Sensational summer desserts on the grill

From in-season fruits to homemade Beavertails to beautiful Thai sticky rice, your grill is the key to sweet summer desserts. 

By Diana Ng

Grilled desserts: fruit desserts
You don't have to run back into the house to check on dessert during a barbecue or outdoor dinner party. Create healthy and delicious desserts effortlessly outside, on the grill.

Fresh sweet peaches are the epitome of summer. To prepare for the grill, cut the peaches in half, and remove pit. Grill over medium heat, cut side down, for 2 minutes. Turn them over so they are cut side up. Sprinkle a mixture of brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon in each peach, and grill for an additional 2-3 minutes. To serve, sprinkle some chopped fresh mint and almonds over peaches.

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Available late summer to fall, fresh figs are so sweet and fragrant that it doesn’t take much to dress them up for dessert. To prepare, cut a cross -- or X -- on the top of each fig, about half way into the fig. Lightly pry the tops open and place a dollop of honey and mascarpone cheese in each, adjusting the sweetness to your taste. Line figs in a shallow pan, and place on the grill for 3-5 minutes, or until the figs are soft.

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Taste the tropics with grilled bananas. Slice the banana in half, lengthwise, leaving the peel on. Place the banana, cut side down, on a hot grill and grill for 4 minutes. To serve, remove the peel and serve with coconut flakes and ice cream.

There are so many ways to grill a pineapple. If you have a rotisserie on your barbecue, you can roast a whole peeled pineapple rubbed with brown sugar. Alternatively, cut long thick wedges of a ripe pineapple - peeled and cored - lengthwise. Skewer the pineapple wedges with a wooden skewer. Sprinkle with brown sugar and grill for 5-6 minutes, rotating every 2 minutes, or until pineapple softens and juices exude from the fruit.

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