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Alice's Top 5 No-Bake Desserts

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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. 

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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

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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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