Desserts

Quick Summer Desserts

The weather is hot, your probably having salads for tea as it is too hot to cook, do the same with your desserts!
You want something quick with minimal effort to enjoy this summer. Use store brought ingredients and stay away from that oven in this heat, but still have an indulgent dessert.

I have been doing a lot of desserts using fresh seasonal fruit. Went ‘strawberry and raspberry picking’.

RaspberriesStrawberries

Raspberries ready for freezing

If you find that you have any leftover raspberries you can freeze them, ready to use when you are baking. I did freeze some strawberry slices but they don’t defrost that well so I will just be using them when baking.

 

Strawberry & Raspberry Flan

One of this things that we like to make when we have lots of strawberries is a fruit sponge flan. I love strawberry flan, to me it is the taste of summer – me and my brother have always made it with my mom ever since we were little.

Serves 6-8 (depending on how big you want your slice) 

1 Large Flan Case – store bought
1 Sachet of Quick Jel – I got ‘Greens Red Quick Jel’
Strawberries – enough to fill you flan
Raspberries

Put your flan case on to a plate, wash and cut your strawberries, sliced or halved depending on there size. Place these on the sponge flan case along with the raspberries – I’m always fussing around making it look pretty.

Follow the instructions on the back of your Quick Jel, let it cool before pour it over your fruit as it will make your sponge go soggy – no one likes a soggy bottom. Then place in the fridge, it takes about 20-minutes for the Jel to set.

Serve with double or spray cream.

Note: You don’t have to stick to these fruits you can choose your own.

Strawberry, Raspberry & Blueberry Flan
Strawberry & Raspberry Flan I also dotted some defrosted Blueberries to add a contrasting colour… Pretty!

Strawberry & Raspberry Meringue Nests

When I did this for the first time, me, my mom and dad we were like ‘the three little bears’, for dad there was enough cream, my mom wanted a bit more and for me (the fussy one) there was too much… It was still very delicious with the fresh berries!
So it is personal choice it you like lots of cream pile it on, but if you are like me then just a bit.

Serving 3Strawberry and Raspberry Meringue Nests
6 Meringue Nests, 2 each – Store bought
Strawberries
Raspberries
250ml Double Cream
Raspberry Sauce, to drizzle – Store bought

“Add as much or little as you like it is personal taste,
I pile the raspberries up because I love them”.

Place two meringue nests on each plate. Wash and dry the strawberries and raspberries, slice, halve or diced the strawberries depending on their size.

Pour the double cream into a small glass bowl and using a hand held mixer beat the cream until soft-firm peaks form. Transfer the cream to a piping bag fitted with a open star nozzle then pipe onto the meringue nests – pipe the amount that you desire. If you don’t want to be fussy like me you can use a teaspoon to put the cream on the meringues.

Now decorate your cream topped meringues with the raspberries and strawberry slices and placing some of the larger pieces on the side of the plate as a garnish, just before serving drizzle over the raspberry sauce.

Strawberry and Raspberry Meringue Nests2

Fruity Meringue Nests with Pistachio

I really did enjoy this dessert the sweet meringue, double cream and with all the fruit, balancing the slightly unhealthy with the healthy. The crushed pistachios sprinkled on top just finished it off.

Serving 3Fruity Meringues sprinkled with Pistachio
6 Meringue Nests, 2 each – Store bought
Raspberries
Strawberries
2-3 Apricots
2-3 Peaches – I had the doughnut type
Handful of shelled Pistachios
250ml Double Cream
Raspberry Sauce, for drizzling – Store bought

“Add as much or little as you like it is personal taste,
I pile the raspberries up because I love them”.

Place two meringue nests on each plate. Prepare the fruit and cut them up, slice or halve the strawberries depending on their size, de-stone the apricots and peaches – dice the apricot to sprinkle on top of the nests and slice the peaches to serve on the side.

Put the pistachios into a food bag and smash with a rolling pin (take out any of your aggression), so there are still some large pieces – set aside.

In a small glass bowl pour the double cream in and using a hand held mixer beat the cream until you have soft-firm peaks forming. Transfer the whipped cream to a piping bag fitted with a open star nozzle and pipe swirls onto the meringue nests – pipe the desired amount.
If you don’t want to fuss around to much then you can use a teaspoon to put the cream on the meringue nests.

Next decorate with the chopped fruit, placing the larger pieces such as the peaches on the side of the plate as a garnish.

Just before serving drizzle over some raspberry sauce and sprinkle over the pistachio pieces.

Fruity Meringue Nests with Pistachio

Blackberry, Apricot & Kiwi Meringue Nest

Serving 3
6 Meringue Nests, 2 each – Store boughtBlackberry, Apricot and Kiwi meringue Nests
2 Kiwi Fruits
A handful of Blackberries, plus extra for garnish & decoration
2-3 Apricots
250ml Double Cream
Raspberry Sauce

Place two meringue nests on each plate. Peel the kiwi fruit and slice them up, leaving 6 of the slices whole to serve on the side of the plate as a garnish, then dice the rest up. De-stone the apricots then dice them, then set aside.

Pour the cream into a small glass bowl and beat it using a hand held mixer until you have soft-firm peaks. Wash and dry the blackberries; reserve a third of them and set aside. Then cut the rest of them up in halve or quartered depending on the size, add to the cream and stir to combine.

Spoon 2 teaspoons of the blackberry swirled cream onto the meringue nests, decorate with the diced kiwi and apricot pieces and cut some of the reserved blackberries in half for decoration.

Put 2 kiwi slices on each plate, a few whole blackberries and any diced apricot and kiwi that you have used to decorate the meringue nests on the side as a garnish.

Just before serving drizzle over some raspberry sauce if desired.

Kiwi, Blackberry and Apricot meringue nests

 

I hope that you enjoy these, you can create some of the things that I have made or you can get creative and do something of your own. I would love to see pictures of the dessert you have made so feel free to email or tweet me.

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