Jelly and custard trifle tart topped with meringues

Summer dessert recipes

68 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.

Quick banana ice cream sandwiches

5

(1 rating)

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

(5 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

Pistachio katmer

0

(0 ratings)

Try this fabulous Turkish dessert of ice cream sandwiched between filo pastry and sprinkled with pistachio nuts. Serve the katmer with fresh fruit
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Rhubarb & elderflower cake

5

(7 ratings)

Make the most of vibrant pink rhubarb with a cake which combines its delicious tart flavours and sweet elderflower cordial - a stunning centrepiece!
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Strawberry & pistachio olive oil cake

0

(0 ratings)

Try this versatile strawberry and pistachio cake made with olive oil and polenta or cornmeal. Perfect for afternoon tea or dessert, it’s also gluten-free...
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy
  • 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

Next level bakewell tart

5

(1 rating)

Serve for dessert or as an afternoon tea, the bakewell tart is a baking classic. We've upped the ante to make the crumbliest pastry and fabulous frangipane...
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Frozen tropical fruit yogurt

0

(0 ratings)

Try this genius recipe – as if by magic, the frozen tropical fruit freezes the yogurt when blended together. Use a food processor rather than a blender...
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

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

(5 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

Peach puff pastry tart with almonds

3

(4 ratings)

Top puff-pastry with sliced peaches to make this rustic, simple Spanish-style fruit tart - an easy yet attractive dinner party dessert
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • Easy

Lighter summer Pavlova

3

(2 ratings)

We've reinvented this fruit-topped meringue dessert to reduce the calories, sugar and fat while keeping it as irresistible as the original...
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • Easy

Peach Melba roulade

3.8

(5 ratings)

Follow our step-by-step guide to rolling the perfect peach, cream and raspberry sponge roulade or Swiss roll
  • 50 mins
  • More effort

Black Forest pudding

0

(0 ratings)

This spin on summer pudding is packed with cherries, blackberries, black grapes, blueberries, blackcurrants and a splash of Cassis liqueur
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

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