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6 of the best... delicious desserts that go beyond chocolate

Showstoppers for your next dinner.

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NATURALLY, CHOCOLATE is the first thing that comes to mind when we think about dessert. Because let’s be honest, who isn’t a fan?

But we can all get chocolated out at times. And after a full meal, sometimes a chocolate-based dessert is just that bit too heavy.

With summer upon us, we’re craving sweet, fruity flavours like summer fruit pavlova, lemon tart and passion fruit EV-E-RY-THING! Whether you’re looking for something warm or chilled, we’ve got a selection of decadent chocolate-free desserts to end your next meal in style. Read our top picks below.

1. Passion Fruit Cheesecake, from Irish Baking Adventures: This baked cheesecake flavoured with fresh passion fruit would be perfect for summertime entertaining. Best of all, it can be made a day or two ahead and kept in the fridge until needed.

2. Lemon Meringue Tart, from Chef Adrian: Lemon meringue tart is a real showstopper, and while it takes some effort, it is most definitely worth it. This is a classic dessert worth a little extra time in the kitchen.

3. Sticky Toffee Pudding, from Pikalily: There are few desserts quite as satisfying as a perfectly baked sticky toffee pudding. Drenched in salted caramel sauce and served warm with vanilla ice cream, this is as decadent as it gets.

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4. Foolproof Pavlova, from One Yummy Mummy: Pavlova is quick to prepare and can be transformed in something really impressive by decorating it with a selection of summer berries and coulis. This recipe is described as being foolproof, so if you haven’t made a pavlova before, this would be a great place to start.

5. Italian Style Bakewell Tart, from Jamie Oliver: You can’t go wrong with a fruity bakewell tart, and this Italian version by Jamie Oliver features plums and is finished off with Limoncello for a true taste of summer. Serve warm with a decent dollop of freshly whipped cream.

6. Eton Mess, from Wholesome Ireland: We all have days where we want dessert, but don’t want to spend any time in the kitchen, and that is where Eton Mess comes in! Use ready-made meringues for an ultra satisfying dessert in a matter of minutes!

More: 6 of the best… gorgeous cakes and bakes that also happen to be gluten-free>

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