All posts tagged: summer dessert


S’mores Babka

First things first, nothing is wrong with classic babka, especially chocolate babka. However, every time I am eating chocolate babka I am brainstorming other possible flavor combinations. Finally this summer, I went ahead with the s’mores babka that has been brewing in my mind. I normally stick to the classics when making babka. Since it is a little bit of a process it always seems easier to keep it simple. Chocolate and cinnamon are also pretty crowd-pleasing, so they seem to be the go-to flavor.

Key Lime Pie Bars

Key Lime Pie Bars

Key Lime Pie is all about the layers. A layer of crust, a layer of lime curd, and a heaping layer of whipped cream.  What more could you want? Well, all of the right ingredients first. Back in April when groceries were still sparse, I attempted to make a key lime pie for my brother’s birthday. What sounded like an easy task turned out to be a curdled mess. I didn’t have all of the ingredients and tried my best to make some substitutions. Turns out that swapping evaporated milk for sweetened condensed milk isn’t the same thing, even when following a recipe about the right subs to make. After a curdled mess, I put the pie on hold until I could get the proper ingredients. Fast forward a few months later, I had all of the proper ingredients to give the dessert another shot. This time around, nothing was curdled, and the layers were all pretty irresistible. After the pie debacle, I opted to make key lime pie bars. Even though I ditched the …

Mango and Raspberry Popsicles

Mango and Raspberry Swirl Popsicles

It’s peak summer, which means popsicle season is in full swing. I’m not normally one to make homemade popsicles, specifically mango and raspberry swirl popsicles, but seeing them all over Instagram provided a bit of inspiration. They seemed pretty accessible and easy to make once a mold was in hand. How hard could it be to blend some fruit together and make a nice and refreshing frozen treat?

Summer Peach and Thyme Galette

You pretty much can’t go wrong with stone fruit in the summer. The only thing better than a simple piece of stone fruit in the summer? Stone fruit in a dessert, specifically this peach and thyme galette. I know what you’re thinking, thyme in a dessert? Hear me out on this one. Peaches and thyme are a great combination. The thyme brings out the sweetness of the peaches but also gives the entire galette a subtle flavor.

Crumble Bars

  Can’t decide between making a pie or a crumble? Well, have I got the solution for you: Crumble Bars. Crumble bars are the ultimate summer dessert. They are flakey, fruity, and crumbly (but in such a good way). The bars have three distinct layers, a shortbread, fruit, a crumb topping. They are super versatile, easy to make, and most importantly they are a true crowd-pleaser. When making the crumble bars, I tend to choose fruit that is in season. Peaches and cherries are in peak form right now, so it didn’t take long to think that they would be just the right choice for the filling. Okay, so let’s get back to those layers. The bottom layer and the base of the bars is brown butter shortbread. Could you make these with regular butter? For sure. Would they be as good? Definitely not. The brown butter gives the flakey bottom an extra boost and caramelizes the butter. The flavors are rich and the perfect partner for the next layer. So, the best thing about …