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9 Exceptional Summer Sweet Treats

Roundup

The summer holidays are all about well-deserved indulgence. Christmas puddings for weeks after Christmas day, pavlovas piled high with cream and berries, and ice cream justifiable at any time of day!

As you may have ascertained, the TDF team are NEVER ones to shy away from sweet treats… isn’t it incredible how dessert stomach means there is ALWAYS rooms for a choc-top or sliver of pavlova? Read on for our tastiest summer sweet treat ideas.

1st January, 2019

‘Coconuts for You’ coconut and blueberry smoothie. Recipe by Lola Berry. Andrei Davidoff ADC small plate from Mr Kitly, glasses from Cibi. Recipe by Lola Berry. Styling – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull. Photo – Annette O’Brien.

Lucy Feagins
Tuesday 1st January 2019

‘Coconuts for You’ Smoothie

OK sweet treats are not ALL about indulgence, people. If you’re keen to kick off the new year with a less decadent menu, look no further than this smoothie from nutritionist and author Lola Berry. Lola proves that a blueberry+coconut packed smoothie can be *almost* as good as ice cream… almost.

Get the recipe here

Lisa Valmorbida of Pidapipo joined us this time last year to share some of her favourite gelato ideas – including the classic banana split. Terrazzo tiles from Signorino Tile Gallery, all props vintage / stylist’s own. Styling – Nat Turnbull, Styling assistant – Ashley Simonetto, Photo – Eve Wilson,

 

Affogato – a decadent and delicious grown-up dessert! Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Pidapipò Banana Split

A double ice-cream delight! First up, the most glamorous banana-split you have ever set eyes upon. Lisa Valmorbida of Pidapipò had us at ‘chocolate fudge sauce!’

Get the full recipe here

Affogato with Honey Roasted Pecans + Crunchy Toffee

In our studio, there are two things that incite a resounding ‘YESSSS!’ when offered: coffee and ice cream! This isn’t your run of the mill affogato – topped with crunchy honeyed pecans and shards of sweet toffee, this dressed up recipe is sure to impress.

Get the full recipe here

Pidapipò’s amazing popcorn choc tops! Terrazzo tile surface from Signorino Tile Gallery. Styling – Nat Turnbull, Styling assistant – Ashley Simonetto, Photo – Eve Wilson,

Pidapipò’s Popcorn Choc Top

The humble movie choc-top gets a gourmet makeover in the hands of cult gelaterie owner, Lisa Valmorbida of Pidapipó. This recipe uses Lisa’s own popcorn flavour gelato, but you could substitute any ice cream or gelato. Rustle up a batch of these bad boys, and cuddle up for an evening in front of the screen with your fave people.

Get the recipe here

Chocnana Pops by Kate Berry of Lunch Lady. Photo – Eve Wilson, styling – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull.

Choc-nana Pops

Kate Berry, founder of Lunch Lady, shared this inspired kids treat with us a couple of years back – taking the humble banana to new chocolately heights! This ‘recipe’ is both absurdly simple, and delish. Obviously, they’re very kid friendly… but in our experience adults seem pretty keen too!

Get the recipe here

Tiramisu – layers of thickened cream, mascarpone and coffee-soaked sponge biscuits. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Annie Portelli. Styling Assistant – Ashley Simonetto.

Individual pavlova! Photo – The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli. Styling Assistant – Ashley Simonetto.

A TDF Take on Tiramisu

Who doesn’t love a no-cook dessert? These individual Tiramisu servings are ridiculously easy to make, and the winning combo of coffee and liqueur makes them the perfect, grown-up ‘not-too-sweet’ treat.

This no-fuss recipe omits eggs, for a simplified and slightly lighter take on the traditional Italian dish.

Get the recipe here

A Quick, Fail-Proof Summer Pavlova

Summer pavlova holds is the iconic Aussie Christmas showstopper – an annual ritual of crossing your fingers and hoping for a marshmallow-y centre. Follow this recipe from Cassie Lucas of Firecracker to guarantee a winning outcome!

Get the recipe here

Lola Berry’s Rosy Posy smoothie. Kartell Jellies water glass in transparent crystal and transparent pink from Space Furniture. Kartell Jellies carafe in transparent crystal from Space Furniture. 16/16 Arita Japan plate from Minami. Recipe by Lola Berry. Styling – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull. Photo – Annette O’Brien.

‘Rosy Posy’ Smoothie

Lola Berry‘s ‘Rosy Posy’ smoothie combines strawberries with rosewater and fresh vanilla for a supremely sweet and deliciously perfumed treat! It’s her take on the typical strawberry breakfast smoothie, but a slightly fancier version, with the addition of rosewater and rose petals.

Get the recipe here

Pidapipò’s mouth-watering pavlovas with mint ice cream. Terrazzo tile surface from Signorino Tile Gallery. Styling – Nat Turnbull, Styling assistant – Ashley Simonetto, Photo – Eve Wilson.

Pidapipò’s Mint Gelato + Passionfruit Mini Pavlovas

This recipe involves a couple of different elements, but the combination is absolutely worth the washing up! Tuck into a mini pavlova, topped with fresh Pidapipò mint gelato, with tart passionfruit curd and passionfruit jelly cutting through the sweetness.

Recipe here.

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