Summer desserts

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  • In the winter, we love warming desserts like pie and chocolate cake but in the summer, when the weather turns warmer, we want something light and refreshing. 

    Especially as most of us will be looking to spend some more time outdoors this year – at a garden party or going for a picnic – and dessert is a HUGE part of that, as everyone from the smallest toddler to the oldest adult loves a sweet treat after a BBQ or light lunch.

    It’s just one of those al fresco essentials you have to have, a bit like potato salad or pasta bake.

    So now the summer fruits are back in season, it’s a great time to brush up on your pastry chef skills and explore the possibilities of summer desserts. Berries like strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are all available in abundance at the moment, and you can use them to complement light and fluffy meringues or delicate pastry creations.

    We’ve got options for exciting cakes and cupcakes, ice cream, tarts and ice lollies – so there’s sure to be a treat to take everyone’s fancy.

    Fruity desserts are a favourite during the summer as they tend to be quick and easy to make, so you don’t have to spend ages in the kitchen – and they appeal to all tastes. This summer dessert recipe collection pulls together some of our most summery ideas that are also seriously impressive.

    Enjoy these light, summery desserts outside at a picnic or barbecue and if the weather doesn’t allow that, they’ll taste just as good indoors!

    Summer is also about those fab tropical flavours that transport us to really exotic locations! Pineapple, coconut and mango are such refreshing flavours that can be enjoyed in a super tasty sorbet, for example, or on top of a pavlova.

    Click through for more of our favourite summer desserts…