Summer is upon us! That means it’s time for light, fresh and fruity bakes and those are generally my favourites. Over the years, I’ve posted quite a few wonderfully fruity recipes, which you can find in my recipe index. However, I thought it would be nice to highlight a few of those older recipes in a separate post today, to give you some summer baking inspiration! Although I usually associate baking with the colder months, there are definitely a lot of delicious bakes to try during the summer season.
Let’s get into them!
Nectarines are such a lovely summer fruit, and I love baking with them! The same goes for blueberries, which are so versatile and can be used in many different bakes – I’ve got a ton of blueberry recipes on the blog. This very simple sponge cake is based on the French quartre-quart cake since it uses equal amounts of flour, sugar, butter and eggs. And tons of fresh fruit!
Everybody loves a good tiramisu, right? The Italian classic is well-loved, and for good reason: it’s absolutely delicious and also very easy to make! Although a classic tiramisu is a great summer dessert, you could also give this fruity alternative a try. It uses strawberries and raspberries, as well as lemon squash syrup to soak the lady fingers in, which makes for a very fresh and light dessert. Also, you don’t need an oven for this recipe, which makes it the perfect dessert to prepare on a hot day.
I haven’t made this one in a very long time, which is a shame because it is absolutely delicious. The mango and passionfruit give this tart a very tropical feel, and what more do you want in summer? Underneath the layer of mango, there’s a layer of mascarpone mixed with the juice from the passionfruit, and the apricot comes in for an apricot jam glaze on top. Yum!
I love a good muffin, so I couldn’t not include a muffin recipe in this list! These lemon and blueberry ones are very fresh and fruity, so they’re a great summer muffin. The texture of the muffin is silky smooth and there’s a blueberry (or two, or three) in every bite. What’s not to love?
A Dutch classic! This is a no bake pie that has a crust of crushed cookies (usually cookies made with caramelised brown sugar), with a layer of cream cheese mixed with whipping cream on top. The classic version of this pie uses canned fruit as a topping, but for this recipe I decided to go for fresh fruit, to give it a more fresh, summery vibe. I also added some lemon zest to the cream cheese layer! Since this pie doesn’t need to bake, it’s another great recipe to make on a hot summer’s day.
What is a summer’s day without some ice cream? These popsicles are made of fresh fruit and fruit juice, so they’re also pretty healthy! You need a popsicle mold for this recipe, but those are usually easy to come by in summer. I’m planning on experimenting with some more popsicle options this summer – I’m sure there are many wonderfully fruity combinations!
And that’s it for this list! What’s a recipe that’s an absolute summer staple for you? I’d love to hear about it!