8 Scrumptious Summer Fruit Desserts

8 scrumptious summer fruits

If you ask me, summer fruit, whether a bowl of blackberries or perfectly ripe peach, qualifies as dessert all on its own. Just ask chef Alice Waters, who has been known to serve whole fruit, entirely unadorned, at her world renowned restaurant, Chez Panisse. That being said, it’s quite satisfying to transform summer fruits into tarts, crisps, frozen treats, and beyond. Here you’ll find 8 scrumptious summer fruit desserts that make the most of what’s best this time of year. They all lean a little more wholesome, while still satisfying a sweet tooth.

A Staple Summer Fruit Dessert

Before we dig in, I thought I’d share a quick “how to” on making fruit compote. It’s one of my favorite things to do with summer fruits, particularly when they are bruised, overripe, or I just have more than I can get through. You can find a full recipe in my book Rise & Shine or here, but the approach is roughly as follows:

  • Put one to two tablespoons of water and honey into a small/medium pot (figure 2 tablespoons for every 1 pound of fruit).
  • Pile pitted, sliced peaches/nectarines/plums, pitted cherries, or any berries into a pot.
  • Set the pot over high heat until the liquid starts to bubble. Drop the heat so the liquid simmers, put on a lid, and cook until the fruit is very soft, but hasn’t completely lost its shape.
  • Spoon the warm fruit over ice cream, frozen yogurt, or plain Greek yogurt.

8 Scrumptious Summer Fruit Desserts

Upside Down Plum Cake

upside down plum cake with a spatula

Blueberry Hand Pies

Blueberry Hand Pies

Raspberry Sorbet Made in a Food Processor

Two bowls of homemade raspberry sorbet with spoons and a navy polka dot napkin

Panna Cotta with Melted Raspberries

rosewater panna cotta

Summer Fruit Crisp with Walnut Date Topping

Wholesome Summer Fruit Crisp

Eton Mess with Strawberries & Yogurt Whipped Cream

Strawberry Eton Mess in glasses

Pretty Seasonal Fruit Platter

how to make a gorgeous seasonal fruit platter

Wild Blueberry Tart with Buttery Buckwheat Crust (GF)

wild blueberry tart with gluten-free crust

Brown Sugar-Roasted Apricots with Crème Fraîche

brown sugar roasted apricots

If you like these 8 Scrumptious Summer Fruit Recipes, check out these other seasonal round ups:

7 Summer Salads

6 Summer Meals

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