I recently spent a weekend at a friend’s cottage and, as usual, Jacob asked me to make dessert. Normally, it wouldn’t have been a problem, but the week leading up to that weekend was very tricky at work, involved some traveling outside of the city, and left me with very little time to plan what I would do.
This is when I realised I didn’t have easy go-to desserts for hot, lazy, sticky summer days at the cottage. What could I make quickly that everyone would enjoy and that wouldn’t be too heavy?
This is how I came up with my top-5 dessert to make at the cottage. I based my choices on how easy it could be made and how those desserts reminded me of being outside and with friends. As for planning the dessert, I normally always have my ingredients measured before leaving the house, so that all I have to do at the cottage is stir everything together and bake it.
Number 5: Wild berry cake
I have been making this dessert for years and every summer, no matter where I bring it, it is a hit. Pour a spoonful of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top of your piece and I promise you will feel refreshed and happy. The recipe can be found here.
Number 4: Blueberry cake
My grandfather and some of my uncles and aunts own a large blueberry field back in New Brunswick. So it is natural that blueberry cake be on my list of favourite summer dessert for the cottage. My recipe is pretty simple and can be found HERE. Make sure to purchase fresh and local blueberries to get the most of this cake.
Number 3: Pear cake
I just love this cake. I like how light it is, I love the custardy texture, I adore the sweetness of the pears. I only recently made it for the first time and I think it’s a fabulous, very easy, tasty treat. Find the recopie here.
Number 2: Angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream
I love angel food cake. They are so light and flavourful. I also happen to be a huge fan of strawberries (in case you never noticed). This dessert reminds me of my childhood summer as we would often have this dessert in the middle of July, when strawberries are ready to be picked up in the fields. This is home for me and a perfect fit for a late dinner at the cottage. I find the cake at Loblaws are pretty good if you don’t have time to bake one yourself. For the cream, I add about 3 to 4 table spoons of icing sugar to my 35% whipped cream. If you prefer to buy the whipped cream, the Nutriwhip is by far my favourite. Find a variation of this recipe here.
Number 1: Rhubarb and strawberries crumble
This is probably the most traditional cottage dessert there is. Who doesn’t love the crispy crumbling toping mixed with delicious in-season rhubarb? You can also replace the fruits with apple and cinnamon, or a mix of berries. The possibilities are pretty much endless. Find the recipe HERE.