Summer desserts

Summer desserts featuring seasonal berries as well as meringue, ice cream and more. These easy recipes have real sunshine flavours!

Summer desserts are full of the flavours of the season, such as seasonal berries like strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. While these lovely fruits are available in abundance, use them to complement light and fluffy meringues, whipped cream or delicate pastry cases.

Fruity desserts are a favourite during the summer as they tend to be quick and easy to make, so you don’t have to spend ages in the kitchen. This summer dessert recipe collection pulls together some of our most summery ideas that are also seriously impressive.

Enjoy these light, summery desserts outside at a picnic or barbecue and if the weather doesn’t allow that, they’ll taste just as good indoors! We’ve got so many easy and tasty summer desserts for you to try. Whether you’re a kitchen whizz or a beginner, we’ve got recipes for you to have a go with.

Strawberries are in season in the UK between April and October, which means there’s often a glut of them over summer. You can do so much with them, from mixing them in with crushed meringues and cream for making Eton mess, to baking them into tarts and cakes, or even eating them simply on their own, dusted lightly with icing sugar.

The same goes for blackberries and raspberries, which are in season from June through to November.

Summer is also about those fab tropical flavours that transport us to really exotic locations! Pineapple, coconut and mango are such refreshing flavours that can be enjoyed in a super tasty sorbet, for example, or on top of a pavlova.

Elderflower season is short, but it’s well worth making the most of it when it starts in May. It’s got a really delicate taste and you don’t need to harvest your own elderflower to enjoy it – elderflower cordial is available in most supermarkets so you can get your hands on it really easily!

This Slimming World’s iced raspberry and orange parfait (pictured) is the perfect example of a summer dessert that you can make in no time. This summer delight takes just 20 mins to prep – plus time to freeze – as well as being guilt free thanks to some clever cheats.

Click through for more of our favourite summer desserts…