When your grill outside is fired up and you’re trying to keep your indoor kitchen heat down, who wants to turn on the oven to make dessert? Many folks opt to grill their dessert too, throwing pineapple, bananas and even watermelon on the fire to create a sweet ending to a summer meal.
Another option in the same no-bake spirit is to create refreshing frozen desserts, a great way to cool down after a hot meal on a hot day. While the frozen aisle at the supermarket offers an array of ready-made frozen treats and popsicles, here are a couple of easy ways for you to create luscious and innovative summer sweets using no more than your stove, food processor and freezer while incorporating the season's crop of fresh, succulent peaches. These desserts are worth the extra effort, especially when they can be made in advance and can serve a crowd.
Fresh summer peaches are fragrant, juicy and delicious, and healthy too: they are low in calories, a good source of vitamins C and A and beta carotene, and are rich in potassium, fluoride and iron.
When choosing fresh peaches, look for ones featuring deep color and sweet aroma that are firm with a slight give when lightly pressed. Avoid those that are excessively soft or with cuts and bruises. You can keep slightly hard peaches at room temperature until they ripen, or to accelerate ripening, place them in a paper bag along with a banana. Ripe peaches may be stored in the refrigerator, and wash them in cold water just before using.