The 4th of July is a holiday that calls for the bold red, white and blue colors of the American Flag. It’s easy to find decorations in these colors if you’re having a backyard barbecue or pool party and want to create a festive atmosphere, but it is difficult to find food in these colors in foods. Fortunately, while a little bit of food coloring can help give a dessert a patriotic look easily, you can find these colors in fruits that celebrate the summer. A selection of fresh fruit desserts made with red strawberries, raspberries and cherries alongside desserts made with blueberries can capture the red, white and blue look of the holiday with no food coloring needed. The added bonus is that you will also be enjoying some of the best berries of the year when they are at the peak of their seasons!
A Mixed Berry and Mascarpone Tart is an easy to make tart the features a no-bake filling and is studded with rows of fresh fruit. You can use any fruit of your choice, but berries of all colors make the tart look absolutely stunning.
Strawberry Shortcakes are a common summer dessert, but they are not the only fruit that can make a great shortcake. Double Blueberry Shortcakes feature blueberry shortcakes and are filled with whipped cream and more fresh berries.
Fruit cobblers are always a welcome dessert in the summer. A Peach and Strawberry Cobbler uses a combination of fruits that you don’t usually find in a cobbler and, while it is not red and blue, it has a beautiful color to it that captures a summer sunset.
Blueberry Pudding Cake is similar to a fruit cobbler, but with a thicker layer of berries at the bottom that takes on a sauce-like consistency as the cake bakes. For blueberry fans, this is dangerously addictive.
For strawberry fans, a Fresh Strawberry Pie is a good choice. The pie bursting with color and packed with fresh strawberries, which are topped with a thin strawberry glaze that gives the pie a glossy finish and adds an extra hint of sweetness to already sweet berries.
Red, White and Blue Push Pop Cakes are like individual berry trifles, with layers of cake, whipped cream, red strawberries and fresh blueberries. Served in special push pop containers, these treats look just as festive as they taste.
Red White and Blueberry Yogurt Cake is another dessert that really captures the colors of the holiday. The tender white cake is packed with blueberries and raspberries, which really pop against the white crumb of the cake. It has just a thin layer of cream cheese frosting on top and is garnished with fresh berries.
I love pies made with fresh fruit in the summer, but hand pies are even better in my book. These Strawberry Hand Pies are easy to make and perfectly shareable. That means that no plates or silverware are needed to serve these, making them an exceptional choice for barbecues and picnics all summer long.
Strawberry Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches may not sound like a fruit dessert, but they are naturally flavored with freeze dried strawberries, which gives the cookies a pop of pink color and a delicious berry flavor. The cookies are exellent when sandwiched with vanilla ice cream, but they are even better when you use my Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
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