With sweet seasonal fruit in abundance, and alfresco gatherings aplenty, desserts are a pretty big deal during the summer months. Whether it’s something sweet and refreshing after an epic barbecue, a portable pud to take on a picnic, or a summer party centre-piece that pulls out all the stops, we’ve got the summer desserts to take you through the season, and beyond.
Let’s kick things off with a summer party showstopper like no other. Featuring Pimms-soaked raspberries, zingy lemon curd and outrageously chewy meringues, this epic Pavlova recipe is one to bring out when you want to seriously impress. You can make the meringues a little in advance, but making them from scratch is really worth it.
Baked lemon cheesecake
Baked cheesecake in a frying pan? Yep, that’s right! In this genius recipe from Jamie’s latest cookbook, ONE, everything is made and baked in one frying pan. Crunchy Biscoff biscuits, zesty lemon and sweet summer raspberries bring the flavour to this easy cheesecake recipe. Get baking!
Passion-berry choux buns
Okay, so choux pastry can feel daunting, but if you really want to pull out all the stops, this choux bun recipe won’t let you down. The rich pastry and luxurious cream matches the burst of summer berries perfectly. This dessert won’t be easily forgotten.
Vanilla yoghurt panna cotta
No panna cotta is complete without that perfect creamy texture and satisfying wobble. Here, Jamie celebrates summer strawberries, roasted rhubarb and classic vanilla, and puts a lighter spin on things with yoghurt and semi-skimmed milk. Mix and match the flavourings to infuse the cream, and flex the fruits depending on what’s in season.
Piña colada fro-yo
This booze-free piña colada fro-yo recipe contains no sugar, so it’s suitable for the whole family. It’s super-quick to put together and great to have in the freezer, ready to go – the kids will go nuts for it!
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Soft, spongy brioche buns served warm with melty ice cream, gooey chocolate, summer berries and crunchy nuts. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you can all-out on the fillings. Anything goes!
AND FOR THE GROWN-UPS…
Mango pisco ice lollies
If you’re in need of a fun, make-ahead summer dessert, these frozen fruity cocktails are summer on a stick. The crunchy quinoa crumb gives a delightful texture, but you can leave it out if you prefer.
This retro show-stopper is the perfect end to a big summer feast. It’s easy to make ahead so that all the hard work is done the day before, leaving you free to enjoy it as much as your guests!
Wimbledon summer pudding
This is an absolute classic summer dessert recipe, but Jamie’s given his version a little Wimbledon twist. Lemon curd, Pimm’s and ginger beer bring this pud bang up to date, and the cucumber is a total game-changer.
Mojito fruit salad
This quick and easy summer dessert is perfect for when you want a last-minute, laidback pud after a relaxed dinner with your mates. It’s boozy, so defo one just for grown-ups, but it sure tastes good!
If these boozy puds have tickled your taste buds, check out our classic summer cocktails for more inspo.