Summer Desserts

Luscious fruit pies, classic ice cream, fresh fruit and indulgent chilled chocolate. These summer desserts are the perfect finale to any warm-weather gathering, from backyard barbecue to pool party and more.
Summer Desserts: Creamy Peach Tart with Smoky Almond Crust
Perfect summer desserts, like creamy peach tart with smoky almond crust. Photo © Tina Rupp.

Summer Desserts: Ice Cream

Summer Desserts: White Fudge Sundae

« Pastry chef Wayne Harley Brachman's reverse ice cream sundae pairs creamy white-chocolate fudge sauce with cocoa whipped cream and chocolate ice cream.

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Summer Desserts: Summer Fruit Pies and Tarts

Summer Desserts: Free-Form Blueberry Tart

« Candied ginger in this blueberry tart's crust lends a hint of spice; feel free to add more or omit it altogether.

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Summer Desserts: Granitas

Summer Desserts: Watermelon Granita with Cardamom Syrup

« Top Chef alum Marisa Churchill drizzles her fat-free granita with a fragrant cardamom syrup.

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Summer Desserts: Chilled Chocolate Desserts

Summer Desserts: Chocolate Cream Pie

« An ingenious crust made from chocolate wafers turns a simple pudding into an amazing pie.

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Summer Desserts: Healthy Summer Desserts

Summer Desserts: Confit of Peaches with Mint

« There's no showy technique behind this incredibly easy summer dessert—you just need great ripe, slightly firm peaches to soak in a simple fruit-infused syrup.

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Summer Desserts: Frozen Desserts

Summer Desserts: Minty Lime Baked Alaska

« For this healthy frozen dessert, F&W's Grace Parisi tops nonfat angel food cake with lime sorbet mixed with chopped mint and rum.

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Summer Desserts: Fruit Cobblers & Crisps

Summer Desserts: Plum Cobbler

« F&W's Grace Parisi loves big fruit desserts, like this luscious fruit cobbler, for summer parties.

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Summer Desserts: Popsicles

Summer Desserts: Ruby-Grapefruit-and-Campari Ice Pops

« Using fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice makes all the difference in these sweet-and-tart popsicles.

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Summer Desserts: Summer Shortcakes

Summer Desserts:  Strawberry Shortcake with Star Anise Sauce

« White chocolate in the batter, crème fraîche and heavy cream in the icing make this all-American dessert especially rich and moist.

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Summer Desserts: No-Bake Desserts

Summer Desserts: Passion Fruit Ice Cream Pie with a Ginger Crust

« For this grown-up ice cream pie, Grace Parisi creates a crispy, chewy crust with crumbled gingersnaps, dried pineapple and candied ginger.

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Summer Desserts: Grilled Desserts

Summer Desserts: Grilled-Fruit Bruschetta with Honey Mascarpone

« This summer dessert is a fantastic showcase for seasonal fruit at its peak; caramelizing the fruit on the grill intensifies its flavor.

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Summer Desserts: Picnic Desserts

Summer Desserts: Caramel-Pecan Bars

« These delightful caramel-pecan bars are both gooey and crisp.

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