If you're planning an al fresco spread this weekend, you may want a fruity, zesty or refreshing dessert to polish it all off. Whether it's barbecue-baked bananas, a palette-cleansing granita or a show-stopping centrepiece, we've put together a list of our favourite summery desserts that will go down well with your barbecue.
With a “lovely, gooey, sweet, brown-sugary centre”, these treacly bananas are loaded with sugary vanilla butter, wrapped in foil and thrown on the barbecue until you're ready for pudding. Serve with cream or ice cream for indulgent afters.
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Ramael Scully's tribute to 1980's piña coladas and one of his favourite brunch spots in Sydney, this tropical dessert combines pineapple with a spiced syrup of chilli, cinnamon and tamarind, and creamy coconut ice cream. You'll need to roast the pineapple in the oven, but for a smoky finish, place it on the barbecue for the final couple of minutes of cooking.
“If I could bottle up England in the summertime and bake it? This would be it”, says Georgina of this celebration cake that layers sponge cake with strawberry Pimm's compote, meringue, fresh berries and vanilla cream. Decorate with fresh mint and edible flowers for a real summer show-stopper.
Make the most of British strawberry season and celebrate them on top of this sticky almond tart. Finished with flaked almonds for a lovely summertime centrepiece.
An easy dessert that's quick to prepare and refreshing enough to round off a BBQ spread, this fruit salad celebrates summer berries, peach, apples, citrus and even cucumber. Leave to macerate in homemade Pimm's syrup and serve with mint leaves.
Thin slices of pineapple, topped with fresh mint, olive oil (yep – it works!), blueberries, lime and coconut yoghurt, this is a healthier dessert reminiscent of holidays and sunnier climes.
You can't go far wrong with a granita, especially when there's rum involved – put it together in minutes, then pop in the freezer until you're ready to eat.
Fay roasts these peaches with a little sugar and flaked almonds in the oven, but there's nothing stopping you wrapping the lot in foil and baking it on the barbecue. Simply cook until tender, then serve up with ice cream – delicious.
Jordan Bourke adds ground almonds to his meringue for an incredible chewiness. Filled with strawberry and cream combo, this is an impressive finish to a summer barbecue.
“The only secret to making a good glory is to keep the layers separate and the flavours contrasting”, says Adam Byatt of this nostalgic British summertime sundae. Here he layers up shortbread biscuits, ice cream, berry sauce and fresh fruit with a chocolate flake to finish – so simple and an all-round crowd-pleaser.