Fruit Desserts You Can Put Together in Minutes

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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.

Mango Float

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, sliced 4 cups whipped cream 1 box graham crackers, divided 1 can sweetened condensed milk Divide 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 bananas Dark chocolate, chopped Coconut flakes Slivered almonds Flaked sea salt Place 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, sliced 6 tablespoons butter, melted and divided 2 tbsp dark rum 2 cups water 1 cup superfine sugar 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped 1/2 tsp flaked sea salt 2 cups vanilla ice cream Preheat 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.

Strawberry Shortcake

2 cups strawberries, quartered or sliced 6 tbsp sugar, divided 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp heavy cream 1 cup self-rising flour 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon fresh orange juice 2 cups homemade whipped cream Preheat 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.

Peach Cobbler

8 firm but ripe peaches, sliced 1/2 cup light brown sugar 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 tbsp Grand Marnier 1 tsp cornstarch 1/8 teaspoon fresh nutmeg 3/4 cup heavy cream 1 cup self-rising flour 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tsp flaked sea salt Combine 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.