No-Bake Desserts for Blazing Summer Days

No celebratory meal is full with out dessert, however, on blisteringly sizzling days, the mere considered turning on the oven could make you wilt. (If you’re fortunate sufficient to have central air, or don’t thoughts the warmth, listed here are some summer season fruit pies for you. Bake on!) These 16 no-bake recipes are for these sweltering days. A handful of those dishes require a little bit stovetop or microwave work, however the majority want no warmth supply in any respect, so you may keep cool whereas whipping up one thing candy.

1. No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Bars

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These ethereal chocolate mousse bars from Samantha Seneviratne come collectively shortly and with out a lot fuss. Serve them with whipped cream — contemporary or the sort that is available in a can. Substitute vanilla or chocolate wafer cookies for the graham crackers within the crust if you happen to’re feeling it.

Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Bars

2. Blackberry Fool

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No fooling, you may whip collectively this five-ingredient recipe from Vallery Lomas in minutes. Heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar are crushed till fluffy, then mixed with sweetened, mashed berries. Serve with shortbread cookies or delicate tuiles.

Recipe: Blackberry Fool

three. No-Bake Mango Lime Cheesecake

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A vibrant showstopper that requires no oven? Sign us up. This magnificence from Nik Sharma combines a wealthy, creamy mango-lime cheesecake base with a tangy mango gelatin prime. One reader couldn’t discover canned mango, so she used canned tart cherries as an alternative, and deemed it “fantastic.”

Recipe: No-Bake Mango-Lime Cheesecake

four. Chocolate Shell Ice Cream Topping

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On Episode 18 of Jennifer Garner’s “Pretend Cooking Show,” she referred to as this Melissa Clark recipe, tailored from the chef Thomas Keller, “the most important thing The New York Times has ever done,” and who’re we to argue? It’s mainly home made Magic Shell, and requires simply two substances: good bittersweet chocolate and coconut oil. If you’re feeling bold, pair it with Julia Moskin’s best vanilla ice cream.

Recipe: Chocolate Shell Ice Cream Topping

5. Strawberry Sorbet

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Amanda Hesser tailored this recipe from Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray of the River Café in London, and it’s precisely what to make if you’ve overpicked strawberries on the farm. It calls for a whole lemon — rind and all — strawberries, sugar and extra lemon juice. That’s it. The result’s delightfully vibrant and tangy.

Recipe: Strawberry Sorbet

6. Classic Trifle With Berries or Citrus

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Pick a fruit, any fruit, and layer it with creamy vanilla pudding, jam and store-bought cake, then prime it with a swirl of whipped cream. Voilà! You have a dessert worthy of the Queen. This recipe from Melissa Clark calls for ladyfingers or sponge cake, however just about any easy cake or tender cookie will do.

Recipe: Classic Trifle With Berries or Citrus

7. Raspberry Swirl No-Bake Cheesecake

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This placing cheesecake from Yossy Arefi is made with a mixture of cream cheese, bitter cream and heavy cream, so it’s lighter and softer than conventional baked cheesecake. That’s factor. Use contemporary or frozen berries for the swirly prime, and, whereas the recipe calls for straining out the seeds, go away in a number of for texture and crunch.

Recipe: Raspberry Swirl No-Bake Cheesecake

eight. Quick Mango Kulfi

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Kulfi, a preferred Indian frozen dessert, is historically made by boiling milk to scale back it, then freezing the bottom (not churning) with fruit pulp, spices or nuts. This shortcut recipe from Tejal Rao calls for sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream and canned Alphonso mango. Her mom made all of it 12 months lengthy when Tejal was rising up, within the gaps between visits to see household in India. “It’s inauthentic — and delicious,” she wrote.

Recipe: Quick Mango Kulfi

9. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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These peanut butter cups from Samantha Seneviratne are a assured hit with youngsters of all ages. Experiment with completely different goodies and nut butters; add a dollop of jam or dulce de leche to the peanut butter filling earlier than masking with chocolate; or sprinkle with flaky sea salt or coloured sprinkles.

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

10. Vegan Frozen Coconut-Lime Bars

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There is nary of drop of dairy in these creamy bars from Lidey Heuck, that are impressed by frozen Key lime pie. Made with store-bought dairy-free coconut or vanilla ice cream, they arrive collectively shortly. Be positive to make use of unsweetened, finely shredded (additionally referred to as desiccated) coconut for this recipe — common shredded or flaked coconut shall be too coarse.

Recipe: Vegan Coconut-Lime Bars

11. No-Bake Cookies

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The unique no-bake cookie, these unassuming treats are typically generally known as cow patties or preacher cookies. They are so simple as might be: Combine sugar, milk, butter, cocoa powder, salt, sugar and cocoa powder in a pot over medium warmth till easy, stir in peanut butter, then scoop the cookies onto a baking sheet, urgent down barely to flatten. Chill within the fridge till they harden. Ta-da! Cookies.

Recipe: No-Bake Cookies

12. Strawberries With Swedish Cream

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A contact fancier than plain outdated whipped cream, Mark Bittman’s recipe for Swedish cream is simply whipped cream with a little bit bitter cream folded in. (Add sugar and a drizzle of liqueur, if you happen to like.) The slight tang of the bitter cream enhances ripe, candy summer season berries like a dream. As one reader stated, “It lets the glory of the strawberries shine through.”

Recipe: Strawberries With Swedish Cream

13. Chocolate Mug Cake

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Dubious? So had been we, however that is the little mug cake that would. Adapted from “Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake!” by Deanna F. Cook, this recipe was initially developed for kids, however we all know individuals of all ages who adore it. For a molten chocolate model, sprinkle the highest with some mini chocolate chips earlier than popping it into the microwave, then take away it a number of seconds early.

Recipe: Chocolate Mug Cake

14. No-Bake Lemon Custards With Strawberries

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Everyone loves a lemon dessert. These thick, velvety puddings from Melissa Clark, that are impressed by a British dessert referred to as posset, are ready on the stovetop, and set with lemon juice as an alternative of eggs, cornstarch or gelatin. The secret is to simmer the cream and sugar earlier than including the contemporary lemon juice, giving the cream an opportunity to thicken barely.

Recipe: No-Bake Lemon Custards With Strawberries

15. Spumoni Ice Cream Cake

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If you may construct a Lego tower, you can also make this spectacular ice cream cake from Ali Slagle, which is impressed by spumoni, the frozen dessert sometimes served at Italian American purple sauce joints. Ice cream is the star of the present right here, so use the most effective you may. But a very powerful tip? Clear out loads of house in your freezer earlier than you begin constructing. The completed cake is about four inches tall.

Recipe: Spumoni Ice Cream Cake

16. Vegan Chocolate Pudding With Cinnamon and Chile

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Tofu will not be the very first thing you consider with regards to dessert, however hear us out: In this recipe from Mark Bittman, silken tofu, melted chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and chile powder are whizzed collectively in a blender to make a surprisingly creamy and scrumptious pudding that may delight adults and kids alike.

Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Pudding With Cinnamon and Chile

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