Summer to Fall via Dessert on Our Back Deck

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

When an idea pops in my head for a yummy meal, I have to make it right away to see if it's as good in reality as in theory. The idea this time was for something that would encompass both the end of summer and the coming of Fall. I love these two seasons and love that they can both be represented in one dish. The combination? Mango sorbet with fresh nectarines and dragonfruit with big molasses cookies to dip it in.  So so good.
I rarely make dessert, but Cam was a huge fan of this one, as was my sweet tooth.

The local dragonfruit are in abundance at our neighborhood farmer's market right now.

It's so hot here right now that I froze the molasses cookies after baking to make them crunchier and easier to dip into the sorbet. If you bake the cookies ahead of time, you have a dessert that would only take a minute or two to put together.
 In the few minutes it took to snap these photos, the heat turned my sorbet into soup.

{all photos Copyright Amanda Marshall}

Molasses Cookies for Dipping:
*Recipe adapted from All Recipes*

2 1/4 C Flour
2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon Water
1/3 Cup Molasses

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Stir together flour, spices & salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, then the water and molasses. Fold in the flour mixture.  Roll the dough into walnut sized pieces and roll them each in a small bowl of white sugar before placing on the cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and soft in the middle. 

Serve hot or freeze for later with mango sorbet & freshly sliced nectarine & dragonfruit or your favorite summer fruit. Enjoy!


  1. I've always wanted to try dragon fruit but I don't think they sell it in the US. Love reading about your adventures in Japan.

    x's & o's

  2. i just went on a pinning spree

  3. I just ate a yummy fruit salad with both white and red dragon fruit in it the other day. Gotta love fresh Okinawan fruit, it's the bomb diggity!!!

  4. YUM! That looks divine. I've actually never eaten red dragon fruit before...wonder if I could find it here in Germany? Doubtful. I'll just start at this post and dream then. :)

  5. It all looks so refreshing! xoxo

  6. Amanda - these photos are lovely!! I love the flowers and the colors and stripes! So perfect! As for the dessert - it looks so so so good!

  7. whoa whoa whoa. hold the phone people. this looks AMAZING!

  8. ohhh myyy goshhh! besides SOUNDING amazing your photography just makes me want to reach through the screen and grab a bite to eat!

  9. I want to make this like now. Your flowers and that vase are gorgeous as well!

  10. seriously, you are too much. i'm making these cookies next weekend. end.of.story.
    thank you.

  11. This looks incredible! You make the most lovely food and TAKE the most lovely pictures!

    The Glossy Life

  12. Looks beautiful and the color on the passion fruit is incredible! -Heidi

  13. Looks so amazing!

  14. Looks sooo good! I want this now!

    Love your food and photos :)

  15. these photos are ridiculously good. and that dessert... um i'll take two (:

  16. Seriously, your pictures are so incredible. I need to hop a flight and come learn! This looks delish. Hope you get to go someplace fun this weekend!

  17. This looks delicious. I've only had dragonfruit one time. And it was white. Not pink. So I'm guessing the bright kinds are better??

  18. I have never tried dragonfruit! I actually saw your instagram with a picture of it and then while we were grocery shopping at the NEX I saw them there. I should have grabbed one! Next time :)


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