Dessert Recipes for Summer
Favorite summer fruit desserts made lighter.
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Reviewed By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
What makes a summer dessert different from any old dessert? Usually, dessert recipes for summer are all about fruit -- think of strawberry shortcake and peach pie. After all, ripe and ready fruits come a-calling all summer long, from berries and cherries to tree fruits: peaches, plums, pears, and apricots.
Since I grew up in California, a lot of my own summer dessert memories revolve around the strawberry. My mom made a mean strawberry cheesecake. And I remember whipping up a couple of batches of strawberry shortcake every July, starting when I was old enough to hold a pastry cutter. My husband fondly remembers fruit crisps a la mode being served in his kitchen on warm summer nights.
Fruit desserts usually involve pastry, streusel topping, biscuits, or batters. They're called everything from crisps and cobblers to crumbles and buckles. From what I can tell, a crumble looks like a crisp, with crumb topping featuring the likes of sugar, oats, flour, butter, and nuts. A buckle, meanwhile, seems to be a fruit filled cake with a crumb topping.
No matter which fabulous summer dessert you're whipping up, keep these tips in mind to trim some calories and boost the fiber and nutrients:
3 Fruity Dessert Recipes for Summer
Here are three dessert recipes to add to your collection, all light, and all featuring summer fruit.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Yield: 12 servings
Per serving: 178 calories, 4 g protein, 33 g carbohydrate, 3.7 g fat, 0.7 g saturated fat, 18 mg cholesterol, 2.5 g fiber, 210 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 18%.
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