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Cool Summer Desserts

Cool Summer Desserts
June 2018

Seasonal fruits star in these luscious treats, sweet and refreshing complements to the sultry season

PHOTO: Mascarpone semifreddo with berries, figs, and honey by McCrady’s pastry chef Katy Keefe


Click the links below for these sweet treat recipes:

Sweet Watermelon Sherbet Pops

Chris Ryan, executive pastry chef at Belmond Charleston Place, enriches these pops with a touch of cream—perfect for kids of all ages dreaming of Creamsicles from the ice cream truck

Blueberry Cheese Pie

Butter chef-owner April Robinson delivers cool summer comfort with this pie layered with a nutty, buttery crust; creamy filling; and tangy-sweet blueberries

Black-Sesame & Plum-Ripple Ice Cream Sandwiches on Ginger-Sorghum Blondies

To make a super hand-held dessert for summer cookouts, chef Cynthia Wong of Life Raft Treats uses blondies to bookend trendy black-sesame ice cream rippled with plum puree

Sorghum, Peach, & Blackberry Trifle

To the eye, they resemble the English classic, but FIG executive pastry chef Caitlin McCormick Schumacher’s decadent trifles were reinvented to deliver a decidedly Southern dessert

Mascarpone Semifreddo with Berries, Figs, & Honey

Few things are more refreshing than semifreddo, ice cream that needs no churn. McCrady’s pastry chef Katy Keefe freezes hers on a cinnamon crust and finishes it with a shower of summer fruit

Peachy Summer Icebox Cakes

Playing off the popular 1930s dessert, Jessica Grossman, executive pastry chef of Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, makes individual “icebox cakes” that are fruit-forward with sweet summer peaches and layered with brown-sugar cookie crunch

Lemon Posset with Pan-Roasted Plums & Pistachios

Through the magic of chemistry, Scram Food Truck chef-owner Melanie Durant makes citrus-thickened cream and sugar into a smooth, velvety custard, pairing it with juicy plums and a dusting of candied pistachio