When the dog days of summer hit I find myself looking forward to cooler weather, fall flavors, and days of baking in the oven without worrying about heating up the house. It’s not that I don’t like summer, but the Minnesota seasons are so rich and distinct that partway through one I look forward to the next. To help live in the moment, I put together this list of some of my favorite summer treats. There’s still plenty of (hot) summer left and these cold desserts are tasty and fun treats to make without worrying about heating up your house (or yourself).
The end of summer in Minnesota is sweet corn season, and freshly picked sweet corn truly can't be beat. I love turning it into this sweet corn ice cream that really lets the natural sweetness of the corn shine through. This is the treat to serve on those last few hot days of summer before you switch over to fall flavors.
At first glance, this dish looks like a simple peach, but it is stuffed full of perfectly whipped cream with croquant and set on a bed of peach ice cream. Peaches are a gorgeous, tasty summer fruit, and all the components of this treat bring out the peach flavor while creating a dessert that is beautiful and wholly its own.
Most of these desserts don't require your oven, because who wants a blast of heat on a scorching day? I make an exception for this wonderful rhubarb berry crumble because it is so full of summer flavors that it just has to be included. A nice big scoop of ice cream also helps cool things down.
A semifreddo is a cross between ice cream and mousse, and is simple to make. The texture is smooth and luxurious, and the dessert is at its best when eaten right on the verge of melting. This is a dessert that will impress at a summer gathering for its beauty and velvety texture.
Every summer treat list should include an ice cream sandwich or two. I love this recipe because the coffee ice cream is a great way to make a more sophisticated version of a classic frozen dessert. The bonus here is that the no-churn ice cream is super simple to make.
We are now well into the ice cream portion of this dessert list. It's a given that ice cream would feature prominently on a summer treats list, and few things are better than an ice cream cake. The torched meringue adds flair to this recipe and the addition of honey and saffron to the chocolate chip ice cream adds a layer of flavor.
This is a simple recipe for one of the staples of summer, strawberry ice cream. Not only that, but I also offer five tips for how to make super creamy ice cream. Once you have these tricks down, you'll be able to whip up your favorite flavors all summer long.
The perfect ice cream cone has a rich dome of chocolate piled two (or more) high. I love this Philadelphia-style (eggless) ice cream because it is so easy to make, and you still get the rich, creamy texture of ice cream made with an eggy custard base. This recipe includes a little optional orange zest that I highly recommend.
You'll be shocked to learn the trick to making perfect sorbet. In fact, I'm not going to give it away here, because the science behind this hack is so fun and interesting that you just need to check out the whole recipe to believe it. Choose your favorite fruit juice and prepare to be amazed.
The blood-orange in this semifreddo recreates the childhood joy of a tangy creamsicle. This particular dessert was inspired by one of my mentors, Claudia Flemming, and her love for the savory side of baking. A little rosemary in the meringue is my nod to Claudia, and it creates a sweet-savory combination that adds a little elegance to a simple summer dessert.
I may be burying the lede with this lemon curd fool because this light and refreshing dessert is truly perfect for summer. The sweet berry salsa pairs with the tart lemon curd for a cooling bite on the hottest days.
There's a secret inside this vegan mango mousse. It's called acquafaba, and if you don't know what it is, read on, because it adds a frothy vegan whip to the pureed mango. You'll be as shocked as I why was by the magic ingredient that pulls this light treat together.
How do you recreate the joy of roasting a marshmallow over a crackling fire if it's too hot for a bonfire? With ice cream, of course. This s'mores icebox cake packs in the summer flavor of a perfectly singed 'mallow sandwiched between chocolate and graham crackers. Plus it's easy to make and will cool you off instead of turning up the heat in the Dog Days.
I seek out Key lime pie all year long, so I can't call it a wholly hot weather treat. However, with tart, tropical Key limes as the star, I definitely endorse this as a summer treat. My recipe toes the line of sourness with the amount of lime I use, but the result is a creamy and tart balance that hits just right.