Cookout season has officially arrived. While burgers and hot dogs always taste good, the desserts are really what people love. But turning on the oven in warm weather isn’t really that appealing. That doesn’t mean you have to resort to plain scoops of ice cream or packaged cookies, though. There’s a whole world of decadent treats you can make that don’t require heating up your kitchen. We’ve found eight of the most impressive no bake dessert recipes out there to impress any party crowd. You won’t even break a sweat.
1. Topless Blueberry Pie
Whoever came up with the saying “easy as pie” has clearly never baked one of the fruit-filled desserts before, because they can be quite challenging. Often, the underside of the crust turns out soggy, and the filling is either way too thick or completely runny. This blueberry version from Allrecipes.com solves both problems by separating the two components, which yields better results and an easier preparation. Purchasing a baked pastry shell means you can avoid all the difficulty of rolling and transferring dough to a pie plate, and risk the dreaded shrunken crust.
To make the filling, just thicken some sweetened blueberries over the stove with a little bit of cornstarch. Pour it into the crust, and let it cool. If you’d like a topping on your pie, sprinkle on some almond granola for a sweet crunch. Vanilla ice cream also makes a nice addition.
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- Pinch salt
- 1 cup water
- 4 cups fresh blueberries
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 (9-inc) prebaked pie crust
Directions: In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in water and 1 cup blueberries. Cook, stirring often, over medium heat, until thick, 8 to 10 minutes. Add butter, and stir to combine. Cool for about 5 minutes, then add remaining berries.
Pour filling into crust, and chill for 2 to 4 hours. Serve.