Temperatures are up and if your craving for sweets rises with the mercury, you’ll love these five delicious desserts. What’s great about these sweet treats is you can whip them up in minutes using a combination of fresh and purchased ingredients and without even turning on the oven.
1. Strawberry shortcut
Sprinkle sliced strawberries with sugar and a splash of your favorite liqueur — make sure to choose one with a flavor that will pair well with strawberries like orange or almond. Let the berries sit for 20 minutes. The sugar will dissolve and combine with the fruit’s juices to create a delicious sauce.
Slice store-bought pound cake and top with a heaping spoonful of the berries — and sauce — and sweetened whipped cream.
2. Ice cream sandwiches
Make a super quick and easy classic dessert with your favorite cookies and ice cream. Leave the ice cream on your counter for about 15 minutes to soften it. Place one scoop in the center of one cookie. Top with a second cookie, pressing gently to spread the ice cream evenly between the two cookies.
Roll the edges in cookie crumbs, chopped nuts, toasted coconuts or mini chocolate chips. Pop your sandwiches back in the freezer for 30 minutes before serving.
3. Frosty fruit
Nice, cool seedless grapes can go from fruity snack to sweet treat with a sprinkling of superfine sugar. To make frosted grapes, rinse the grapes and pat them dry. Use a pastry brush to brush them lightly with egg whites. You can use pasteurized egg whites if you’re concerned about salmonella.
Sprinkle the grapes with superfine sugar and let them set for a few minutes before serving. Superfine sugar is simply granulated white sugar that’s been ground into even tinier granules. Make your own by pulsing regular sugar in a food processor until fine.
Not to be mistaken for crudités, fruitités are fresh fruit that’s sliced and served with a dipping sauce. Arrange fruit on a serving platter with toothpicks to make it easy for your guests to grab them.
Mix plain yogurt with pureed berries to taste in a small bowl. Serve the sauce with the fruit.
5. Be a fool for dessert
A fool is a light and fluffy cold dessert made by carefully folding pureéd fruit into whipped cream or sometimes egg whites whipped to stiff peaks. Whip up a quick mango fool by folding mango puree into sweetened whipped cream. Spoon into wine glasses or small dessert bowls and chill until ready to serve.
Garnish with a few fresh berries or a sprig of fresh mint for a delicious and refreshing dessert.