Make-and-Take Picnic Desserts — Summer Soiree

Make-and-Take Picnic Desserts


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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.



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Kat Teutsch

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.

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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.



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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.

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