cherries in syrup for dessertsCandied fruit is undoubtedly one of the most commonly used ingredients that professional chefs turn to when making special breakfasts.

cherries in syrup for desserts


Candied fruit is very versatile and can be used to make many desserts, offering unmistakable flavours and textures, as well as bright attractive colours that make meals even more attractive to clients.

It is important to remember that candied fruit can be served side-by-side with other natural fruit, as with key ingredients for baked goods like chocolate, vanilla or cream. Candied fruit is available in a wide range of formats so as to adapt to any type of dessert, be it a large cake or individual cupcakes, muffins or bonbons.

 Candied fruit desserts as breakfasts

Hotel buffet breakfasts often offer servings of sliced or diced candied fruit in such a way that each diner can choose the amount they want and then individually add their selection to desserts that take their fancy.  It is the perfect way to include candied fruit in breakfast dishes such as yoghurts and cupcakes, or as a side serving with desserts that are often on breakfast buffets such as cakes, sponge cakes, tarts, waffles, muffins, pancakes, crêpes, etc.

Candied fruit is not limited to desserts, it can also be successfully added to green salads or fruit salads. Furthermore, the main advantage of candied fruit is that it can be served all year around – in the summer with ice creams and cocktails and during the winter with traditional Christmas delights such as Roscón de Reyes, turron, truffles or marzipan pieces. Here are a few desserts that are often consumed at breakfast time which innovatively include candied fruit.

Bread pudding

This dessert is often decorated with glacé cherries but can also be made using candied orange, apple, pear or peach slices. Candied fruit blends well with fresh fruit used in making this dessert such as pineapple, banana, kiwis etc. Strawberry syrup or caramel sauce are used as decoration as well as the aforementioned glacé cherries.


Fruitcake is a classic breakfast delight that is open to many variations that please clients, such as adding orange and lemon peel, fresh fruits of the forest (blueberries, blackberries, etc) or a dash of brandy if desired to intensify the flavour. Sometimes candied fruit cubes are added to the cake mixture – dusted with flour beforehand to ensure they distribute evenly throughout the cake rather than sinking to the bottom.


The most popular cakes served for breakfast at hotels and cafes are cheesecake, carrot cake, apple flan or tiramisu. Candied fruit – or candied carrot in the case of carrot cake – can easily be added to these cakes. Other cakes are less well known for including candied fruit, but when they do, the results can be surprisingly delicious, such as walnut chocolate cake, pine nut cake or orange pastafrola cake.

Individual pastry cases – tartaletas

These small desserts make ideal breakfast treats for little children and are open for many combinations. Traditionally, the short crust pastry base is filled with custard cream and topped with chopped or cubed candied fruit. However other fillings can be used for these tartaletas including kiwis, grapes, oranges, tangerines or fruits of the forest (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries etc).


Brownies are very popular for breakfast, bringing an energy boost for the morning that is truly delicious. Some brownies have a spongy texture, others are as soft as their caramel filling, whilst others are crumbly like cookies. No matter the chosen texture, candied fruit can be added to bring out the flavour and please all who sample them.

Small sized delights

Small individual desserts make ideal dishes for candied fruit as an ingredient or as decoration. Horeca establishments often offer Belgian buns, short crust pastries, cakes, cupcakes, waffles, muffins, pancakes, croissants or crème caramel as desserts or breakfast treats, all of which can be improved with candied fruit.

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