- There is never a bad time for apple pie, but a lighter option can definitely be a good thing when the weather heats up. Delicious Inspiration‘s Ginger Honeyed Apple and Apricot Phyllo Pie uses layers of buttery phyllo dough to create a light and flaky crust for apple pie. The phyllo is a great twist on a classic crust and, since you can buy it, it is perfect for anyone who doesn’t feel confident working with pie dough. The filling is rich with honey, ginger and dried apricots, and the pie is topped of with a bit of crisp brown sugar and oatmeal streusel that ensures that you won’t miss a classic pie when biting into a slice of this!
- The Novice Chef‘s Lemon Blueberry Buckle is a moist and blueberry-laden, streusel topped cake that would be equally at home on a brunch menu and at a dessert table. The buckle uses lots of fresh summer blueberries and incorporates lemon zest into both the streusel topping and the cake. Since it’s so fruity, you could easily get away with serving this while it is still warm with a scoop of ice cream on top.
When I was young, I attended a camp where we “baked” premade dough over a campfire and then rolled it in tons of butter and sugar for a sweet, churro-like campfire treat. The Bread on a Stick from Completely Delicious has a similar concept, with homemade bread dough wrapped around a stick and grilled outdoors over a roaring campfire. This means you can have freshly baked bread to go with dinner even when you’re miles from civilization. I’ll still advocate for rolling these in butter and sugar for a nice campfire dessert!
- I’ve made a Peach Pie Ice Cream by incorporating a slice of homemade peach pie into a batch of vanilla ice cream, which is a favorite trick of mine to stretch the life of a pie (by keeping some, in ice cream form in my freezer). She Wears Many Hats‘ Blueberry Pie Ice Cream has a similar concept, with a homemade graham cracker ice cream that is layered lots of blueberry pie filling. The result is flavorful, like two desserts in one, and unlike a fresh pie, this dessert can be prepared well in advance, which makes it a great dessert for summertime entertaining.
- When you think of gingerbread, you probably think of a dark and spicy dessert that will warm you up and satisfy your sweet tooth on a cool winter night. Sauce and Sensibility‘s White Pepper and Ginger Lemon Cake proves that ginger bread – or ginger cake, in this case – can be a great dessert year round. This cake includes lemon juice, fresh ginger and plenty of freshly ground white pepper. The pepper gives the cake a little bit of a kick, and is a nice change from plainer desserts. The sweet-spicy combination of ingredients also makes this cake a great choice for anyone who doesn’t like their desserts to be too sweet.