Cold desserts are a sweet way to beat summer’s heat and stay refreshed in spite of the oppressive weather. Besides, who wants to use the oven when temperatures are high? Experiment with different cold desserts, and you can enjoy the sweeter things in life all summer long.
Sweet and Simple
Ready to cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth, but don’t want to slave over a dessert ? Make something sweet and simple to finish the meal instead. If you’re looking for something cold to eat in summer, it’s not going to get much cooler than ice cream.
If you have a blender or mixer, it’s easy to make a milkshake. Mix 1 cup of milk with ½ cup of the ice cream of your choice. Serve it in a frosted glass, and you’ve got a tasty cold dessert with very little work.
But if you want to do even less work, make a root beer float. Put one good scoop of vanilla ice cream in a chilled glass. Pour root beer on top, put a spoon in the glass and serve. Root beer floats are a simple dessert that people of all ages love.
If you want to create a classic cold dessert, try refrigerator cake…or cakes that can be refrigerated.
Refrigerator cake is actually served chilled, and requires very little baking. Once you master the basics of a simple refrigerator cake, you can change the recipe around as you like.
Cheesecake is always served cold, and it’s versatile. Make a classic cheesecake in a pie tin, or create more filling for cheesecake bars that can be cut into pieces.
Strawberry shortcake is another refrigerated dessert that’s easy to make. Layer pieces of shortcake (which can be bought pre-made) with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Don’t like strawberries? Use a different fresh fruit instead. If you choose a fruit that’s tart by nature, such as blueberries, you’ll want to add sugar to sweeten the flavor.
Cold pies are delicious in summer, and many recipes require no baking whatsoever. If you mix a little butter with graham cracker crumbs and a little sugar, you’ll make a perfectly serviceable no-bake crust for almost any pie you like. Key lime pie, mousse pies and other no-bake pies are a tasty way to cool down in summertime.
Stay chill this summer with cold desserts you don’t have to bake. It’s a perfect way to finish a meal, and an easy way to avoid heating up your house with the oven.