Sweet Summer Desserts
Donuts make us go nuts
It’s always a good time to enjoy dessert, but summer desserts have a special place in our hearts! The bright colours and flavour of fresh-picked fruit make these desserts delicious but also beautiful to look at (take that Instagram photo before digging in—no judgement here). Many of our favourite desserts wouldn’t be possible without this staple ingredient: eggs. Eggs and Life’s Simple Ingredient, wheat, work together to add structure and leavening to our baked goods. Our friends at Egg Farmers of Alberta can give you the low-down on eggs, from nutrition and farming practices to egg cooking tips and recipes.
Try out these summer dessert recipes and take advantage of the sunshine while it lasts!
Angel food cake with fresh berries is a quintessential summer dish, and for good reason! The combination of fluffy, sweet cake and the tang of fresh fruit are perfect for enjoying in the backyard on a warm summer evening. How do you achieve the fluffy texture? Beating egg whites until they form stiff peaks gives angel food cake its signature light texture. Top it with your favourite fruit and enjoy!
What does your ideal donut look like? The yeast vs. cake donut is a great debate, but we can see the arguments on both sides. Cake donuts feel slightly heavier but incorporate a crispy outer layer filled with deliciously dense, sweet cake. Yeast donuts, on the other hand, are lighter in texture and have layers and air pockets for days—a fantastic option if you’re comfortable with frying. If cake donuts suit your fancy, try the Baked Donuts with Fresh Strawberry Glaze for a summery flavour kick that’s super easy to make in the oven. The OG Donut is what you think when you think “mmmm… donuts” – but make sure to keep safe while deep frying.
Berries can’t be the star of the show in every summer dessert dish. Try this Old-Fashioned Peach Pie for your next sweet treat after a backyard BBQ—we promise it won’t disappoint. Brushing a beaten egg on top of the pie crust, or egg washing, will give it an extra shine, a golden colour and help seal any loose edges to prevent the filling from leaking over. Thanks for the support, eggs!
What’s your favourite summer dessert using Life’s Simple Ingredient? Let us know in the comments or share what you make on Instagram and tag @LifesSimpleIngredient for a chance to be featured.