Strawberry shortcakes and s’mores are great this time of year, but have you ever entertained the idea of grilling your desserts? Here are a few tips.

Try grilling pound cake, sponge cake or angel food cake and then piling on the toppings of whipped cream, fruit, nuts and/or chocolate. I must say browning that cake, whatever type it is, on the grill provides a crunchy and toasty sweetness that makes that dessert something special. Grilling the cake actually caramelizes the sugars that are on the surface of that cake elevating the taste and mouth feel. Make sure the cake is pretty sturdy and won’t break apart on the grill.

I also recommend grilling fruit halves like peaches, plums, apples and pears. After lightly marking them on the grill for a few minutes, brush them with a bit of a glaze. This can take many forms like a simple syrup or thinned down preserves or jelly. Do this on a low flame, and when they become softer and glazed, serve over vanilla ice cream and top with whipped cream and nuts or shaved chocolate. Yum!

Happy Baking!

Chef Gail