Serious Eats: Sweets
14 No-Bake Desserts For Summer
Pies and cakes are great once you've made them, but do you feel like turning on the oven on a hot August day? No? Us either. Here are 14 desserts that require no heating, baking, grilling, or anything of the sort.
Icebox Cakes (and More)
Cardamom Lee's Cake: "Red wine, butter, milk, and chocolate all pair beautifully with cardamom" for a "peculiar but delightful cake."
Lime Cracker Pie: Lime juice, condensed milk, Ritz crackers, and you've got dessert.
Red, White, and Blueberry Icebox Cake: The Fourth of July may have passed, but this berry-layed, Nilla Wafer-based icebox cake is still perfect for the season.
Blackberry Pistachio Icebox Cake: Pomegranate molasses and rose water make this simple-to-prepare blackberry cake a good deal more sophisticated.
Chocolate-Chile Icebox Cake: Chile powder and cayenne add a serious kick to a no-bake chocolate dessert.
Eton Mess: Crumbled meringues and cream top strawberries for a fluffy, haphazard pile of dessert.
Turrón de Chocolate): Crumbled biscuit cookies in chocolate: our kind of dessert. (The meringue topping does require a quick stovetop cook, but the cake doesn't.)
Tangy Lemon Frozen Yogurt: The beauty of frozen yogurt is that it doesn't require making a custard on the stove, the way ice cream does; just stir and freeze.
Avocado And Passionfruit Sorbet: Just freeze and blend avocados for an incredibly creamy sorbet.
Gin, Tonic, And Cucumber Shaved Ice: "The alcohol and sugar in the mixture keep it soft and scrape-able, even when its frozen solid."
Patbingsu (Korean Shaved Ice): Just shave it and top it.
Peanut Butter Ice Pops: Blend peanut butter and yogurt for a creamy, sweet popsicle base.
Pineapple-Chile Paletas: They pack a little heat, but the lip-tingling kind.
Ten-Minute Applesauce Sorbet: Stir applesauce and sugar together, add whatever flavorings you please, and you've got a no-cook sorbet base.