There’s no time like the summer to try
out some new baking recipes with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The sweetness of
fresh berries and citrus fruits that come around at this time of year can
really add a refreshing kick to desserts, perfect for an outdoor dinner party
in the summer months. If you find that you’ve got some spare time over the
summer, or you’re looking to revive that long-lost baking hobby, why not try
out a few of the delicious recipes below?
Pimm’s and trifle, independently, are
deliciously indulgent summer treats and, consequently, popular treats on a
sunny day. The fruity flavour of Pimm’s make it the ideal accompaniment to a
traditional British trifle – but rather than having it as a cocktail in a
separate glass, why not incorporate it within the trifle itself? A cheeky yet
unapologetic amalgamation of ingredients, these boozy mini-trifles are perfect for a summer party with family and friends.
These mini cheesecake jars can be made in next to no time, and they really do
look the part. Diverting slightly from the typical whole cheesecake, these mini
cheesecake jars can make for a tasty accompaniment to top off a dinner party.
The pretty decoration and unique serving jars make these look incredibly
elegant; your guests will never know how long it really took you to make them!
strawberry and vanilla shortcake
This recipe is ideal for those who prefer
something light at the end of a meal. These individual, canapé-like desserts
are perfect for handing out to guests at dinner parties. They look incredibly
attractive, and feature the unfailing combination of strawberries and cream.
They are, essentially, a take on a scone with jam and cream that you might
otherwise find in a cream tea – but look much more suitable for parties.
passion fruit slices
These sweet treats are a summer twist on the classic millionaire’s shortbread.
Closely resembling this popular dessert in appearance, a buttery shortbread
biscuit forms the base, which is followed by a tropical passion fruit caramel,
and topped with a layer of dark chocolate. These slices do, undoubtedly, take a
little longer to make and require a considerable list of ingredients – but if
you’re looking for a challenge, however, or have a few spare hours, the end
result is well worth it!
and blueberry Bundt cake
Taking its name from the Bundt pan
which is responsible for its distinctive shape, the Bundt cake was developed in
the United States. Traditionally characterised by a ring-shaped sponge with a
hole that runs through the middle, this cake is easy to cut into portions and
also creates better sponges more frequently, since the heat is distributed more
evenly during cooking. Adding something slightly different to your kitchen this
summer, it’s certainly worth a try. Lemon and blueberry, a classic flavour
combination, works great when paired with a Bundt sponge; see
here for more details.
Whichever recipe you decide to try your
hand at this summer, you – and your dinner party guests – will, no doubt, be in
for a taste experience!