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Summer dessert recipes

49 Recipes

Smart tarts to fruity treats for every occasion.

Strawberry & elderflower trifle

4.666665

(3 ratings)

The plumpest, ripest strawberries make up this classic summer trifle with ginger jelly and a lemon drizzle cake base
  • 45 mins
  • A challenge

Tropical Eton mess in minutes

3

(2 ratings)

Impress family and friends at the dinner table with this fabulously colourful Eton mess, with crumbled meringue, pineapple, papaya, raspberries and coconut
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Strawberry shortbread ice cream sandwich

0

(0 ratings)

Sandwich spoonfuls of strawberry cheesecake ice cream between two Viennese whirls to make this easy yet indulgent dessert. A perfect summertime sweet treat
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Gin & tonic cheesecake

3.2

(5 ratings)

Combine your favourite cocktail and dessert with this fabulously zingy gin and tonic cheesecake. It makes a perfect sweet treat for a grown-up dinner party
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Strawberry & elderflower gateau

5

(7 ratings)

Make this stunning strawberry and elderflower gateau in just 30 minutes. As well as looking amazing, it tastes as good as anything from a top-end patisserie
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Choc hazelnut ice cream sandwich

0

(0 ratings)

Squish chocolate and salted caramel ice cream between two chocolate cookies to make this irresistible frozen dessert. Devour immediately or pop in the freezer
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Rum ‘n’ raisin ice cream sandwich

0

(0 ratings)

Mix plump raisins and dark rum with creamy vanilla ice cream then sandwich between two oat and raisin cookies to make this decadent grown-up dessert
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Lemon & verbena tart with raspberries

4

(1 rating)

Impress your guests with an easy, delicious baked lemon tart. The magical sherbet flavour of lemon verbena leaves will take this classic dessert to new heights
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Caramel & coffee ice cream sandwich

0

(0 ratings)

Keep cool this summer with a simple yet indulgent frozen dessert. Who says ice cream sandwiches are for kids? Chocolate-coated coffee beans say otherwise...
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Summer fruit & mascarpone tart

5

(2 ratings)

Think of this summer fruit tart with whipped mascarpone as an oversized millefeuille. It’s very easy to make, but impressive enough for a special gathering...
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Apricot & pistachio frangipane blondies

4.75

(4 ratings)

Make the most of summer's sweet, golden apricots with these moreish apricot and pistachio frangipane blondies. They make a perfect treat for afternoon tea...
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Quick banana ice cream sandwiches

0

(0 ratings)

Bake peanut butter cookies and blitz frozen bananas with cream and vanilla to make this impressive speedy dessert. Kids will think they've hit the jackpot...
  • 27 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Caramel passion fruit slice

5

(3 ratings)

An exotic twist on the traditional caramel slice, this passion fruit traybake on a shortbread base is a real treat, ideal for bake sales and coffee mornings
  • 35 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Lychee & rosewater ice cream

5

(1 rating)

This refreshing lychee ice cream with a delicate rosewater flavour is the perfect showstopping dinner party dessert, with popping candy for added theatre
  • 15 mins
  • Easy

Giant mint choc ice

2

(1 rating)

This ice-cream and mint chocolate block takes just a handful of ingredients but is sure to impress. Ideal for feeding a crowd with a sweet tooth, simply slice and serve
  • 25 mins
  • More effort

Red berry fruit compote (German rote grütze)

5

(1 rating)

This light, fruity dessert is a German summertime staple - a mixed berry compote with custard. The fruity mix is ideal as a topping for granola or stirred through ice cream
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Pimm's scones

3.75

(4 ratings)

Two classics combined into doubly delicious results, these scones will go down a treat at a summer party, served with lashings of Pimm's-soaked fruit and boozy whipped cream...
  • 55 mins
  • Easy

Strawberry & cinnamon streusel bars

5

(4 ratings)

Pack these in tins for picnics or school fetes, or serve single bars with a dollop of clotted cream for dessert. Blackberries also work really well when strawberry season is over
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • More effort

Warm cherry & brown sugar compote

4

(1 rating)

Boozy kirsch-soaked cherries, combined with vanilla ice cream and amaretti biscuits make a dessert as simple as it is delicious
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Blackcurrant queen of puddings

4

(1 rating)

Blackcurrant compote and buttery brioche crumbs give this British classic a vibrant twist, with the sharp berries complementing the sweet meringue topping
  • 50 mins
  • More effort

Gooseberry & custard pies

0

(0 ratings)

Use slightly tart gooseberries in this summer dessert with a delicate vanilla custard and filo pastry
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Gooseberry crème brûlée tart

5

(4 ratings)

Seasonal berries and sweet pastry make a stunning dessert for a dinner party - blowtorch for a beautifully crisp cracked sugar topping
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • More effort

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