With long days of intense sunshine, summer brings beach days, camping trips, pool parties and days on the lake. Not only does it provide the perfect time to escape to the outdoors, it also brings a bounty of fruit. From stone fruit to berries, there are numerous ways you can use your abundance of fruit to create the perfect dessert. Check out the following eight treats to delight your taste buds during the longest, and best days of the year.
One of the most traditional summer desserts is strawberry shortcake, but if you are looking to try something new with strawberries, replace the shortcake with toasted pound cake. The crispy toasted pound cake adds a deep texture to the mix, and the decadent chocolate cream blows basic whipped cream out of the water. Ne-Mo’s lemon pound cake is ideal for this switcheroo thanks to the citric pop from the lemon which will deepen the berry flavor. This dessert will have you dreaming of strawberry fields for months to come.
Building a campfire and roasting marshmallows over its open flames is a quintessential summer activity. You could make the classic combination of marshmallow, milk chocolate bars, and graham crackers this summer, but why not change it up a bit and add fruit to the mix? Raspberries add brightness and cut the richness of traditional s’mores, making it almost too easy to have more than one. If you are gluten-free, you can substitute slices of apples in place of the graham crackers, making this treat slightly healthier, but just as tasty.
A delight to devour thanks to the sweet peaches tossed in sugar and roasted to perfection, this napoleon is layered with fresh fruit and a sweet cream and sandwiched between puff pastry that truly melts in your mouth. If you prefer a fruit besides peaches, you can use any other stone fruit that is available, like apricots and plums. French puff pastries are intimidating to make from scratch, but thanks to frozen puff pastry, you can feel like a seasoned pastry chef and make desserts that dazzle the eye and your mouth.
If you want a homemade dessert to serve during your next family meal, but are short on time, opt for this homemade cherry crisp. This dessert takes all of 15 minutes to make thanks to using premade cherry pie filling and a simple crisp mixture that calls for only three main ingredients and two spices. Once you pull this out of the microwave, your family will think that you have been slaving over the stove for hours!
Reducing balsamic vinegar intensifies the flavor so much so that even cheap balsamic taste like carefully aged artisanal vinegar. By adding a bit of honey, the balsamic reduction becomes even sweeter and makes a wonderful marinade for delicate white fish, like halibut, or the base for a bright salad dressing. However, if you are already grilling steaks or barbequing chicken, halve ripe stone fruit and grill it over charcoal. This will give your fruit a smoky and deep flavor, but also caramelizes the fruit and makes it sweeter. Top with the delicious balsamic honey glaze and a dollop of whipped cream to realize your summer heaven.
When it comes to classic desserts, nothing screams summer like blueberry pie. Over at Serious Eats, they’ve tested dozens of recipes to perfect the beauty that is blueberry filling, ensuring that it loaded with intense berry flavor. This filling has the ideal ration of fruit to tapioca starch and sugar which allows the filling to thicken while the crust cooks into a golden and flaky masterpiece. Once you cut into the pie, you will find a filling that is firm and juicy, perfect for blending with whipped cream.
Marian Burro’s recipe for this decadent dessert first appeared in the pages of the New York Times from 1983 until 1989. When the periodical removed the recipe from its annual late-summer food section, readers sent in letters demanding its return to the Gray Lady’s pages and rightfully so: the almost too simple batter rises around halved plumes while it bakes, and the sweet-sour plums create a jam inside the cake. Topped with cinnamon and sugar, this torte is a perfect way to end summer’s fruitful bounty.
Generously sized and always fresh, Ne-Mo’s crumble cakes are baked with delicious fillings. All of our cakes are topped with brown sugar crumbles and baked to perfection. If you are looking for a bright dessert on a warm summer day, reach for our tangy lemon raspberry cake. If you want a deep and bold fruit crumble, our blueberry is the best choice for you. Of course, we also have the classic cinnamon streusel which pairs perfectly with a bright cup of coffee from your local roaster. Whatever flavor you choose, you can’t lose with Ne-Mo’s!