Looking for easy summer desserts? Try our summer dessert recipes for BBQ desserts and al fresco meals, with plenty of strawberry desserts and make-ahead frozen desserts, ideal for hassle-free entertaining.
Want an easy summer dessert? Check out this show-stopping trifle recipe. Inspired by those childhood blocks of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream, this trifle is a technicolour trip back in time.
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Here are our boozy ice-cream float ideas for the best summer entertaining. We’ve seen ice-cream floats popping up on menus for a while, but they’re fun and simple to make at home, too. Try our ice cream toppings to make these easy dessert recipes.
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Make this cheesecake bars ahead for an easy BBQ dessert recipe. We’ve used fresh seasonal apricots and crunchy amaretti biscuits.
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Pavlova is an iconic summer dessert recipe. Elderflower, kiwi and pavlova: three words we love. Put them all together in this meringue dinner-party dessert recipe, designed to impress friends and family.
Another great summer dessert for a BBQ. Check out this frozen Nutella cheesecake with classic bourbon biscuits and crunchy roasted hazelnuts.
Want to whip up a quick and easy summer dessert last-minute? Peaches and raspberries make the best fruit trifles. Shop bought cake makes this classic pud so easy and individual desserts always look good.
Perfect for a garden party, this impressive dessert is an olive favourite. A classic, impressive lemon meringue pie with crisp pastry, tart curd and fluffy meringue that’s easy to make. What more could you want?
Put a summery twist on chocolate éclairs with these light and airy strawberry ones. They’re a little effort, but look stunning – they’ll be a hit with adults and kids alike. You can get strawberries all year round now, but they’re at their best from June until August, so make the most of them.
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This matcha mille crêpe cake looks really impressive but is also easy to make. Create this beautiful green tea inspired cake using layers of crepes and custard cream and dust with some matcha powder to finish.
A vibrant dairy-free summer pudding, this recipe is really refreshing and you don’t even notice it’s dairy-free because of the creaminess of the coconut cream. Also the addition of turmeric, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, adds a zingy flavour to the dessert.
Check out our recipe for silky smooth espresso panna cotta. This dessert is an ideal way to end any dinner party, it’s gluten-free and looks impressive.
We’ve taken the classic British combination, strawberries and cream and transformed it into a donut. These donuts are not only incredibly moreish and easy to make, they’re a perfect summertime treat.
Give our Italian almond and Amalfi lemon cake a go. The Amalfi lemons have a strong intense lemony aroma, and are slightly sweeter. This light summery cake is seriously moreish, a real crowd pleaser.
We’ve combined two classic British summertime favourites into one seriously indulgent dessert. This fresh and creamy Eton mess cheesecake is the perfect pudding to impress your friends and family with this weekend.
Check out our vibrant and crunchy crumble recipe with succulent peaches and tart raspberries. Smacking the peaches for this crumble starts to release some of the sweet juices and provides you with some rough, raggedy chunks for extra texture.
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Try our black cherry granita, it’s a perfect summer palate cleanser. This recipe is super quick and easy to make, and it’s great for a big crowd.
This peach and almond tart is a little effort to make, but the results are delicious, with a light hazelnut and almond frangipane holding the poached peach slices. You can skip the pastry making part of this recipe if you like and use a ready-made sweet pastry.
This beautiful panna cotta is a twist on the traditional Italian version with the refreshing Asian flavours of coconut and mango. You can buy toasted coconut shavings at health food shops and large supermarkets. Alphonso mangoes have a sweet, vanilla-ish flavour. If they’re not in season, you can use any mango variety.
The icebox cake is a US staple for – the biscuits become pleasantly softened by the ice cream and the whole thing holds together so you can cut it into wedges for a decadent summer dessert.
We’ve jazzed up this classic combination and baked it in the style of a cheesecake. This creamy recipe isn’t just easy to make, it looks super impressive, too. Just check out those swirls.
Check out this super creamy passion fruit panna cotta. This quick and simple panna cotta recipe can be made easily in advance, plus it looks impressive too.
These strawberry shortcake ice-cream sandwiches are an easy but impressive summer treat. If you’re planning on making these a day or so ahead, just dunk the sides of the sandwiches into the freeze-dried strawberries before serving.
Handmade double-cream ice cream, ripples of salty caramel butterscotch and crunchy, rich, dark chocolate. This is the dessert you’ve been dreaming of from Chelsea restaurant Rabbit.
Try our raspberry and mint jelly recipe for a contemporary, grown-up twist to a traditional party pudding. The mixture of flavours and the sophisticated red and transparent layers make this jelly a perfect centrepiece for any table.
The coolest, most irresistible ice cream sandwiches in existence. They’re surprisingly quick to make and the ice cream part requires NO CHURNING whatsoever!
One of the pleasures of a Greek holiday comes in those moments after dark (and after dinner) when everyone moves to the tables in a local square to drink coffee and eat plates of tiny cinnamon-scented doughnuts. Whether your preference is for the sugar-dusted variety or those soaked in honey, try making them at home for a crowd-pleasing dessert with a difference.
Nothing says summer quite like our boozy knickerbocker glory with Pimm’s jelly. This will be a hit with adults and kids. Dip the wafer in icing or melted chocolate, then in sprinkles, if you like
This classic strawberry tart recipe comes from Noble Rot in Bloomsbury and makes for a great prep-ahead dessert for entertaining
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi of London-based restaurant and deli Ottolenghi (ottolenghi.co.uk) say the secret to their famous meringues is a good freestanding electric mixer. Making them by hand is out of the question (your arm muscles would never cope) and using a handheld electric mixer is not practical – the mixture gets too firm for most machines. They recommend heating the sugar to help it cook the egg white as the meringue is being beaten, this gives a stable mixture.
These thyme, elderflower and lemon ice lollies are a great grown-up treat to help you cool down in the warmer months. You can make this into a cordial too, just reduce the water to 750ml and strain into sterilised jars
Get perfect results every time with this quick and easy pavlova recipe. With the perfect combination of crunchy and gooey meringue, and an endless variety of toppings, everyone needs a staple pavlova recipe.
A lovely summer pistachio cake with strawberry icing that’s worth the extra effort. When strawberries smell good, they should be at optimum ripeness and have flavour – perfect for this cake.
Peach melba is a classic British dessert created to honour the Australian soprano Nellie Melba. Try the great combination of peaches and raspberries in our peach melba ice cream for a sweet and tart frozen dessert for summer.
Master the art of French patisserie with the classic mille feuille. Delicate layers of puff pastry, fresh summer berries and sweet calvados cream make this tea time treat a showstopping recipe to serve to your friends and family.