Fabulously fruity dessert recipes for Tu B’Shevat

A selection of 37 fantastically fruity cakes, bakes and desserts from around the west  to celebrate Tu B’shevat – the Jewish New Year for Trees.

Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish new year for trees, usually falls sometime in January or early February. It’s a relatively minor festival, but an enjoyable one, as the main means of celebration is to eat fruit! Specifically, fruits (and nuts) which grow on trees. Lovely.

Tu b'shevat fruit platter.

In previous years I’ve made the terrific tree-shaped fruit platter above, a fruity tree-shaped raisin challah, gorgeous confetti fruit salad, and my Grandma’s dried fruit compote. But when weather seems to be colder and grimmer than usual, all I really want to eat is a nice hot pudding! I asked my food blogger friends for their favourite fruity recipes. And here they are…

I’ve categorised them by fruit, although some contain more than one. I’m sure you’ll find something delicious here to help the trees celebrate their new year in style!

Chag Sameach!


Autumn Harvest apple pie – from Kavey Eats
Apple granola – from Recipes from a Pantry
Szarlotka – traditional Polish apple pie – from Coffee and Vanilla
Apple and cinnamon palmiers – from Casa Costello
Almond sponge topped apple pots – from Lancashire Food
Stewed apple porridge – from Celery and Cupcakes
Cinnamon apple crisps – from Tinned Tomatoes
Burnt apple and bourbon ice-cream – from Kavey Eats
Butterscotch apple pudding and apple butter – from United Cakedom
Apple and almond cake – from Lancashire Food
Apple and cinnamon cake – from Tinned Tomatoes
Spiced apple challah – from Family-Friends-Food

spiced apple challah 3 ways


Ella’s quick apple and apricot pies – from Coffee and Vanilla
Apricot and almond blondie bites – from Family-Friends-Food
Apricot mousse – from Natural Kitchen Adventures


Fresh cherry crumble cake – from Ren Behan
Black Forest cherry chocolate avocado mousse – from Veggie Desserts
Confetti fruit salad – from Family-Friends-Food


Toffee apple date pecan crumble – from How to Cook Good Food
Date and ginger sticky toffee pudding with brandy sauce – from Supergolden Bakes
Squidgy date and coconut flapjacks – from Family-Friends-Food


Fig, white chocolate and mascarpone tarts – from Tin and Thyme


Grapefruit and honey almond cake – from Tin and Thyme


Nettle and lemon cake with lemon icing and blackberries – from Veggie Desserts
Lemon, lavender and almond cake – from Family-Friends-Food

lemon & lavender cake


Orange mini cakes – from Tin and Thyme
Tunisian orange cake – from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary


Peach, tea and white chocolate traybake – from Fab Food 4 All


Pear and cardamom crumble – from Recipes from a Pantry
Pear and mincemeat strudel – from Tinned Tomatoes
Little pear and blueberry crumbles – from Family-Friends-Food
Pear and chocolate crumble cake – from Sew White


Chilli, ginger and persimmon tarts – from Tin and Thyme


Roasted plums with star anise – from Supper in the Suburbs
Plum and walnut pizza – from Tin and Thyme
Maple cinnamon glazed plum and blackberry sticky buns – from Kavey Eats
Plum, apple and almond tart tatin – from Foodie Quine
Rustic plum cornmeal cake – from Lancashire Food


Vegan apple and pomegranate jelly – from Family-Friends-Food

Vegan apple & pomegranate jelly

I’m tempted to make a Tu B’Shevat dessert buffet! Happy New Year, Trees 😀

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Let me know if/how you celebrate Tu B’Shevat in the comments.

35+ fruity desserts.


  1. What a delicious round up! I’ve saved a few to try these 🙂 Thank you for featuring my pear and chocolate crumble cake x

  2. That fruit tree is stunning, such a lovely tradition. Thanks for including my crumble here!

  3. Your fruit tree is splendid Helen, it would certainly tempt me into eating lots of fruit. I do like the idea of a nice hot pudding too of course. What a great list of fruit recipes. I shall know where to come when I’m looking for tree fruit ideas. Happy Tu B’Shevat.

  4. I had not heard of this charming festival before you mentioned it but love how it celebrated! Thank you for including mine your marvellous collection of recipes.

    • Thanks Kavey. It’s a pretty minor festival by any standard, but it is a fun way to spend a January day – eating fruit, and sometimes planting trees.

  5. What a delicious array of recipes, which one to make first?

  6. What a rather lovely collection of fruity treats that would do me the whole year through.

  7. The platter looks amazing!! Such a beautiful tradition. Thank you for mentioning my szlarlotka recipe as well.

  8. So many fruit recipes! Its a shame we can’t get them all in season this time of year but I look forward to eating them all when we can! Bring on the summer apricots I say!

    • Mmm, ripe summer apricots are the best! I must admit that while I try to stick to fruit in season, I do make an exception for Tu B’Shevat. A big, bright selection of fruit is such a great way to celebrate!

  9. I love the tree fruit platter! How beautiful. And what a wonderful celebration 🙂 thank you for sharing these lovely recipes!

  10. Oh wow! Your fruit platter is just beautiful! What a work of art. Some wonderful recipe suggestions here. Thanks so much for mentioning my palmiers x

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