Make-and-Take Picnic Desserts — Summer Soiree



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The need for a roster of packable desserts is real in the summer months, especially when the name of the game is outdoor eating. When the dinner grub is covered at a friend's backyard barbecue or your picnic menu is missing that last sweet course, you need something that you can move from point A to point B with limited spillage and fuss. That means ice cream sundaes and other temperamental desserts are out, and Food Network's go-to make-and-take treats are totally in.

Food Network Magazine's Blackberry Summer Pudding Cake (pictured above) may not look transport-friendly, but fear not. After pouring juice over it, carry this classic British dessert in its container to your final destination and remove it just before serving.

Can you think of a better thing to nibble on than these Classic Lemon Bars dusted in powdered sugar? Food Network Magazine's tart treats are a picnic power player, especially because anything in bar form is made for container storage.

Pie is always a winning dessert, but the sweet filling can get messy. Don't let that stop you. Food Network Magazine's Strawberry Pie Cake fuses the latticed look of an all-American pie and the portability of a cake, while Cherry Hand Pies shrink it down and nix the fork.

For a dessert so on-the-go you don't even need the oven, look no further than Peanut Butter No-Bake Cheesecake. With its prepared graham cracker crust, all you need is patience while this pie sets up in the fridge.

When your precious baked goods hit the road, they have to be sturdy. Food Network Magazine's Cherry Clafoutis is a French baked custard that's so composed it won't require its own seat belt in the car.

Get more packable dessert recipes from friends and family:
The Heritage Cook: Anzac Biscotti
Taste With The Eyes: Cherimoya Brulee
Cooking With Elise: Salted Caramel Brownies
Bacon and Souffle: Mason Jar Overnight Oats

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