Living in Oregon for the past eight years has really spoiled me. Going berry picking during the summer is an absolute MUST for our survival all year long. We pick buckets and buckets of berries, which we turn into jam or freeze for later use in smoothies, on top of pancakes and yogurt, or just to munch on.
When we go berry picking, we get the freshest of the fresh berries, and their taste is absolutely indescribable. It makes me smile when I see my girls munching on the berries as they fill up their buckets, and I’m always inclined to just keep my mouth shut because there’s no way I’m going to stop them from eating all the fruit they want!
PS: Remind me to tell you about the time my husband and I started canning fresh peaches at 11:30 at night... that was an adventure!
With all the fresh summer fruit around, there are countless ways to bask in their glory. I’m talking about pies, cobblers, ice cream, muffins, and even fresh salads! I want it ALL, but sadly, I don’t have a million hours to make it all!
That’s why I’ve narrowed it down to 14 recipes. Not all of them are made with summer fruit, but they all just feel summery and are perfect for backyard parties, afternoon snack breaks, and post-dinner nibbles as the sun goes down.
I can’t even begin to tell you the agony I went through to trim down the giant list I originally had, because every recipe seemed to make my heart sing.
Sweet Cherry Cobbler
If you want something that isn’t over-the-top sweet, this is the cobbler for you! The cherries dial down the sweetness factor, and the biscuit topping makes for a fantastic contrast to the warm fruit!
Fresh Strawberry Pie
You definitely can’t let summer pass you by without making a strawberry pie! Oh, hey, that rhymes! Just make sure you have fresh whipped cream to go along with it.
Classic Lemon Bars
I don’t think these bars need any further introduction. If you want to make your friends and family smile for days, then bust out this recipe!
If you want a sweet treat, but don’t want to necessarily bake anything complicated, then go for this slump! It’s made completely on the stovetop in about half an hour.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
I grew up on the sheet pan version of this cake. The pineapple + bananas + cream cheese combo is oh-so-phenomenal.
Summer Peaches with Baked Meringue
Let’s all take a moment to really appreciate the magnitude of this fabulous meringue. You can use any stone fruit you’d like, and even throw in some raspberries or blueberries, but let’s be honest... the meringue will be the show-stopper.
I served cheesecake at my wedding reception, so it’s obvious I’m in love with it. Adding gelatin to this recipe helps the cheesecake firm up and makes it easy to slice. Bathe it in a simple berry syrup for a dessert that will make you dance!
I can’t talk about summer without mentioning S’MORES! The pudding filling is made in the microwave, so your house can stay cool. We also have a little trick up our sleeves for cutting this pie with ease!Continue to 9 of 14 below.
Easy Dump Cake from Scratch
Dump cakes are extremely popular, and it’s not hard to see why... but I definitely think you should take the extra 10 minutes required to make it from scratch. Your taste buds will thank you.
Raspberry Cheesecake in a Mason Jar
Desserts in jars are just the cutest, and they’re fun for parties. While most cheesecakes have a graham cracker crust, we decided to rebel and go for an Oreo crust!
Strawberry Nectarine Fruit Salad
If you’re not in the mood to bake, I understand. I really do...but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the juicy sweetness of fresh fruit! And I’m here to tell you the addition of mint adds a little coolness factor that you’ll be craving on hot summer days.
Coconut Cake with Lemon Curd and Vanilla Buttercream
This cake does take a little bit of time to make, so break the steps down over a few days. When everything comes together, your guests will ooh and ahh over your mad baking skills. Cross my heart.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
Blueberry Frozen Yogurt
I’m *almost* inclined to eat this for breakfast because blueberries + yogurt = healthy, right? It really comes down to simple math, so if you want to join me in the #frozenyogurtforbreakfast movement, be my guest!
Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake
This personally has been on my baking list since the moment I laid eyes on it. It boasts not one, not two, but THREE kinds of lemon. I am totally on board with all that lemon!