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Dreamy, chilled-out ice-cream desserts from Donal Skehan you won't be able to resist

Ice-cream desserts are easy to prepare and full of nostalgia

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Strawberry Semi Freddo. Picture: Donal Skehan

Strawberry Semi Freddo. Picture: Donal Skehan

Strawberry & White Chocolate Crumble Sundae

Strawberry & White Chocolate Crumble Sundae

Fish and Chips.

Fish and Chips.

Triggerfish Cookshop

Triggerfish Cookshop

Howth Castle

Howth Castle

Triple Chocolate Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake. Picture: Sarah-Kim Watchorn

Triple Chocolate Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake. Picture: Sarah-Kim Watchorn

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Strawberry Semi Freddo. Picture: Donal Skehan

Easy-to-make-ahead showstopper summer desserts are the order of the day and increasingly I find myself looking towards ones that give foolproof results. Recipes that use pre-made ingredients - like ice-cream sandwiched between store-bought cookies, jars of fruit jam spread between layers of cake, or frozen pastry puffed up and piled with sweet whipped cream and berries - can be put to work to help your dessert become more of an assembly job than one that has you stuck in the kitchen for too long.

Ice-cream cakes are pure nostalgia for me, and recipes like baked Alaska, Arctic roll and even jelly and ice-cream instantly evoke the dreamy kids' birthday parties of my childhood. I think there's still plenty of room for the good old ice-cream cake to make a comeback, perhaps with a slightly more sophisticated twist. My triple chocolate tiramisu cake is not only easy to assemble but is a really cool and elegant way to finish any summer meal. Best enjoyed with a little shot of espresso.

Speaking of retro desserts, anyone who enjoyed childhood desserts like hot fudge sauce over vanilla ice-cream, a towering knickerbocker glory and a classic banana split will understand the beauty of an ice-cream sundae done right. This recipe for my strawberry and white chocolate crumble sundae might be devoid of whipped cream, chocolate sauce and the traditional maraschino cherry on top, but for all that it lacks in over-the-top frivolity, it makes up for in simplicity.