water down side of pan (it will bubble up and steam). Return pan to heat and simmer, stirring, until caramel is dissolved.

Slice apricots and add to pan. Simmer until soft, about 10 minutes. Cool mixture 10 minutes and in a blender purée with vanilla until very smooth. Add any or all of the additional water if desired.

Sauce may be made several days ahead and chilled, covered. Reheat sauce to warm.

Put Your own Spin on It

I’ve made this before with both pears and peaches instead of apricots and both are wonderful! I’ve not yet tried dried apples, but I imagine they’d give a lovely flavor to the sauce.

Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:
  • Use a coupon matching site! Every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.
  • Follow my 12 Strategies – You’ll see them on the upper drop down menu of every page and how I apply them, below.
  • Don’t get discouraged if your prices don’t match mine! Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
  • Read below for additional tips as well as throughout the recipe, for saving time and managing food.
Strategies Applied:
  • Sugar: Look for sugar on sale, which usually happens around the holidays. While any holiday generates a sales price, the best sales are generally from Thanksgiving to Christmas, when coupons are abundant. Check out Aldi for your sugar; their prices are generally great. A rule of thumb: A store brand on sale will often beat a name brand on sale with a coupon. Aldi generally beats both. 1 cup is about 8 cents.
  • Dried Apricots: Dried fruit can be downright cheap when purchased on sale with a coupon, especially during the Christmas sales. The Holidays are a great time to buy dried fruit of any kind at a low price.  Regular price for Apricots, 6 ounces was $2.99. Sale price $1.00, coupon, $1.00 off two, final cost was $1.50.



Any Fruit Crisp - this is Apple with the addition of Ginger Caramel

Any Fruit Crisp with Streusel Topping

Apple Crisp is American as Apple Pie, but fruit crisps are so good with many fruits or combinations. I’ve been making variations with this simple recipe for years – so easy it’s almost a non-recipe. Don’t let that fool ya, though, these crisps are always beautiful, brimming with fresh fruit flavor.

Any Fruit Crisp - this is Apple with the addition of Ginger Caramel

Any Fruit Crisp – this is Apple with the addition of Ginger Caramel

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Orange Julius Recipe

Orange “Julias”

Orange Julius - they're soooo good! Icy orange slushy just like the mall's!

Labor Day weekend – it seemed long this year! Number 2 was home with his “gf” and I pulled out a few old favorites to teach them. I don’t think I’ve made Orange Julias since he was in grade school – but it sure impressed his friends when he had sleep overs.

Orange Julius Recipe

Orange Julius Recipe

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Lemon Poppyseed – The Easiest Fruit Salad You’ll Never Need a Recipe For

There’s a little something about this combination of fruit that does it for me: Honey Dew, Strawberries and Blueberries. Add in a simple, lemony dressing (I’m almost embarrassed to tell you, it’s so easy) of lemon yogurt, finely zested lemon and a few poppy seeds, and there you have it. Familiar, tasty and just a bit sophisticated; this always goes over well.

Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad - The easiest salad you'll never need a recipe for...

Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad – The easiest salad you’ll never need a recipe for…

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Shortcakes

This is absolutely my favorite recipe for a shortcake – the drop biscuit kind. Really almost a scone, and close in flavor to a cream biscuit. We hope for left overs after Three Berry Shortcake so we can gobble these up for breakfast. They may, at first glance, look like a Bisquick thing but believe me, they aren’t.

Shortcakes - a cross between a scone and a cream biscuit these are amazing.

Shortcakes – a cross between a scone and a cream biscuit these are amazing.

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