Summer Treats Without Your Oven

July 25th, 2012 by Beth Somers

Summer is absolutely my favorite season. No matter how high the temperature climbs, I can’t get enough of the heat…except in my house. I love to be outside, to garden, to swim, to cycle, especially in very warm weather. But sweating in my kitchen is another story!

In an effort to keep my apartment cool, I avoid turning on my oven unless it’s really necessary. That means I grill outside a lot, and the amount of scratch baking I do is limited to special occasions.

Instead of depending on my oven, I get creative with store-bought cakes and brownies, adding extra little touches to make them spectacular. I also indulge in ice cream a little more often, which happens to be my favorite food in the world. It’s amazing what you can make with a tub or two of ice cream, and it’s so cold and delicious on a hot summer day!

We’ve come up with some fun new recipes in the Wilton Test Kitchens that can help you celebrate summer without adding any extra kitchen heat. There’s a Creamy Cherry Pie that is a delicious way to use all of the gorgeous fresh cherries that are in season right now. A Lemon Berry Trifle does the same for strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

Chocolate Chip Stacks are a fast weeknight treat for the kids. Switch up your day by serving Yogurt Fruit Pops for breakfast.

We put a twist on the kids classic PB&J sandwich by turning it into a Peanut Butter and Jelly No Bake Cheesecake. Let the kids help make Special Strawberry Shortcake Shapes for a rainy day activity.

And don’t forget the ice cream – Chocolate Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake is perfect for entertaining at home.

Here’s to great summer treats that are as fun to make as they are to eat!

Beth Somers Beth Somers is the Senior Test Kitchen Manager and has taught at the internationally acclaimed Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art in Darien, IL. As a competitor on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, she shined as a champion during season 6. Before joining Wilton, Beth honed her pastry skills at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago. Beth loves showing people how fun and easy it can be to bake and decorate amazing sweet treats with Wilton products.

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