Cool, exotic treats that are easy to make? Sounds good, and it is - very good! These summer Thai desserts will even keep you looking good in your swimsuit since they contain fewer calories and fat than most of our usual Western-type desserts. So go ahead and enjoy the sweet taste of summer!
01 of 10
This mango cake recipe is so fresh, fluffy and delicious, plus it's fun to make. In Thailand cakes like this are served at all the big hotels where chefs add ornamental garnishes prepared with fresh mango and coconut. Here I've simplified the process while keeping the original taste. And what is that? I'd describe it as a little like strawberry shortbread except with the exotic taste of mango.
02 of 10
Mangos are in season during the summer months, and this pudding is a great way to use them. I made it recently for my relatives from Asia, and they liked it better than their favorite mango pudding which they usually order at a dim sum restaurant. What makes it extra good is the fact that it is made with coconut milk instead of whipping cream or regular milk. Unlike dairy products, coconut milk brings out and enhances the taste of the mango, plus adds that touch of richness you're looking... for in a pudding.
03 of 10
Try this fantastically easy recipe for mango ice cream as in Thailand! The texture of this frozen dessert is halfway between sorbet and ice cream, and full of mango flavor. Quick and simple to make too, because there's no stove involved - not even an ice-cream maker. All you need is a blender or food processor. Makes a beautiful dessert to serve company, and easy too, since you can make it well in advance.
04 of 10
A Thai version of the classic creme caramel dessert that is super-easy to make, melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and healthier than traditional creme caramel! This recipe calls for coconut milk instead of cream (coconut milk contains good fats that actually lower your cholesterol), so if you're lactose-intolerant, this is a good dessert choice for you. It also makes an elegant dessert to serve guests or take to a party. Best of all, this recipe can be whipped up and in the oven in less than 10... minutes!Continue to 5 of 10 below.
05 of 10
This iced coffee is so good, it's worthy of dessert! If you like the iced coffee you can buy at your local cafe, or the bottled variety under various brands, try making it yourself and saving a bundle. This Thai version of iced coffee is simply heavenly served over ice on a hot day, or add some of your favorite liqueur for a delicious afternoon/after-dinner drink.
06 of 10
Imagine a classic pineapple upside-down cake jeweled with bits of mango and laced with caramel sauce - heaven! Fun to make, spectacular to eat, this delicious cake makes everyone very happy. It's simple too - just 1 cake pan and no need for icing. I love to serve this cake in the summer because of its tropical overtones: flavors of coconut, pineapple, and mango. The caramel is an unexpected bonus, elevating this cake to the 'best ever' status in my family. I know your family... will think so too.
07 of 10
This easy dessert only takes just minutes to make, but don't be deceived by its simplicity - the taste is so wonderfully sweet and exotic that I find it addictive! It also happens to be incredibly healthy. A great way to use up leftover bananas too.
08 of 10
Here's a dessert recipe that's tropical-delicious, easy, gluten-free and vegan too! When buying tapioca, I like the 'seed' tapioca found in the baking aisle of most regular supermarkets. You can also buy 'pearl tapioca' at any Asian grocery store. Tapioca comes from the cassava plant and is a root vegetable, not a grain (hence gluten-free), with some healthy fatty acids, so you can enjoy your dessert guilt-free.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
09 of 10
This beautiful Thai fruit salad recipe is a taste of paradise. Tropical fruit - or a mixture of tropical and local fruit - is tossed together in a sweet coconut-lime fruit salad dressing that enhances but never overwhelms the luscious taste of the fruit. Choose your own combination of local and exotic fruit for this easy fresh fruit treat.
10 of 10
Mangosteen is a beautiful Thai fruit that is now available in the US and Canada. Because it contains so many antioxidants, mangosteen also offers numerous health benefits. If you can't find it, lychees make a perfect substitution and are available canned as well as fresh. FYI: Fresh lychees are available all throughout the summer months.