In Britain we have been told to expect better weather on the way, one of the nicest perks of the summer season is that the weather usually allows for a bit more outdoor activity. For example, during warm summer nights many families enjoy eating outside on porches, balconies, patios, etc. This means that you may be spending some time grilling and cooking food to eat outside, and as you certainly know any good outdoor summer meal needs a great dessert to go with it. There are always great dessert options for the summer season, which means if you haven’t already it’s time to stock up on some new baking equipment. This summer we recommend Marks & Spencer’s for some new baking equipment so you can be prepared to make your family’s favourite summer desserts. Here are a few specific types of desserts to keep in mind as you look for tasty treats that go well with outdoor atmospheres and meals, and the summer season in general.
Cobblers - Typically involving layers of fruits or berries baked in beneath light, doughy topping with sugar on it, cobblers are some of the very best summer desserts out there. Not only are they sweet and relatively easy to prepare, but good cobblers also involve fresh fruits and berries, which go perfectly with summer atmospheres for dessert. Throw in a bit of cool whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and your mouth will be watering in no time.
Fruit Cakes - Very simple to make, most fruit cakes simply involve mixing in whatever fruit or berry you choose with enough cake batter to form the dessert. Of course, you can add your own touches, such as icing sugar on top. Regardless, however, fruit cakes are easy to make and taste both light and sweet, which makes them ideal as summer desserts. You can find a BakingBar recommended basic cake batter recipe here.
Crisps - Also involving some light baking combined with a selection of fruit, all you need is some sweetened flour-based topping and some fruit. Put the topping on the fruit, make sure it’s all warm, and you should have a deliciously sweet dessert on your hands. Again, many people add different personal touches to this dessert, but the basics are simple enough.
Of course, your summer desserts depend mostly on your family’s tastes. It may well be that the people you live with simply prefer fresh berries and vanilla ice cream, and that’s certainly simple and delicious enough. But if you’re looking to have some fun baking some basic summer desserts, the above options are worth considering, as they allow you a great deal of flexibility and creativity. Just choose a few desserts to try out and start having fun!