The Lazy Susan team have compiled our favourite summer desserts to tempt your taste buds. Whatever the occasion, we have a dessert or pudding for you!
Easy Summer Dessert
When we think of quick and easy desserts, we think of ‘make-ahead’ recipes.
Easy to make but that give you the wow factor when placed on the centre of your Lazy Susan Garden Table.
Desserts that allow you to spend more time with guests when entertaining but deliver on taste.
And for Lazy Susan, that has to be this sublime Upside Down Apricot Cake with a beautiful Amaretto Mascarpone Cream from Delicious Magazine:
- 125g butter, plus extra to grease
- 125g soft brown sugar
- 8 ripe apricots, halved and stoned
For the sponge cake
- 150g unsalted butter, softened
- 200g caster sugar
- 3 large free-range eggs, lightly beaten
- 200g self-raising flour, sifted
- 75g ground almonds
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 125g soured cream
For the amaretto cream
- 200g mascarpone
- 100g soured cream
- 3 tbsp icing sugar
- 2 tbsp amaretto liqueur or 2 tsp almond essence
You’ll find full instructions on how to make at Delicious Magazine.
Trust us when we say, this cake is a guaranteed show stopper at your next garden party.
Plus, you can make it in advance, and the cake itself will keep in an airtight container stored in a cool place for up to 3 days.
Puddings for Summer
If your looking for something that all the family will love, then can you really go wrong with a cheesecake?
This White Chocolate Berry Cheesecake from the BBC Good Food team is always a winner with all ages, but to be fair any type of cheesecake is a winner in our book:
- 2 x 150g bars white chocolate
- 2 x 300g tubs soft cheese (we used Philadelphia)
- 284ml pot double cream
- 50g caster sugar
- 170g punnet raspberries
- 5 tbsp raspberry jam
- 85g amaretti biscuits
- 200g small strawberries
- A few blueberries (optional)
The method for making can be found on BBC Good Food but this is one that is best made the day before.
It needs to be chilled for at least 6 hours or overnight to give it time to firm up.
Other than the chilling time though, it is super easy to make, and is always a big crowd pleaser!
Summer Fruit Pudding
If you’re only going to make one pudding this summer, then for the team at Lazy Susan, it has got to be a classic English summer pudding.
Soft fruit is in plentiful supply and this twist on a classic from Jamie Oliver is not only super tasty but also dairy-free:
- Olive oil, for greasing
- 800 g mixed summer berries, such as raspberries, red currants, strawberries, blackcurrants and blackberries
- 150 g sugar
- ½ an orange
- ½ teaspoon vanilla paste , optional
- 7 large slices of white bread
- 2 tablespoons red berry jam
You’ll find instructions on how to make on Jamie’s website and there’s also this great video showing how to assemble:
Summer Fruit Crumble
Much like the Summer Fruit Pudding, the crumble is as quintessential to summer as strawberries are to Wimbledon.
Plus, once you know the basics of making a good crumble topping and how to prepare the fruit, you can choose any fruit or combination of fruit that works for you and your family.
This recipe from TheKitchn.com is in our humble opinion the place to start though…
They’ve some great tips and their crumble recipe gives you that perfect combination of chew and crunch:
For the filling
- 6 to 7 cups fruit, enough to almost fill pan
- 1/2 to 1 cup granulated sugar, depending on the sweetness of the fruit
- 1 to 3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 to 3 tablespoons cornstarch, depending on juiciness of fruit
- 1 teaspoon ground spice, such as cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg (optional)
For the crumble topping
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
Personally speaking, it would be a rhubarb or apple and raspberry for me, but you use the fruit you love, or whatever’s in season.
As for serving, custard in the winter, but it’s got to be a good quality vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (or both) in the summer!
For full instructions on how to make a fruit crumble with any kind of fruit, head over to TheKitchn.com.
Desserts For Picnics
For a picnic you need something that will travel well and is easy to eat/serve.
We’re talking about things like a tray bake, blondies, brownies, muffins, flapjacks, fruit loaf or even a simple slice of chocolate cake.
However, if you want a real crowd pleaser, then the Lazy Susan team are unanimous…
It has to be this wonderful Cherry Bakewell Tray Bake from Olive Magazine:
- Ready-made shortcrust pastry 375g
- Unsalted butter 200g, softened
- Caster sugar 200g
- Eggs x 3
- Plain flour 2 tbsp, plus extra for dusting
- Ground almonds 100g
- Desiccated coconut 150g, plus 60g toasted to decorate
- Whole milk 1 tbsp
- Black cherry jam 6 tbsp
- Fresh whole cherries 10-12, pitted and halved
Full instructions on how to make can be found at Olive Magazine but trust us when we say that the combination of cherry and coconut will make it the star of your picnic!
Perfect Dessert for a Garden Party
If you’re hosting a summer garden party, then you need a real show stopper.
For us, it has to be a pavlova, and again we’re turning to our old friend Jamie with his scrumptious Summer Berry Pavlova:
For the meringue
- 6 large free-range egg whites
- 300 g caster sugar
For the fruit pavlova
- 400 g fresh strawberries and raspberries
- 200 ml double cream
- 200 ml fat-free natural yoghurt
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar
- 1 vanilla pod
- A few sprigs of fresh mint
Full instructions on how to make can be found on JamieOliver.com.
However, with meringue being a little tricky, we would also advise you watch this great video from Cupcake Jemma for Jamie’s YouTube channel below too:
Pile that meringue high with fresh seasonal fruits, serve with fresh cream, and we guarantee all your guests will leave with a smile on their face!
If you make any of the summer desserts to tempt your taste buds we’ve recommended, and you’re serving them up on your Lazy Susan Garden Table, then we’d love to see a few snaps for our Do Some Good charity initiative…