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Alice's Top 5 No-Bake Desserts

July  3, 2015

Every week, baking expert Alice Medrich will be going rogue on Food52—with shortcuts, hacks, and game-changing recipes.

Today: Five desserts that keep the oven firmly turned off. 

Beer for Dessert

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Now that it's July, there's no denying the heat any longer: It's hot. Our air-conditioners are in. Our shorts are on. Which is why it's high time time to re-share Alice Medrich's no-bake desserts. While the delight of laying out a freshly baked pie or sheet of brownies on the counter is a palpable one, that thrill is often countered by the climbing (read: stifling) temperatures we get the pleasure of experiencing in the summer months. But just because it's sweltering out doesn't mean your sweet tooth is taking a vacation. Good thing these five recipes preclude pre-heating.

Strawberries and Cream, 5 Ways

How To Serve Strawberries and Cream


Crazy-Good No-Temper Chocolate-Dipped Cherries

Crazy-Good No-Temper Chocolate Dipper Cherries


Beer Floats

Beer For Dessert


Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches

Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches


Sensational Strawberry Sorbet

Sensational Strawberry Sorbet

Get excited about Alice's book Flavor Flours: nearly 125 recipes—from Double Oatmeal Cookies to Buckwheat Gingerbread—made with wheat flour alternatives like rice flour, oat flour, corn flour, sorghum flour, and teff (not only because they're gluten-free, but for an extra dimension of flavor too). 



Photos by James Ransom and Mark Weinberg

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  • Kevin Chung Lin
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  • Laura415
My career was sparked by a single bite of a chocolate truffle, made by my Paris landlady in 1972. I returned home to open this country’s first chocolate bakery and dessert shop, Cocolat, and I am often “blamed” for introducing chocolate truffles to America. Today I am the James Beard Foundation and IACP award-winning author of ten cookbooks, teach a chocolate dessert class on Craftsy.com, and work with some of the world’s best chocolate companies. In 2018, I won the IACP Award for Best Food-Focused Column (this one!).


Kevin C. July 8, 2015
the grilled choco sandwiches just did it for me....LOL
RON S. July 29, 2014
Love it. I used to work in a natural food store, and did some raw stuff. Thanks for your articles. Foodies gotta stick together.
Laura415 July 25, 2014
Love the idea of the beer floats. I know it's not GF but I still love the chocolate stout with Vanilla ice cream. The best! Instead of grilled chocolate sandwiches with bread; I make (or buy) fresh made corn tortillas and fill them with chopped chocolate and a sprinkle of crunchy turbinado sugar. Grill on the stovetop until melty. They are divine and GF:)