10 Weeknight-Friendly Summer Fruit Desserts

updated May 28, 2019
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This is your friendly Public Service Announcement reminding you to get your fill of sweet, fruit-filled desserts before summer is over. Not only does the season’s bounty of stone fruits and berries lend itself to a packed roster of sweet treats, but so many of them are also easy enough to pull together on a weeknight. That’s my kind of baking. From classic fruit crisps to rustic galettes to upside-down skillet cakes, here are 10 must-bake summer fruit desserts easy enough for a weeknight.

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A box of frozen puff pastry not only makes for the start of a simple dessert, but it also calls for a short bake time. Top it with a slick of apricot jam and a duo of peaches and raspberries.

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Built on a simple shortbread crust, this sweet spin on pizza gets a cream cheese custard and fruit topping. Use strawberries, as the recipe does, but know that any fruit you have on hand will work.

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If you like cornbread, you’ll like this cake. It uses a light cornmeal batter studded with plump blueberries and a twist of lemon. Break out the leftovers for breakfast and top it with yogurt.

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This is the most summery version of classic blondies. The base is the same, but it gets an upgrade with brown butter, white chocolate chunks, and sweet strawberries that deliver a candy-like flavor. Swap in any other berries, or try sliced peaches or nectarines.

Fruit crisp is the queen bee of easy, fresh summer desserts. Start with any type of fruit you have at home, top it with a buttery, brown sugar and oat coating, and it won’t be long before you’re digging into a lush, juicy treat. Just don’t forget the ice cream. Bonus: It’s amazing for breakfast.

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Just say yes to milkshakes on hot summer nights. This one starts with a base of gelato, then gets blended with just the right amount of ripe blueberries. Don’t have blueberries? Try swapping in peaches, raspberries, or really any soft summer fruit instead.

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Galettes are the weeknight dessert that will make you feel like a home-cook hero. It’s like a fruit pie, but with way less effort. And — you guessed it! — it comes together with any fruit you have on hand.

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If this glossy-topped strawberry skillet cake doesn’t win you over with its simple beauty, the vanilla cornmeal cake and gingery strawberries will definitely do the trick.

This is why it’s always a good idea to have some peaches on hand when you’re grilling dinner. Leave the grill on when you’ve finished cooking dinner — a quick cook time on the hot grates makes this stone fruit even sweeter, and when paired with vanilla ice cream, it’s a must-have summer dessert.

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Here is one of the easiest ways to get your strawberry fix for dessert. Let those berries swim in a mix of red wine, brown sugar, and vanilla for a little bit, and they are transformed into something elegant, sophisticated, and oh so simple.