Oh, Go Ahead, It’s Summer: Eat Dessert for Dinner

These hearty, fruity desserts from Food Network are so filling and delicious, you won't want to wait until after dinner to eat them.

Food Network Kitchen’s Grilling Deep Dish Peach Pie.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

If you can’t break the rules a little during the lazy, hazy days of summer, when can you? These fruity, indulgent desserts are filling, vibrant — and too delicious to wait to eat until after dinner anyway. Elevate one to the main event this week.

This towering beauty is a bountiful way to celebrate peach season. With each hefty slice, you get a truly satisfying portion of buttery crust and loads of fruit; if you had eaten normal dinner, you might not have had enough room to really enjoy it!

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Blackberry Summer Pudding 01:01

This layered dessert is perfect to make at the peak of blackberry season.

Literally spilling with eight cups (!) of summer berries and their juices, this recipe turns humble, white sandwich bread into a delicious work of art.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Galette 00:58

This light and springy dessert is perfect for any cheesecake lover.

If you know you can’t get through dinnertime without something savory, might we suggest a berry galette with cheesecake topping? This treat is far easier to prepare than a full-on cheesecake and more forgiving than a pie. Tell any dessert-for-dinner dissenters to squint and pretend it’s a pizza.

Food Network Kitchen’s Summer Cheesecake Mousse for One-Off Recipes, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

If you love a yogurt parfait for breakfast, you’ll dig this heartier version for dinner. Berries and cheesecake (this time reimagined as a creamy mousse) combine again to create tangy, bright dish. Can’t you just picture yourself eating this on the patio, watching the sun set?

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Grilled Banana Split 00:38

Give this classic dessert a summertime twist with grilled bananas.

An “ice cream for dinner” day is summer bucket list tradition your kids will love. Start it this year with this amped-up sundae. A grilled banana provides an even sweeter, gooier base for all that ice cream.

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