Easy summer desserts for dinner party

I found the answer for another dinner party here recently by asking for help, but then it was a salad.
Now I need a dessert.
I need something fairly easy, but not as easy as just fruit, for example, and no jello or pudding things.
It has to travel well (for an hour in the car) and serve 8.
So far it’s likely to be key lime cheesecake, or maybe a carrot cake, but I am looking for other options.

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How about peach pie? Or easy for travel…a cobbler.


Yes to all the summer fruit pies! If you’re making it and want easy then a galette!

Fruit pizza (on a sugar cookie crust)


Berry trifle but you would need a cooler to transport.

Key-style lime pie! Perfect summer time dessert (if you are not afraid to use the oven during this heat!):


Have you tried this pie? Maybe I will do it instead of cheesecake.

I’d like the key lime cheesecake recipe!

I have not tried this specific one but it sounds very similar to the one I’ve made in the past.

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Everyone loves this simple summer torte. I’ve made it with plums, or nectarines, or cherries, or blueberries.


This may not be exactly the same as the one I’ve made previously, but mine is from Southern Living. I will try to compare tomorrow and take a pic if it’s different. In any case I may try this one.

The Atlantic Beach Pie is such a winner - we love it and make it often. It is frozen though but I think it would make a one hour trip in a cooler

I have not tried this one because the recipe got published in the middle of our heat wave (no to ovens!!!), but it looks simple and delicious. It is on my “to try” list.


Do you happen to have a way to send that recipe that doesn’t require subscription? Thanks

Best key lime pie recipe ever is on this bottle. https://keylimejuice.com/

So easy. I’ve won multiple pie contests and everyone always says it’s the best they’ve ever tasted. It literally takes less than 5 min to prep.


I almost always have some homemade chocolate chip cookie dough in my freezer. For summer we bake cookies a bit larger than normal and serve hot with vanilla ice cream, chocolate topping and whipped cream. It is always a hit.

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Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake with fresh berries and whipped cream. Super easy to make, travels well and looks great plated up. It also freezes well, so I try to keep one in the freezer for drop in company.


That’s the one I use too.
Have you tried the Abraham’s Key lime pie recipe from that site?
It sounds interesting and easier than cheesecake.

Atlantic Beach Pie:


  • 1 ½ sleeves saltine (with salt) crackers (about 60 crackers/200 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ cup/113 grams unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 (14-ounce/396-gram) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup/120 milliliters lemon or lime juice, or a mix of the two
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Fresh whipped cream, lemon or lime zest and flaky sea salt, for garnish (optional)


  1. Make the crust: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Using a food processor or your hands, pulse or crush the crackers finely. (Stop before all the crackers turn to dust; it’s O.K. if you have some little pieces.) Add sugar, then butter.
  2. Pulse to combine or work the butter in with your hands until the crumbs hold together like dough. Press into and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Freeze for 15 minutes, then bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the crust gets a little color.
  3. Make the filling: While the crust is cooling (it doesn’t need to be cold), in a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks into condensed milk, then whisk in the lemon or lime juice (or both), and salt, making sure to combine them completely.
  4. Pour into the shell, and bake for 14 to 16 minutes until the filling has set. Refrigerate until completely cold, 4 hours up to overnight. Serve with fresh whipped cream, lemon or lime zest and a sprinkling of flaky sea salt, if desired.

And here’s what it looks like!

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could you share your recipe?

This IS the recipe I used. It’s in the All New Ultimate SL Cookbook if you happen to have it