Nothing says summer like a fresh and fruity dessert. With so much beautiful produce in season, it’s a great time to satisfy your sweet tooth without spending hours in the kitchen. The following five recipes make the most of what the season has to offer and can be made with less than 15 minutes of prep time. Don’t fill restricted to using the fruits listed in these recipes. They are highly adaptable and you can substitute whatever local produce strikes your fancy. Go check out your local farmers market and play around with ripe, seasonal flavors.
Hailing from the Philippines, this sweet and fruity dessert is like a fresh, light take on a tiramisu. Layers of crushed graham cracker, fresh whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk, and sweet mangoes are combined into a light and refreshing no bake cake that is sure to be a hit with your crowd. 6 ripe mangoes, sliced4 cups whipped cream1 box graham crackers, divided1 can sweetened condensed milkDivide the box of graham crackers in half. Process half of the grahams in a blender or food processor into a fine powder. Crush the rest into bigger, quarter sized chunks using a rolling pin. Spread a layer of whipped cream on the bottom of a 9x9 pan. lined with baking parchment. Top with a layer of graham cracker chunks. Top graham cracker chunks with a layer of mango slices. Sprinkle mango slices with powdered graham crackers and drizzle with sweetened condensed milk.
Banana Ice Cream
6 frozen bananasDark chocolate, choppedCoconut flakesSlivered almondsFlaked sea saltPlace frozen bananas in a high speed blender or food processor and process 15 seconds at a time, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula until the consistency resembles ice cream. Top with chocolate chunks, coconut flakes, slivered almonds, and sea salt.
Grilled Pineapples with Rum Sauce
1 fresh whole pineapple, sliced6 tablespoons butter, melted and divided2 tbsp dark rum2 cups water1 cup superfine sugar2 teaspoons cornstarch1 vanilla bean, split and scraped1/2 tsp flaked sea salt2 cups vanilla ice creamPreheat grill. Brush pineapple rings with 2 tbsp melted butter. Grill until softened and lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Combine the remaining butter, sugar, water, rum, cornstarch, and vanilla in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Top grilled pineapple with rum sauce and serve over vanilla ice cream.
2 cups strawberries, quartered or sliced6 tbsp sugar, divided3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp heavy cream1 cup self-rising flour1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 teaspoon fresh orange juice2 cups homemade whipped creamPreheat oven to 450˚F. Toss strawberries with 1/4 cup sugar, vanilla, and orange juice in a bowl and set aside. Mix together flour and remaining sugar. Stir in 3/4 cup cream with a wooden spoon until just combined. Use a half cup measuring cup to scoop dough onto a greased baking sheet. Brush biscuits with remaining cream and bake until golden brown, about 11 minutes. Split biscuits and top with whipped cream and strawberries.
8 firm but ripe peaches, sliced1/2 cup light brown sugar2 tbsp fresh lemon juice2 tbsp Grand Marnier1 tsp cornstarch1/8 teaspoon fresh nutmeg3/4 cup heavy cream1 cup self-rising flour1/2 cup granulated sugar1/2 tsp flaked sea saltCombine the first six ingredients in a greased 9x9 glass baking dish and mix well. Bake for 5 minutes. Broil on high. While peaches are broiling, mix together flour and remaining sugar. Stir in 3/4 cup cream with a wooden spoon until just combined. Remove peaches from oven and set to 450˚F. Stir broiled peaches and spoon the dough mixture over the top. Bake for 10 minutes or until biscuit topping is golden brown. You don’t have to skimp on flavor just because you are short on time. These five desserts make the best of fresh summer fruits with a minimal amount of effort. The solid basic recipes can be switched up to suit your preferences. Not crazy about bananas? Replace them with strawberries in the ice cream recipe for a dreamy, healthy sorbet. Have a bumper crop of fresh blueberries? Substitute them for peaches in the peach cobbler recipe, or even try half peaches and half blueberries for a fun mix. Why not replace the mangoes for bananas in the mango float recipe and add some chocolate shavings on top? The combinations are limited only by your imagination. Take these simple recipes and make yourself something delicious to satisfy your sweet tooth with less than 15 minutes of work.