11 Desserts That Showcase the Best Winter Fruits

by Justina Huddleston
Jan 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET

When winter is here, I often find myself gravitating toward beige comfort foods (hi, potatoes!) and decadent sweets rich with butter and cream. But just because there's snow outside doesn't mean there isn't ample in-season fruit waiting to be sampled at the grocery store.

Winter is citrus season. Oranges, lemons, limes, blood oranges and grapefruit are all in season and can inject a bright note of flavor into your usual winter menu. Juicy pomegranates and vibrant kiwi are also in their prime, a refreshing change from all the heavier food we tend to eat when the weather is cold outside.

You don't have to give up your dessert to enjoy these fruits, either. They're at their best when paired with something rich, adding a tart, sweet, fresh flavor that can liven up even the heaviest ingredients.

The next time you're at the store, load your cart with some in-season fruits so you can make one of these delicious desserts. Your sweet tooth will definitely thank you.

1 /11: Kiwi-Honey Galette

1/11 :Kiwi-Honey Galette

A rustic galette is the perfect last-minute dessert. This one is topped with sliced kiwis and a drizzle of honey.

2 /11: Citrus-Pomegranate Mascarpone Cups

2/11 :Citrus-Pomegranate Mascarpone Cups

Colorful desserts like this creamy concoction are just what you need on dreary winter nights.

3 /11: Kiwi-Pomegranate Pavlova

3/11 :Kiwi-Pomegranate Pavlova

Fluffy meringue is baked until crisp, then filled with whipped cream and topped with fruit to make this dessert.

4 /11: Grain-Free Orange-Date Loaf Cake

4/11 :Grain-Free Orange-Date Loaf Cake

Made with orange juice and zest, this date-sweetened loaf cake works for dessert and breakfast.

5 /11: Fruity S'mores Marshmallow Blinis

5/11 :Fruity S'mores Marshmallow Blinis

Kiwifruit, marshmallow fluff, strawberries, chocolate and graham crackers make this a fun dessert.

6 /11: Blood Orange & Aperol Sorbet

6/11 :Blood Orange & Aperol Sorbet

Bittersweet Aperol gives this rosy blood orange sorbet a kick. 

7 /11: Kiwi-Lemon Posset

7/11 :Kiwi-Lemon Posset

This fluffy, creamy, old-fashioned dessert is surprisingly easy to put together. 

8 /11: Ricotta Cake With Pomegranate & Citrus

8/11 :Ricotta Cake With Pomegranate & Citrus

Ricotta makes this cake moist and slightly dense, so it can stand up to a topping of winter fruit and chocolate.

9 /11: Salted Chocolate Pomegranate Bark

9/11 :Salted Chocolate Pomegranate Bark

Crunchy pomegranate arils dot this salted dark-chocolate bark, bringing a sweet tartness to your dessert.

10 /11: Vegan Vanilla Pomegranate Cheesecakes

10/11 :Vegan Vanilla Pomegranate Cheesecakes

Decadent vegan cheesecakes are topped with a pomegranate glaze in this recipe.

11 /11: Kiwi-Honey Yogurt Bars

11/11 :Kiwi-Honey Yogurt Bars

Equal parts sweet and tangy, these bars are topped with creamy Greek yogurt, kiwi slices and honey.