Savoring Home: 5 Summer fruit desserts

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about summer is the fabulous produce. We live in a city, so we can’t grow our own produce, but I more than make up for it when we go to the farmer’s market or grocery store. I cannot get enough of the beautiful veg and delicious fruit, even when I go to the grocery store looking for something else.

So, in case you’re like me and you occasionally “over-buy” in-season fruit (as if that is even possible), I thought I’d share 5 great recipes links for fresh fruit desserts. These are all very simple recipes, because no one should break a sweat in the kitchen in the middle of the summer. Try not to drool on your keyboard as you look at these pictures!


Ruth is the former editor of Gourmet magazine and the former food critic of the New York Times. For a fun summer read, I also recommend her book Garlic & Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, in which Ruth shares her fascinating experiences trying to blend in at NYC restaurants to give accurate reviews. The book also has some great (simple!) recipes Ruth makes at home, just like this 5-ingredient pie.


Have your ever bought more pints of blueberries than you can think you can eat before they go bad? Been there! Just in case you have already used them in cereal and on ice cream, this easy dessert from a Food Network genius can take care of the rest of your bounty! Oh, and save some of that vanilla ice cream to go along with this dish.


I love the dessert recipes in Southern Living, even if some of them are way too complex and delicate for me to make. Fortunately, this dessert is not hard to make at all. It covers you for any type of berry you may have and is oh so cooling at the end of a long day. Looking at this picture makes me wonder if I need to go pick up some more strawberries…


This recipe from Better Homes and Gardens magazine is on our to-try list. We love watermelon in the summer and this recipe has some nice savory flavors we already love for its garnish. I also like the idea of using the watermelon and plain gelatin to make something from scratch, in a true color-found-in-nature (unlike some other sugary products that won’t be named…cough*jello*cough). This could become a new picnic favorite here.


I can’t make a list of great summer fruit desserts without including some gorgeous citrus. The recipe comes from Real Simple magazine and is great for entertaining. You can slice everything in advance and then just layer it on each dessert plate when it is time to serve. I think pound cake and citrus is a magical combination and should be ranked up there with peanut butter and chocolate. Yum!

Now it’s your turn to dish! Which recipes sound good to you? Do you have go-to summer dessert recipe? Share it with a link in the comment so we can all try it. I’ll be posting my favorite summer tomato recipe next week. It is sooooo satisfying! Stay tuned!

Posted on July 6, 2011, in Food, Lifestyle, Recipes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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