Summer desserts make the most of seasonal fruits! Discover 15 sweet treats that will carry you right through the season, from berries to stone fruits!
When summer rolls around, we know the season of lush, juicy, local fruits has arrived! Bring on the berries—raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries—I love them all. Stone fruits? Sign me up! Apricots, peaches, and ruby red cherries: they’re just begging to be eaten.
While summer fruits are a delight all on their own, who can resist stuffing them into delightful summer desserts? Not me. I say bring on the pies and crumbles! Slather everything with fruit curds! Slice up fruit-filled bars for picnics and backpacks and go exploring! Make rustic galettes oozing with fruit juices! Dress up simple cakes with fresh fruit to look stunning. Whichever way you choose to go, summer fruits will always lead you to delightful summer desserts.
And then of course, there’s gelato. Summer just isn’t summer without iced treats and you know gelato is my weakness! If you love it as much as I do and dream of making it at home, check out my How to Make Gelato article: it’s packed with tips and tricks so you can experiment with your favorite summer fruits. I’ve even got a vegan gelato recipe, which you can transform into a multitude of flavors, too!
In the meantime, I hope this juicy, fruity collection of 15 summer desserts fills you up with inspiration to make the most of this all too fleeting season!
Served individually, these colorful pistachio puddings are a lovely dessert to showcase summer’s first fruit: strawberries! The puddings are a gorgeous combination of textures: nutty, creamy, juicy, and crunchy come together to delightfully end those lazy summer meals on the patio.
That magical cross-over period when rhubarb and strawberries are in season together is best enjoyed with this twist on the classic crumble: the Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie. It’s the best of two seasonal fruits and two comforting desserts all wrapped up in one warm, juicy summer dessert!
Galettes are such a simple summer dessert that can carry almost any fruit. Their rustic look disguises just how easy they can be and this spectacular Hazelnut and Strawberry Galette is no exception. You can make most of the components of this galette in advance as well: perfect to enjoy a stressless night with guests.
Summer isn’t really summer without copious amounts of gelato! This stunning, fuchsia-hued Raspberry Rose Gelato elegantly combines the classic French flavor combination of rose and raspberry. The trick with using rose water in desserts is to balance it carefully and this dessert does a delicious job of it!
These Rose Raspberry Fool Cream Puffs make for a delightful shower, brunch, or afternoon tea party. Cream puffs are so elegant and yet, they always seem to transport you back to childhood at the same time!
An easy layer cake: is there such a thing? Yes! And this Easy, Versatile Layered Sheet Cake is it! And not only that, but it’s so easy to turn it into a showstopper of a summer dessert. All you need is some Chantilly Cream and fresh fruit and people will think you spent all day in a hot kitchen making this gorgeous cake.
This rich and creamy Peach Gelato gets its vibrant flavor from a double dose of fresh peach puree that’s mixed into the gelato and rippled throughout the pan. Add in some extra chunks of fresh peach and you have a gelato that’s peachy keen!
Southern cooking knows how to make the most of fresh peaches and this Bourbon Peach Crisp is a perfect example. Jammy peaches with a crunchy topping and a hit of bourbon make for pure summer comfort food.
Sheet cakes make desserts easy and the not-so-secret ingredient in this Fresh Peach Cardamom Sheet Cake is the cardamom. It’s wonderful when paired with peaches! Add a salted caramel cream cheese frosting, juicy sliced peaches, and candied pistachios, and you’ve got a superstar summer dessert.
If you love cherry clafoutis then you will love this perfectly portable version that’s lovely for picnics or days at the beach. Cherry Clafoutis Bars turn the classic French dessert on its head and turns it into a snack-sized summer dessert that lets cherries shine.
I couldn’t leave you without one classic French clafoutis and this one is a decadent treat. This Blackberry, Cherry, and Chocolate Clafoutis has the creamy texture you’d expect from a perfect clafoutis, with a bonus silky rich chocolate flavor, and an unexpected combination of fruits: juicy cherries and blackberries.
If blueberries are nature’s candy, then this vibrant Blueberry Curd is a tonic for the soul. Slather the rich flavor of ripe blueberries all over everything that will sit still! Toast, yogurt, granola, scones, croissants, any dessert you want to add a little flavor pizazz to—they’ll all happily love to be drizzled in this bold purple curd.
If you can get your hands on some wild blueberries this summer, then this Lattice-Top Blueberry Pie is the summer dessert to showcase them in. No wild blueberries? No problem. Regular blueberries will still make for a delicious, juicy pie too!
Everyone loves a solid bar recipe. They’re perfect for popping in lunch boxes or serving piled high on a plate with a cup of tea (so people can grab “just one more”). These Oat and Blueberry Crumb Bars fit the bill. For something a little extra special, top one with a scoop of ice cream for an after-dinner dessert!
For a really intense blueberry flavor, you won’t want to miss this silky-smooth Blueberry Gelato. Not only does it taste like summer, but it will also make your table pop with color!
Make sure to browse through my Summer Desserts category on the recipe index. It’s filled with even more desserts fit for delightfully warm days and nights.