How about grilled desserts this summer? The barbecue season is here and many people still wonder if open fire and confections go together. They do and brilliantly so. And we are not just talking about smores. The idea of barbecuing is not just limited to hamburgers, steaks, and hot dogs. There’s so much you can do with your backyard grill when it comes to desserts. Even if you don’t have a grill, you can use a stovetop grill pan to make grilled desserts. So, let’s dig in on what desserts you can put on those hot irons.
Best grilled desserts you can try at home
From fresh fruits to crisps, cakes, and even donuts, there are endless possibilities to explore in the grilled desserts department.
Yes, you can grill fruits! Make the most of fresh, seasonal fruits by putting a little char for a little bit of smokiness to the juicy, tangy taste of summer fruits. When grilling fruits, it’s better to pick fleshy or solid-bodied fruits like pineapples, peaches, plums, etc. so they hold together when you put them on the flame. Whether it’s a warm banana split or honey-roasted peaches, fruits make for delicious grilled desserts. And they are so easy to make. For example, instead of a straight and simple banana split, you can grill the banana before you add the ice cream and toppings. Or, simply char a slice of pineapple or halved peaches to go with ice cream or yogurt. Or, you can try these pineapple and mango skewers with coconut dip for a classic tropical dessert.
Cakes and crisps
A little char here and a little smokiness there, cakes with a slight toastiness, can elevate the idea of grilled desserts to the next level. You can lightly char any sponge cake or tea cake to go with fresh fruits and custard or a scoop of ice cream. Or, if you would rather make an elaborate grilled cake, then you can try this grilled peach upside-down cake from Betty Crocker. If you don’t have the option of a barbecue, you can also make cobblers and crisps on a grill pan on the stovetop or in the grill setting in your oven.
Dessert pizzas have been a thing for a while. And although there are mixed opinions about this dessert idea, this grilled pizza recipe might just sweeten up your pizza nights. There’s banana, chocolate, fruits, and nuts – what’s not to like? You can also try grilling smores in a pan or adding them to fruits instead of burning them on an open flame, for a roasted (not burned) taste.
This barbecue season, you can get the most out of your grill with these delectable and sinfully good grilled desserts and end your summer meals on a sweet note.