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.
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.
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Crumbles, Crisps, and Cobblers
Photos by James Ransom and Mark Weinberg
What is your go-to summer dessert? Tell us in the comments!