Except for the fruit, all of the ingredients can be found in the pantry, leaving the trip to the market for finding what’s best in summer. The fruit looks beautiful when baked, and if you’re using oven-to-table baking dishes, this is a nice addition to a dessert buffet. This method is great in winter with baking pears like Bosc. Instead of the amaretti cookies, a little freshly grated nutmeg is a pleasant alternative.
Game plan: For a nice addition, reduce a cup of inexpensive balsamic vinegar by half in a small nonreactive saucepan. Set aside to cool. Drizzle on or around the fruit just before serving.