Looking for a recipe that makes a great breakfast, dessert, or in-between snack? This stewed fruit recipe is great because it’s so versatile.

You can add some yoghurt and serve it as a delicious breakfast. But add some custard, and it instantly turns into a delightfully delicious dessert. You can also chop and change the fruits as you wish. Generally, harder fruits like apples and pears and dried fruits work really well. But here are the basics.


  • Apples, pears, any other fruit you want to add (raisins, prunes, and dried cherries work well)
  • Plain yoghurt
  • Fresh lemon
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cloves
  • Vanilla powder
  • All Spice


  1. First, add a tiny amount of water to a pot and add in your spices – All Spice, cloves, and cinnamon. Add just enough water to cover the spices, and then bring to a boil to draw out the flavour.
  2. In the meantime, peel your apples and pears (I kept it simple and only used unpeeled apples, but peeling generally works better) and cut into quarters or smaller.
  3. Once the water has come to a boil, add in all the fruit and a little more water, turn down the heat, and let everything simmer. This will take a little while – you want your fruit to become soft but not falling-apart squishy.
  4. Once the fruit is just about ready, add in a squeeze of lemon and vanilla powder. Mix well.
  5. Then, scoop yoghurt into a bowl and cover with your stewed fruit.
  6. I’ve added chia seeds, linseed, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds for some crunch, but this is entirely optional.

Optional: Skip the yoghurt and add some custard to turn this stewed fruit recipe into a delicious and healthy dessert option.

Looking for more dessert ideas? Try some of these:

Pumpkin-Spiced Pots | Creme Brulee Rice Pudding | Vegan Milktart

South African traditional milktart recipe

Milktart is a traditional South African dessert

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