Fiona Smith presents cool desserts for hot summer nights.
Hot summer nights need cooling desserts. Personally, my favourites for this time of year are combinations of fresh fruit with ice creams, sorbets and cream. I am also partial to a bit of ice cream and jelly! So, you will notice various combinations of these in the following ideas. Many of these desserts comprise a few elements, and not all are essential. For example, if you are looking for something simple and delicious you could just make the coconut jelly and strawberries which don’t take long. Or serve boysenberry jelly with a bought ice cream, or pistachio cake with apricots and an orange blossom-scented whipped cream. But if you do go all out, most elements can be prepared in advance, so you just need to do a quick bit of assembling, then serve.