Cool Summer Desserts

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pudding_cSummertime evokes charming images of long peaceful days relaxing in sun-dappled shade, but the reality is that summer usually has more crazy days than lazy ones. All we can hope to do is carve out a few periods of calm and tranquility to enjoy with family and friends. Hot summer days are the perfect time to serve chilled dishes. By serving cool food, you can prepare dishes in advance so that you don't have to heat up the kitchen at the last minute.

"To make a meal stress free, think cool. The refrigerator and freezer can be your best friend for summer entertaining," said Martha White® baking expert Linda Carman. "Cooking early in the day before it gets too hot and cooking dishes for freezing not only makes entertaining easier, but can also save energy."

Cool cooking

Hot summer days are the perfect time to serve chilled dishes. By serving cool food, you can prepare dishes in advance so that you don't have to heat up the kitchen at the last minute.

Build your meal around a hearty main dish salad. Cornbread and pasta salads make ideal summer dishes when they contain meat, cheese and/or beans, along with vegetables. Chicken, tuna and pimento cheese salads are classic summer fare.

Cook meat outside on the grill and serve refrigerated side dishes prepared earlier in the day. Potato, bean and fruit salads or crisp green salads are always welcome. And hardly any summer meal is complete without a plate of sliced home-grown tomatoes.

Cool desserts

The grand finale to any summer meal is a cool, creamy dessert that you can pull right out of the refrigerator and serve. Refrigerated desserts often need several hours to chill, so they are perfect to make in advance with no worries about last minute preparation.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie has a press-in crust with only three ingredients - chocolate chip muffin mix, butter and chopped peanuts. Equally easy to make, the filling is light and fluffy.

If you love strawberries dipped in chocolate, the White Chocolate Brownies with Fresh Strawberries recipe is for you. It's a simple combination of fudgy brownies made from a mix topped with creamy white chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries. Ganache sounds impressive, but all you do is melt white chocolate chips in hot cream.

Fresh Fruit Tart features a sweetened cream cheese filling. The crowning touch is a variety of seasonal fruits arranged over the top.


Here are some recipes:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

White Chocolate Brownies with Fresh Strawberries

Fresh Fruit Tart


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