Summer is a time to play… and indulge! It’s time for simplicity in the kitchen. Take advantage of flavourful fresh fruits and frozen treats that require very little prep work.
Here are five fast and easy recipes for you to try. They’re perfect for a backyard brunch, lunches on the patio, and dinners after a day of swimming.
A few minutes in the kitchen is all it takes to prepare these treats, and then you can get back to the sun!
1. Ice cream pie
Perfect on a hot summer day, this ice cream pie can be made in no time.
Its buttery Graham cookie crust adds some crunchiness to the vanilla ice cream and berry filling.
Because it needs to be frozen at least an hour, this ice cream pie gives you time to play while the flavours come together… Prepare, freeze, and enjoy! The kids are also sure to love this dessert, especially right after getting out of the pool.
You can change it up all summer long. For instance, try a different ice cream flavour for your filling, like Laiterie Chagnon’s maple blueberry
or chocolate fudge
Check out the complete recipe for this ice cream pie
2. Fresh fruit salad
One of the best parts of summer is the abundance of delicious fresh fruit at your disposal. Make them the star of the show with a fruit salad, a perfect combination of vitamins and sunshine in your plate.
For a colourful, mouth-watering presentation, make this layered fruit salad.
Start with a layer of flavourful and crunchy honeydew and lemon-drop melons. The latter is known for its sweet, slightly citrus flavour. Next, add berries, like blueberries and blackberries, and top them with juicy fruit—peaches, nectarines, and plums, for instance. Finally, add a mixture of raspberries and cherries.
Check out the recipe for this colourful summer fruit salad
and its fresh and delicate mint syrup.
3. No-sugar-added chocolate dipping sauce
After taking a dip in the pool, make room for another kind of dip… chocolate dip! For a fibre-full, no-sugar-added alternative, try a dip made with pureed dates.
Simply mix Madame Labriski’s date puree
with some cocoa and cream. It can be adapted in many ways: you can replace the cream with milk for a lighter version, or use a plant-based drink of your choice, for example.
Use this delicious concoction as a dip for your favourite fruits, or as a spread for mini crêpes. The entire family is sure to love it!
Check out the full recipe for this chocolate dipping sauce.
4. Cantaloupe yogurt berry bowl
Ready in no time, this dessert leaves you with (almost) no dishes.
And as if that’s not enough, this dessert offers a fun way to serve cantaloupe. It’s sure to become a favourite for young and old alike! Simply scoop out the melon’s seeds, add yogurt, berries, and almonds into the cavity, and drizzle a little honey over top.
If it’s really hot out, you can replace the yogurt with froyo. Top your cantaloupe slices with a generous serving of Laiterie Chagnon’s peach frozen yogurt for a much-loved alternative.
For even more local flavours, adapt this bowl according to the local berries that are in season. Check our shelves for Quebec strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries!
Check out the complete recipe for this cantaloupe yogurt berry bowl
5. Speedy peach crumble
Ready to eat in just 20 minutes, this speedy dessert will become your new go-to.
Enhance the flavours of ripe, juicy peaches with a hint of butter, honey, and nutmeg. You’ll love the crunchy chopped almonds and granola sprinkled over top… they really make a difference.
There’s no need to wait: as soon as you take it out of the oven, top your still-hot fruits with a generous helping of vanilla yogurt, and serve!
For a refreshing, gourmet version, let your peach crumble cool completely and replace the yogurt with a few scoops of Laiterie Chagnon vanilla ice cream. An easy recipe to enjoy all summer long!
Check out the full recipe for this speedy peach crumble
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