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Cool desserts to cool you down in August

There’s nothing more satisfying than a cool dessert on a warm August evening. Desserts not only go well with the event meal, but as an afternoon treat or late evening snack.
Some suggested desserts from Taste of Home use fruit for their foundation.
BANANA PUDDING
INGREDIENTS
3 cups whole milk
2 cups half-and-half cream
6 large egg yolks
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 package (12 ounces) vanilla wafers
4 medium bananas, sliced
1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
Caramel sundae syrup, optional
DIRECTIONS
In a large heavy saucepan, bring milk and cream to a simmer. In a bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk a small amount of hot milk mixture into egg yolk mixture; return all to pan, whisking constantly.
Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla. Cool 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Line bottom of a 3-qt. trifle or other glass bowl with half of the vanilla wafers; cover with half the banana slices followed by half the pudding. Repeat layers. Press plastic wrap onto surface of pudding; refrigerate until cold. Just before serving, remove plastic and top with whipped topping. If desired, serve with caramel syrup.
REFRIGERATOR LIME CHEESECAKE
INGREDIENTS
32 soft ladyfingers, split
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup lime juice, chilled
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons grated lime zest
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
Fresh strawberry and lime slices, optional
DIRECTIONS
Arrange 20 ladyfingers around the edges and 12 ladyfingers on the bottom of an ungreased 8-in. springform pan; set aside. In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold lime juice; let stand for 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved; cool.
Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Gradually beat in melted chocolate, lime zest and gelatin mixture. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours. Remove sides of pan. If desired, garnish with strawberry and lime slices.
LEMON CHIFFON BLUEBERRY DESSERT
INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 24 squares)
1-1/3 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup butter, melted
1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries, divided
1 package (3 ounces) lemon gelatin
1 cup boiling water
11 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
DIRECTIONS
Combine cracker crumbs, 1/3 cup sugar and butter, reserving 2 tablespoons for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a 13×9-in. dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup blueberries.
In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; cool. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar. Add vanilla; mix well. Slowly add dissolved gelatin. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over blueberries. Refrigerate, covered, until set, about 3 hours. Top with reserved crumb mixture and remaining blueberries. Refrigerate leftovers.
RASPBERRY CAKE
INGREDIENTS
1 package white cake mix (regular size)
1 package (3 ounces) raspberry gelatin
4 large eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup hot water
1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened raspberries, thawed, undrained
FROSTING:
1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened raspberries, thawed, undrained
Fresh raspberries, optional
DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, gelatin, eggs, oil and water; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in raspberries.
Pour into a greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool.
For frosting, in a large bowl, fold whipped topping into raspberries. Spread over cake. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator. Garnish with fresh raspberries if desired.
WATERMELON SHERBET
INGREDIENTS
8 cups seeded chopped watermelon
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups whole milk
DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, combine watermelon, sugar and lemon juice. Chill for 30 minutes; place half in a blender. Blend until smooth; pour into a large bowl. Repeat with the other half; set aside.
In a saucepan, cook and stir gelatin and water over low heat until gelatin dissolves. Add to watermelon mixture; mix well. Stir in the milk until well blended.
Freeze in an ice cream freezer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Serve immediately or freeze and allow to thaw about 20 minutes before serving.