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Everything You Need to Know About Summer Desserts

July  3, 2014

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: From ice-cold cakes to warm, crisp crumbles, here's how to make the most of summer sweets.

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Summer is truly the season of sweets. Our freezers are consistently stocked with one too many pints of ice cream, our fridges with the sweetest, juiciest summer fruits. We've traded dense chocolate cakes for cold, creamy desserts, and welcomed the triumphant return of pie with tart fruit fillings and flaky crusts.

But hot summer days pose a challenge in the kitchen: Working with pastry dough suddenly seems like a Herculean task; those gorgeous summer berries refuse to stay fresh for more than a few days; and turning on our ovens is a test of strength and bravery. 

Luckily, following a few simple tips and tricks can help you to avoid some inevitable hot-kitchen mishaps and pull off the perfect summer desserts, from ice cream to cakes to crumbles. 


More: Say no to gummy fillings -- make a lighter, brighter blueberry pie. 

Summer Fruit

Ice Cream


More: Have some extra bananas lying around? You're an hour away from creamy, one-ingredient ice cream

Whipped Cream

Crumbles, Crisps, and Cobblers

Photos by James Ransom and Mark Weinberg 

What is your go-to summer dessert? Tell us in the comments!

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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Tieghan G. July 30, 2014
These all look so good!! Do you happen to know where the dishes in the first photo are from?
Taylor S. July 30, 2014
One of our editors picked them up at the flea market!
Tieghan G. July 30, 2014
Ahh, I kind of figured! They are awesome!
Ordinary B. July 3, 2014
Fruit trifles are the best! I bake a large pound cake so I can use half now and freeze half for next time. I later it with summer fruit and whipped cream. Beautiful,refreshing, and delicious.