Six of the best summer desserts from Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 14:02 11 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:02 11 August 2014

Lemon tart

Lemon tart


‘Summer breeze,’ sang The Isley Brothers, ‘makes me feel fine... blowin’ through the jasmine of my mind.’ Now, plainly, that makes no sense at all — what were they on? — but it’s a great song and you sort of get its meaning, despite the mad lyrics, writes Tony Greenway.

In The Isley Brothers’ world, the sky is blue and the sun is shining. Yes, there is a slight breeze — which, as we have already established, is blowin’ through the old mind jasmine — but, on the whole, things are pretty glorious. It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life – and they’re feelin’ good (although that might be another song entirely). In fact, the only thing that could make The Isley Brothers’ summer better would be a gorgeous light dessert made with local produce: a glazed fresh fruit tart, perhaps, a meringue pie, torte or maybe a raspberry ripple cheesecake.

That’s what I’m (tenuously) reading into it anyway. Possibly wrongly. So, summer desserts then? Seasonal treats that make you feel so good to be alive you want to sing about them? Yes, I have my favourites. And here they are...

Indie Ices

Kulfi – or Indian ice cream — is a dessert often overlooked by curry house punters who have filled up on too much chicken tikka masala and nan breads. Bad mistake; kulfi can be delicious. Rather brilliantly, Mike Tattersall, based in Leeds, has started his own kulfi company called Indie Ices which has been featured everywhere from Jamie Oliver’s food magazine to Paul Hollywood’s BBC2 TV series, Pies and Puds. Mike’s kulfi flavours include mango, almond and pistachio, vanilla, chocolate, cardamon and saffron and pistachio. Delivery details on Mike’s website.

Oliver’s Pantry, Ripon

A nice quirky cafe in Ripon run by Lou and Tim, who have a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry (with customers and companies including Pret a Manger, Malmaison and Cafe Rouge). They also make a lemon tart to die for.

01765 600548

10, The Coffee House

A lovely cafe and coffee house in Haworth run by owner Claire, who makes her own cakes from scratch to her own recipes. Her moist coconut and lime cake, for example, is a taste of the Caribbean, drizzled through with lime and white rum, served with a homemade strawberry syrup. Then there’s raspberry and white chocolate, served with homemade raspberry coulis; and while the soft rhubarb sponge might sound more autumnal than summery it’s more like a clafoutis, served with a homemade strawberry and rhubarb syrup and clotted cream. Claire also makes cakes to order.

01535 644694

The Patisserie Malton

Malton has a growing reputation as a fab foodie venue. When looking around town for a delicious summer dessert, look no further than The Patisserie Malton’s vanilla cheesecake; with cream, naturally.

Dumouchel, Leeds

Chef Thierry Dumouchel has cooked in London, Sydney, Tokyo, the Hotel de Paris, Monaco, Chateaux D’Esclimont and Pelletier, Paris. Now he’s in Leeds. If you’re looking for a French dessert with a Yorkshire twist (they’re made from local ingredients) you’ve come to the right place. I rather like the Miroir Framboise — raspberry mousse layered with light sponge.

0113 287 0055

Blacker Hall Farm Shop

An establishment that comes recommended by none other than Wakefield wonder Jane McDonald. We have no way of knowing if Jane has tried Blacker Hall Farm Shop’s raspberry and white chocolate delice — a speciality dessert of local cream, white chocolate, sponge and raspberry — but, if she has, we bet she likes it. Who wouldn’t?

01924 267202


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