As the summer heat rolls in and spring chilliness rolls out, desserts below room temperature are no longer acts of cruelty but rather something to embrace. Add to that the wide selection of summer fruit coming into season and your dessert vistas are wide open. If you’re ready to put away the cake pan, here are three must-eat summer desserts for you to try.
Raspberry-Dark Chocolate Sundae
Nothing says summer like vanilla ice cream, but it can get old in a hurry. For a twist on the old standby, you can try a raspberry-dark chocolate sundae. Start with a scoop (or two or three) of vanilla ice cream. Drop a large handful of raspberries over the ice cream. Put on a dollop of homemade, heavy whipped cream and sprinkle shaved dark chocolate over the top. The tart berries and slight bitterness of the dark chocolate help to even out the sweetness of this dessert.
Strawberry Shortcake A La Mode
One of the easiest summer deserts to make is strawberry shortcake. You can go with packaged shortcake cups, but an angel food cake makes an excellent alternative. After that, all you need to do is slice up a pound of strawberries, add a half-cup of sugar, and let it in the fridge for a few hours. While classic strawberry shortcake calls for whipped cream on top, a scoop of vanilla ice cream can make this the perfect dessert to take the edge off the summer heat. If you’re not watching the calorie count, go ahead and drop some whipped cream on top of the whole thing.
Of course, no summer is complete without at least one peach pie to complement your picnic or backyard grilling adventure. Peach pies are one of the more versatile and colorful pie choices available. You can make it with the classic two-crust approach, a lattice crust or a single crust. If you’re ambitious, you can get fresh peaches to peel and slice yourself, but in a crunch, you can use canned peaches. Be warned, though, that you’ll want to reduce the sugar in the recipe to account for the syrup in canned peaches.
The desserts above are just the tip of the iceberg for summer desserts. Remember, summer is blueberry season and cobbler is always a favorite after dinner. For the grill-master, grilled peaches let you have your dessert and grill it too. If you want to make it fun for the kids, without letting them load up on sugar, a yogurt popsicle might be the way. When it comes to summer desserts, a little imagination goes a long way.