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Today: The best desserts to pack for a picture-perfect picnic.
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When it comes to picnic fare, we know potato salads are incredibly portable, and pasta salads are endlessly adaptable. Our baskets packed, we've conquered everything we need for the summer picnic -- except the finale. When we put on a picnic, sometimes we want to finish it off with a dessert that's just impressive as one we'd pull out at the classiest dinner party.
Let vibrant summer fruit be the center of attention -- instead of a covered pie, bake berries or stone fruit into an open galette. Associate Editor Marian Bull's galette formula can be scaled down to make individual galettes, as amysarah notes. Just be sure to adjust the baking time!
For something a little simpler, ATG117 assures you can never go wrong with a good cookie. Dress them up by using the cookies to make the perfect ice cream sandwich. Transport the ice cream in a cooler with an ice pack, then assemble when ready to eat.