Jelly and custard trifle tart topped with meringues

Summer dessert recipes

72 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.

Summer fruit & mascarpone tart

5

(4 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

Strawberry shortcake slice

3

(8 ratings)

Layer biscuits with strawberries and cream and they'll soften to create an indulgent no-bake dessert. Super easy and delicious, it's a fabulous summer treat...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Apricot & pistachio frangipane blondies

4.625

(8 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

Orange & passion fruit traybake

4.333335

(6 ratings)

Try this fresh and fruity orange and passion fruit cake with creamy mascarpone topping - a lovely dessert for a weekend family meal
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Quick banana ice cream sandwiches

4.857145

(7 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

(8 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

4.944445

(18 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

5

(3 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

4

(3 ratings)

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

(2 ratings)

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

(2 ratings)

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

5

(2 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

4.166665

(6 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

(6 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

4.5

(2 ratings)

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

5

(1 rating)

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

4.8

(5 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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