Recipe Box: 30 beat-the-heat no-bake desserts

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It’s always fun to take advantage of summer by throwing an outdoor dinner party, but when it’s hot outside and inside, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven. Sweat beads build at just the thought of turning your oven dial, but serving a store-bought dessert makes you cringe, and leaving your dinner guests dessert-less is never an option.

Cakes and pies in all varieties may be party favorites, but for those days when you just need something sweet, in the heat, how about a frozen blackberry soufflé or a citrus tiramisu? Your guests will delight in a cool dessert, and you will have avoided the look of a disheveled host: hair matted, running around a hot kitchen.


There are plenty of ways to tame a sweet tooth without baking. Check out 30 no-bake dessert recipes from the Los Angeles Times test kitchen that will keep you satisfied all summer long.


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