This is hands down the one recipe on my blog I would encourage you to make. It is for a Hot Fruit Casserole. This is probably the single most favorite dish in my family. My mother-in-law found this in a City of Hope Jewish cookbook and serves it at all her gatherings. I look forward to it on every holiday as I know it will be on the table short after arrival. It is such a simple recipe, but the oohs and aahs and "how delicious" comments occur with each new visitor to my mother-in-law's home. Anyway, here it is....enjoy.

If you make this, let me know how you like it. What is your absolute family favorite?

Recipe Instructions:

This recipe is not a dessert, it is an accompaniment to main meal.

Servings:

The below recipe serves 12-15 people. I think it is more like 10 personally--most people have seconds so make extra if you are unsure.

Ingredients:

  • 8-1/2 x 11 or 9 x 13 pyrex baking dish
  • 1 package Mothers Macaroon Cookies (cookie section)
  • 3 cans of pineapple chunks in its own juice
  • 3 cans of peach slices
  • 3 cans of pear slices in its own juice1 package frozen pitted black cherries thawed
  • 1 box or good sized package of dried apricots
  • 1 large package sliced or slivered almonds (flat ones) -
  • Dry Sherry
  • Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Melted Margarine

Preparation:

  • Grease pyrex well 
  • Process cookies into crumbs 
  • Drain all fruit well 
  • Mix all fruits together in a bowl 
  • Cover bottom of Pyrex dish with some a layer of cookie crumbs (don't use all crumbs--save for other layers) 
  • Cover crumbs with one layer of mixed fruit 
  • Cover fruit layer with crumbs layer 
  • Cover crumbs again with layer of fruit 
  • End with a layer of cookies crumbs (This would equal 2 layers of fruit, 3 layers of cookie). Note: You can assemble fruit and crumbs the day before and refrigerate if you don't want to save time the day you serve it.)
  • Cover top layer of cookie crumbs with almonds 
  • Drizzle Dry Sherry over top layer 
  • Sprinkle Brown Sugar over top layer until covered lightly 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes 
  • Then drizzle 1/4 cup of Melted Margarine over the top 
  • Finish baking another 15 minutes
  • Total baking time is 45 minutes to 1 hour 
  • Top should be lightly browned. 
  • If getting too brown during last 15 minutes lightly cover with foil.