In the summer we crave lighter desserts, and the good news is that the bounty of summer fruit makes that incredibly easy. From sorbets and cobblers to icebox cakes and fruit salads, the options are seemingly endless. Here are 12 fruit-forward recipes to get you started.
The last thing you want to do during the summer is turn on the oven. That's where the icebox cake comes into play. Layer in your favorite cookies or graham crackers, whipped cream and sliced fruit, then let it all meld in the fridge.
There's no need to turn on the oven to make this cobbler recipe. Instead the whole thing cooks in the slow cooker. Swap out the fruits depending on what you have available from the farmers market.
Dessert doesn't have to be a complicated affair. This ruby-hued salad gets a bright note from the lemon in the syrup. All you have to do is toss the sliced fruit with the syrup, and it's ready to serve. (Although we'll never say no to a dollop of whipped cream on top.)
This cobbler has a slightly rustic feel, thanks to being baked in a cast iron skillet and the whole-wheat biscuits that top it. Feel free to make it a mixed berry cobbler if you have blackberries or raspberries to use up.
We've nominated this dessert to be the cake of the summer. There's no better combination than berries and stone fruits, and they are perfectly on display in this must-try sheet cake.
If you want a dessert that will impress your guests, look no further than this mile-high strawberry shortcake. All the parts can be prepared in advance, and then assembled right before serving.
Fruit and sugar are all you really need to make delicious sorbet. Take whatever happens to be ripe at the farmers market, blend it up with some water and sugar, then freeze it in your ice cream maker.
We call this "weeknight cake" because it's so easy to toss together that you can make it even after a full day at work. This version is both vegan and gluten-free, so even dinner guests with food allergies or dietary restrictions can enjoy it.
The best part about this dessert recipe is just how cool it is on a hot summer night. Made the same way you would make chocolate bark, but with Greek yogurt instead, it's dessert to snack on when you don't want to break a sweat in the name of a sweet treat.
For the simplest summer dessert, we'll be making these watermelon popsicles. All you need is juiced or blended watermelon, a bit of lime juice, and some honey if you want a little extra sweetness.
Think of these like peach cobbler that's a bit easier to eat. In addition to the cobbler topping, there's a biscuit layer on the bottom so you can cut them into bars and serve them more easily.
Tart cherries can be a bit difficult to find depending on where you live, but you can always mail-order them frozen if need be. And believe us, you'll want to for this perfectly sweet-tart cherry crumble.