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Summer Desserts to Add to Your Repertoire

A watermelon split in half and the other half cut in quarters. This article covers summer desserts to add to your repertoire.

Summer Desserts to Add to Your Repertoire

Summer would not be complete without sweet treats that are both incredibly refreshing and delicious. Whether you choose to try something new with no-churn matcha ice cream, tantalize your taste buds with watermelon ice pops with a twist, or revisit your childhood with skillet s’mores.

This is the best time to experiment and enjoy an array of new recipes. 

When your bottom-mount refrigerators are bursting with fresh and delicious summer fruits waiting to be enjoyed, there is no better way to end a festive summer BBQ or the ideal day by the pool.

A watermelon split in half and watermelon ice pop. This article covers summer desserts to add to your repertoire.

Watermelon Ice Pops

If you love fresh and bold flavors, these deceptively easy watermelon ice pops will deliver a flavorful punch you won’t get enough of. They perfectly combine sweetness, saltiness, tanginess, and heat, giving you everything you could want. 

Combine sugar and water to make a simple syrup. Add basil to the mix once the sugar has melted, stirring until completely wilted.

Allow the mixture to fully cool before continuing. In a blender, blitz the watermelon and lime juice. Strain the basil syrup, discard the wilted basil, and add the smooth, glossy liquid to the blender until everything is combined. 

Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid. Before serving, finely chop a deseeded chill. Add salt to the minced chili and run your knife through the mix until the salt turns pearly pink. Sprinkle one or both sides of the popsicle with the salt combo and serve immediately. 

No-Churn Matcha Ice Cream

For matcha lovers and those who don’t enjoy overly sweet desserts, this easy, no-churn matcha ice cream requires no special equipment, just a bit of mixing and a lot of patience. Mix condensed milk, matcha powder, vanilla, and salt together and leave to one side. In a separate bowl, whisk your cream until firm peaks form, 

Lightly fold the airy cream into your matcha mixture until well combined, ensuring you don’t mix too hard to take the air out of the batter. Pour it into a metal loaf pan, cover it with plastic wrap, and chill it in the freezer until solid and scoopable. 

Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas

You will struggle to find a more straightforward and child-friendly recipe than chocolate-covered bananas for summer.

The key to achieving the perfect look and consistency is freezing the bananas before and after they have been dunked. 

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Line a tray with parchment paper and cut your bananas in half widthwise. Place a popsicle stick into the bottom of each, line them on the tray, and freeze for at least an hour.

Melt the chocolate chips of your choice before coating the bananas in the liquid mixture and decorating them with candy sprinkles, chopped nuts, or crushed pretzels. Return to the freezer for 10 mins and enjoy. 

A skillet at a camp site made with S'mores.

Skillet S’Mores

There is no dessert more synonymous with summer than the humble s’more. But for those of us who don’t have a roaring bonfire at our disposal, a skillet s’more feast is the next best thing. Should you not own a skillet, using an oven-safe stainless steel pan is essential. 

To speed up the melting process, slightly warm your skillet before starting. Line the bottom with your chocolate of choice, adding a handful of butterscotch chips for extra richness.

Pour over cream to help keep the mixture smooth and melted before topping the chocolate with marshmallows—place in the oven until the marshmallows are wonderfully brown and gooey. Serve alongside graham crackers for dipping, ensuring you mind the piping hot pan. 

Grilled Peaches

This simple but delicious dessert will be the ultimate showstopper to end a festive summer BBQ this season, and you only need five ingredients to make it happen.

Lightly oil halved peaches in a quantity of your choice, and while your peaches are softening and getting some color on the BBQ, simply mix together cinnamon, sugar, a pinch of salt, and butter to make a sweet spread.  

Once soft, coat the peaches in the mixture and leave them on the grill until lightly caramelized. These summer delights are delicious by themselves, but also pair nicely with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.   

Peanut Butter Blondie Ice Cream Sandwich

Peanut butter lovers will rejoice when trying peanut butter blondie ice cream sandwiches, which sounds far more complicated to make than it actually is.

Whip up your favorite blondie batter recipe and add a generous helping of smooth, room-temperature peanut butter to the mix. Divide the batter between two trays before baking to ensure you have enough to make your sandwiches. 

Once cooled, add softened vanilla ice cream between the slices, as it will be easier to spread evenly at this temperature. For an added flourish of peanut butter, melt a bit extra and drizzle it over the ice cream before adding the second layer of blondie on top and freezing until the ice cream is firm. 

Piña Colada Popsicles

Inspired by the iconic flavor combinations of piña coladas, this frozen treat will be the perfect accompaniment to a hot day by the pool. Simply blend coconut milk, pineapple juice, coconut cream, pineapple chunks, and sugar until smooth.

Adjust the sweetness to your preference by adding more sugar as needed. Pour into popsicle molds or small plastic cups and freeze for at least eight hours. 

As a family-friendly option, the pops are refreshingly tasty as they are. However, should you be enjoying them with adults only, feel free to mix in a slosh or two of your favorite spirits for a summer-ready alcoholic version.

Do you have any other desserts to add to your repertoire?

Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!

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A watermelon split in half and the other half cut in quarters. This article covers summer desserts to add to your repertoire.

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