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20 summer desserts that make the most of the season's surplus of fruit

One of the best things about summer is its abundance of delicious fresh fruit. We've bundled together our favourite ways to enjoy all the best summer fruits in decadent dessert-y goodness, so you'll never run out of inspiration!

By Harriet Keown
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    Rustic plum and strawberry crostata

    A rustic Italian tart, or crostata, is the perfect vehicle for plums - and their combination with warm, juicy strawberries is just divine! Try this gluten-free version for a luscious dessert.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Sweet nectarine olive oil cake

    The sweetness of the fruit and the savoury richness of extra virgin olive oil make this the most wonderful summer cake. It's great served warm for dessert or with a cuppa.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Italian plum ricotta tart

    This tart is just divine and works with pretty much any variety of plum. It’s not too sweet, so you will find that even people who claim not to have a sweet tooth will love it!

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  • 4

    Blueberry cheesecake icecream

    Freshen up your summer with this incredible blueberry ice cream - an indulgent treat that cheesecake lovers will adore!


  • 5

    Caramelised nectarines with homemade yoghurt curd

    Nici Wickes' pairs golden caramelised nectarines with homemade yoghurt curd in this beautifully simple recipe. Roasting stone fruit until it’s slightly singed in places is a gorgeous way to eat it

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    Cherry chocolate tart

    This delicious tart recipe is the perfect example of why cherry and chocolate are a winning flavour combo. Serve this decadent tart at your next sweet occasion and prepare to impress


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    Gluten-free strawberry, ricotta and pistachio cake

    Strawberries and pistachios are great friends, and this deliciously moist cake is a fantastic way to highlight the duo. The gluten-free delight is also high in protein, so it makes a dessert that is as filling as it is tasty!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Chocolate and cherry ripple ice-cream

    Consider yourself a chocoholic? Then this sweet, rich, and delightfully indulgent chocolate and cherry ripple ice-cream is right up your alley! The ultimate sweet summer treat.

    Woman's Day|

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    Peach, nectarine and ginger tart

    Slightly cheese-cakey, this Nici Wickes tart is a fantastic gluten-free dessert for the summer. Top it with fresh seasonal fruit and that divine ginger syrup!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Berrylicious tarts

    With seasonal berries as good as this, it’s ridiculously easy to make spectacular desserts. These creamy tarts topped with sweet and tart berries will delight you, and the subtle kick of pepper in the crust goes beautifully with the fruit!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 14

    Piña colada pops

    Put a refreshing spin on everyone's favourite cocktail with this piña colada pops recipe! Perfect for enjoying on a hot day, these frozen treats hit the spot every time.


  • 15

    Plum and mascarpone gelato

    Combine plum pureé, homemade custard and mascarpone cream and you get this magical gelato, which makes a silky, fruity and luxurious treat. Could there be a more delicious way to cool down when the days start to get warmer?


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    Honey, rhubarb and strawberry upside-down cake

    Not only does this upside-down cake look beautiful, it's also incredibly tasty and unbelievably moist. The mascarpone layer and topping of strawberry and rhubarb makes this an irresistible dessert!


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    Nectarine and Pimms picnic jelly jars

    These little nectarine and Pimms picnic jelly jars are so much fun to make, and even more fun to eat! Chill in small jars so they are easy to transport, and enjoy for a delightful boozy dessert.


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    Dairy-free blueberry and almond cake

    Cut yourself a piece of this gorgeous blueberry and almond cake for morning tea or dessert. It's beautifully moist and ideal for dairy-free cake lovers!


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    Apricot and rosemary pistachio tart

    This gorgeous apricot and rosemary pistachio tart screams effort when, really, it’s quite simple to put together! Serve with ice cream for a scrumptious dessert.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Easy peach cream pie

    This light and billowy cream pie is a case of assembly, rather than cooking, meaning anyone can make it!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|