Cheers to the long weekend! If your Fourth of July holiday plans at all revolve around good food with friendsâand we suspect they do!âshow your enthusiasm for the day with one of these patriotic dessert ideas that utilize fresh summer berries. From a easy fruit cup to showstopping flag cupcakes, we’ve got a sweet red, white and blue treat for everyone.
For the Super-Chill, Adults-Only Dinner: Wine-Spiked Berries with Ricotta
This dessertâberries steeped in wineâis ideal for a casual, no-fuss dinner with friends. Prepare the red wine syrup and ricotta mixtures in advance, and all you have to do is assemble the glasses before serving.
For the Family Grillout: Classic Berry Tartlets with Pastry Cream
Who can resist a traditional berry tartlet, filled with a soothing dollop ofÂ pastry cream and topped with fresh-from-the-market berries? A no-roll crust and make-ahead pastry cream ensuresÂ stress-free preparation.
For the Dessert ShowâOff: Currant-and-Berry Pavlova with Lime Curd
If you’re baking to impress, serve this meringue dessert (named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova) that’s filled with homemade citrus curd and piled high with a mix ofÂ whipped cream, currants and fresh berries.
For the Fourth That’s All About the Kids: Cupcake Flag
Making this crowd-friendly take on the old favoriteâflag cakeâis a fun way to get the whole crew involved. Choose any three cupcakeÂ flavors you like;Â cupcakes mixes can help cut down on the prep time.
For the HighbrowÂ Party:Â BrÃ»lÃ©ed Buttermilk Tartlets with Fresh Berries
A swankier occasion calls for a dessert that’s just as festive but far more sophisticated. In this miniature dessert, tangy buttermilk is tempered by the richness of egg yolks and cream. The piÃ¨ce de rÃ©sistance is the toasty, glasslikeÂ brÃ»lÃ©ed topping.