Cheesecake topped with peach slices and streusel

Summer dessert recipes

Make one of these tempting puds to round off a summer menu. Try a fruity trifle, pavlova, cheesecake or lemon tart – there's plenty of dessert inspiration here.

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Bake a creamy cheesecake topped with soft, sweet peaches and crispy streusel – a luscious dessert to round off a summer meal

2 hrs and 15 mins
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Make this showstopping cheesecake for summer entertaining. Top with strawberries or a mix of fresh berries, plus a drizzle of chocolate for extra indulgence

34 mins
Easy
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21 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Few desserts say summer like Eton mess. Crunchy meringue, whipped cream and strawberry sauce is a winning combination, best served al fresco

1 hr and 35 mins
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Gluten-free
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Gregg Wallace fell in love with Michel Roux Snr's lemon tart at first bite. This is his version of the classic recipe

2 hrs
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When you find a punnet of perfectly ripe strawberries, showcase them in this irresistible summer dessert

1 hr and 25 mins
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Wow family and friends with a stunning strawberry tart. A lovely centrepiece dessert for summer dining, it's made with homemade pastry and crème pâtissière

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
39 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This quintessentially British pud, packed with juicy summer berries, is so much easier than it looks, perfect for beginners

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Try this easy terrine for dessert, layered with ice cream, dark chocolate and marbled with a zingy raspberry purée. Prepare it ahead to wow your guests

23 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

45 mins
A challenge
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Create this retro jelly and custard trifle using cheat’s ingredients. It’s a completely make-ahead dessert, so ideal for a stress-free get together 

30 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Make this easy sorbet while elderflowers are in season. It's a fat-free, refreshing dessert for summer, or serve as an aperitif with a shot of gin poured over

30 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
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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
20 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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
20 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Try making this classic Italian dessert with delicate vanilla and a fresh strawberry topping. The perfect light sweet for a chilled summer gathering

15 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy these individual raspberry, pistachio & lemon trifles as part of a summer menu. They're easy to assemble and you can easily pack them up in tubs for picnics

25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
16 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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
18 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Make your own raspberry sorbet with just three ingredients. Perfect for hot summer days, or pairing with chocolate puds – and it's vegan too

25 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
5 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Put a Caribbean twist on a tiramisu by swapping the usual coffee for sponge soaked with mango and lime juices. The addition of rum makes it extra decadent

35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Try this twist on a favourite childhood ice-cream dessert with coffee and chocolate layers. Made with just five ingredients, it's a great make-ahead pud 

25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
7 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Pair sweet and juicy strawberries with salty feta and crumbly puff pastry for a divine summer lunch. Serve with a rocket salad and a chilled glass of rosé

40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

These pretty miniature baked cheesecakes are so easy to make and serve. Adjust the toppings throughout the year, using whatever fruits are in season

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
3 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

Make the most of strawberries in this quick dessert, with a silky mascarpone layer complemented by a tangy compote, crunchy ginger biscuits and pistachios

25 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
3 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

Serve our Eton mess ice cream in bowls or cones for some proper nostalgia. With vanilla custard, meringue and fresh strawberries, it's deliciously decadent

20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
8 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Look for ripe, sweet-smelling fruit for this simple fruit salad with kiwi, mango, pineapple, grapes, orange and berries. It’s a lovely, light summer dessert

15 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
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