From summer fruit pies to fudgy ice cream cake, here is a collection of classic warm-weather crowd-pleasers.
For cherry pie, sour is actually better than sweet-sour cherries, that is. This bright-red variety, too tart to eat raw, makes the best pies-when mixed with sugar, the acidic fruit blooms into a deeply flavorful filling. Sour cherries have an extremely short season, however: They're only available for a few weeks in July. If you can't find them fresh in the market, frozen sour cherries make a very good substitute.
Be a Softy
If you're making an ice cream cake with homemade ice cream, assemble it as soon as the ice cream comes out of the machine-it'll be much easier to spread. If you're using store-bought, let it sit out for a bit to soften before spreading.
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