Summer is the perfect time make fruit based desserts because many popular fruits are in season. Here’s a list of some our favorite fruit-based summer desserts:
Tarts typically use uncooked fruit, which means the fresher the fruit, the more intense the flavors will be. Tarts taste especially good with peaches, cherries, nectarines, apples, pears, and berries. Master this one recipe and you’ll have the ability to make unlimited tarts!
Now that blueberries are in season, it’s time to find ways to use them all! This blueberry cheesecake is bursting with flavor. Fresh blueberries are baked into the filling and the whole cheesecake is topped with a fresh blueberry topping. To minimize the intensity of the blueberries, you can omit the blueberry topping and used whipped cream instead.
Peach cobbler is a classic summer dessert and making one is a nice way to use all those in-season peaches! In this recipe, peaches are combined with sugar and water and then baked in cobbler batter. You can also substitute other stone fruits such as nectarines, cherries, and apricots if you don’t have enough peaches on hand. In fact, nectarines and peaches grow on the same tree – nectarines are technically peaches that have a smooth skin.
These blueberry brownies are a great way to give this favorite dessert a healthy burst of flavor. In this recipe, plump blueberries are gently stirred into your favorite brownie recipe and then baked as usual. If you don’t have blueberries on hand, you can always substitute other berries, such as raspberries or blackberries.
Ice Cream Cake
Ice cream cake is a classic summer dessert! It seems to hit the spot when the temperature is particularly hot. Layers of creamy ice cream are added to freshly baked cake to create this unforgettable dessert. To stick with the fruit theme, use fruit-flavored ice cream and garnish the cake with fresh-picked fruit.
Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait
If you have plenty of fresh strawberries, cheesecake parfaits are a real treat! This recipe is super easy, too, because it doesn’t need to be baked. If you don’t have strawberries on hand, you can actually use any type of fruit. Blueberries, peaches, and raspberries taste particularly good in this parfait.
Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake
This cheesecake recipe is the perfect combination of two dessert classics. It’s also incredibly versatile because you can actually use any berry that you want. For example, blueberries and raspberries are a little more common in late summer and may be a better choice if you make this dessert in late July or August.
Fresh fruit is what makes these desserts special. Make sure that you use the freshest choices that you can find!