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.

Peach puff pastry tart with almonds


(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 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


(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 ratings)

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

Lemon tart with summer berries


(35 ratings)

A zingy lemon tart from Mr Ramsay. Gordon's version of the classic French Tarte au citron is well worth the effort
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Gooseberry fool


(23 ratings)

Whip up this yoghurt-based fruity syllabub dessert in only 20 minutes - great for a last minute dinner party
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Strawberry cheesecakes


(129 ratings)

Spend more time entertaining and less time in the kitchen with this speedy, low-fat recipe – ideal if you want a lighter option at the end of your dinner party...
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

Peach & almond tart


(29 ratings)

Juicy peaches, sweet almonds, melt-in-the-mouth pastry... you'll want a large slice of this one
  • 2 hours
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Raspberry layer cake


(82 ratings)

Try this light, creamy raspberry cake for a sweet summer treat
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • More effort

Easy gooseberry cobbler


(7 ratings)

This low-fat and satisfying cobbler is the perfect way to end a roast lunch with friends in summer
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Black Forest tart


(9 ratings)

Sweet cocoa pastry is filled with a rich, fruity filling of chocolate and cherries in this heavenly German gateau-inspired dessert
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • Easy

Mango, lime & coconut sundaes


(1 rating)

This easy, gluten-free pud is a delicate balance of rich coconut and sharp mango sorbet - a refreshing end to a dinner party
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Strawberry shortbread frozen yogurt


(3 ratings)

You don't need an ice cream machine to make this easy frozen dessert, topped with freeze-dried strawberries and crushed biscuits
  • 20 mins
  • Easy


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