Summer Berry Sweets

Transform summer's sweet berries into even-sweeter cakes, crisps, pies, Popsicles and more.

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Strawberry Galette

The strawberry filling in this lovely ruby-red rustic tart isn't overly sweet and is studded with lightly toasted ground almonds for an unexpected (but certainly welcome) crunch.

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Blueberry Pie

Alex Guarnaschelli uses a combination of butter and shortening in her crust to achieve maximum flakiness, and a mixture of fresh berries and jam provide a bounty of blueberry flavor.

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Strawberry Bruschetta

No time for baking? Try grilling some of Giada De Laurentiis' sweet bruschetta instead. The buttered, browned toasts are topped with caramelized strawberries –– simple, sweet and truly ready in less than 10 minutes.

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Blueberry Grumble

Laura Calder's sweet and buttery grumble topping couldn't be easier to make, but you might want to double the recipe if you’re entertaining — your guests are sure to grumble if they're denied seconds.

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Raspberry Tiramisu

Giada gives her tiramisu recipe a summer makeover by soaking the mascarpone and ladyfingers with fresh raspberries and orange liqueur instead of the traditional espresso and rum.

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Grilled French Toast with Strawberries and Rosemary

Grilling strawberries in foil packets softens, rather than chars, the sweet fruit. When cooked with balsamic, orange zest and rosemary, they take on savory flavors — though they're still sweet enough to transform grilled challah slices into a French toast dessert.

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Mixed Berry Cobbler

Ellie Krieger uses a minimal amount of sugar in her cobbler filling, allowing the berries' natural sweet-tart flavor to shine (and making for a lighter take on the classic dessert).

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Mango-Strawberry Crumble

Sometimes sweet flavors are best balanced by tangy ones in summer fruit desserts, and sometimes sweet is meant to be doubled, as is the case with this vibrant strawberry and mango crumble. The fruits' contrasting colors and textures make for a dish that tastes as cheerfully indulgent as it appears.

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Spiced Blueberry Jammin'

Freshly ground nutmeg and star anise add warmth to and balance the sweetness of Alton Brown's homemade blueberry jam. Try a spiced spoonful with your morning muffin or over a bowl of vanilla ice cream for dessert.

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Peach-Blackberry Pie

Summer's most-iconic stone fruit gets paired with plump, juicy blackberries in Bobby Flay's subtly spiced, mile-high pie. Inside you'll find an abundance of sweet, juicy fruit.

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Cast-Iron Blueberry Cobbler

Cooking your cobbler in a cast-iron pot gives this dessert crispy, caramelized edges and a chewy, gooey berry-filled center.

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Blueberry-Peach Cobbler

Sunny Anderson offers a different take on cobbler, using a store-bought pie crust in lieu of biscuit dollops, which cuts the prep time down to 20 minutes. 

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Blackberry-White Chocolate Fool with Toasted Hazelnuts

As in the traditional English recipe, Bobby Flay uses a mixture of pureed blackberries and whipped heavy cream as the base for his "fool," but he adds white chocolate and crème de cassis, a liqueur made with blackcurrants, to deliver even more decadence.

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Grilled Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Cream

Speedy shortcake that doesn't sacrifice flavor? Kelsey Nixon makes it possible with thick-cut store-bought pound cake darkened on the grill, glazed strawberries and a tart lemony cream for sandwiching in between.

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Blueberry-Lemon Tart

Tyler Florence makes a traditional lemon curd tart, Italian style, then sprinkles on some summer flavor with a scoop of fresh blueberries.

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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Fresh, sweet berries and creamy cheesecake are layered on top of a rich graham-cracker crust — no baking required!

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Apple, Lychee and Raspberry Crumble

Sweet lychee is a welcome addition to Ching's raspberry crumble recipe. Whip out your wok to prepare the hot strawberry topping. If you don't have one, no worries: A sauté pan on the grill would work just as well.

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Brioche and Berry Bread Pudding with Lemon Fondant

Tyler fills 6-ounce ramekins with already-rich brioche, berries and anglaise, then bakes them until the custard is set. He then takes these individual bread puddings to a tongue-tingling-tart level by topping each portion with a fondant made of lemon juice and zest.

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Strawberry Pudding

Alton transforms stale potato bread into a beautiful pudding by layering it between strawberries that have been macerated with red wine and black pepper.

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Macerated Berries

Macerating berries with fresh mint and a splash of limoncello is a quick and simple way to dress up vanilla ice cream or profiteroles (or both).

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4th of July Berry Tart

This tart recipe, perfect for the Fourth of July but delicious all season long, lets fresh berries shine, perched atop velvety white chocolate pastry cream and a rich almond and egg yolk crust.

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Spiced Yogurt with Summer Berries

Steeping saffron in a bit of boiling water produces a concentrate that imbues rich, exotic flavor to Bal Arneson's fruit-topped yogurt. 

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Chuck's Berry Crumble

Lightly sweetened berries pair perfectly with Chuck's unique crumble topping. Cornflakes and granola provide crunch, while brown sugar brings sweet caramel notes.

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Sunny Morning Muffins

Studded with fresh berries, bananas and chopped walnuts, these hearty muffins are sure to brighten your morning or offer a sunny (and smarter) finish to your meal.

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Fresh Blueberry Tart

Celebrate summer's bounty of blueberries by piling them into a flaky pastry crust. Want a quick cheat? Buy a frozen pastry shell and start with the filling.

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Individual Strawberry Trifles

Serve individual trifles of amaretto-soaked pound cake, whipped cream and balsamic-tossed strawberries for the perfect finish to any meal.

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Paletas de Yogurt con Moras (Yogurt Ice Pops with Berries)

These creamy, refreshing ice pops start with a Greek yogurt base and are sweetened with honey, simple syrup and plump, juicy blackberries.

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Lemon Pudding Cake with Fresh Mixed Berries

Baked in a water bath to ensure even cooking, these light and spongy pudding cakes explode with zesty lemon flavor.

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Berry Pie Pops (Pie on a Stick)

Kelsey's berry pie pops — given subtle sparkle thanks to a sprinkle of turbinado sugar — couldn't be more perfect for summer. (There, we said it.) Fresh berries and no plate required? Sounds like party fare to us.

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Raspberry Trifle

Nadia G. kicks up her trifle with layers of decadent custard, pound cake, raspberries and booze (sherry, to be exact). The only person who will know if you use store-bought pound cake is you.

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Skillet Blueberry-Peach Cobbler

To produce a flaky, biscuit-like cobbler topping, Kelsey mixes chilled butter into her dry ingredients, then stirs in buttermilk just until combined. She adds a double dose of lemon zest and juice to balance the sweetness of summer blueberries and peaches.

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Shortcakes with Grilled Peaches and Huckleberries

In this outside-the-box shortcake, fluffy biscuit halves sandwich a peach and ricotta cream filling. Pile the finished dessert high with huckleberries (if you can find them), or use blueberries, which are quite similar. For contrasting tang, try raspberries or another tart berry.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

Zoe's strawberry-rhubarb crisp, brightened with hints of lemon zest and fresh ginger, is adorned with a surprisingly nutty crispy oat topping.

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Raspberry Tart

The addition of framboise to this tart's creamy filling gives it an extra dose of raspberry flavor. Topped with bright ripe berries, it's almost too beautiful to eat.

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Berry Crisp with Plums

Celebrate the season with a mixture of berries and plums topped with a nutty pecan-oat mixture. Bake Kelsey's crisp in individual ramekins for party-perfect presentation.

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Berry Trifle

Tyler's take on the classic trifle layers blueberries, strawberries and raspberries with store-bought pound cake and a quick lemon cream — ready for guests in little more than 30 minutes.

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Ricotta Orange Pound Cake with Strawberries

Sweet, refreshing strawberries and dense pound cake are scented with orange zest and amaretto.

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Strawberry Tartlets

Thin, crunchy pastry shells are filled with tangy sour cream and sweet, citrus-scented strawberries for these elegant two-bite treats.

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Strawberry Shortcake

Celebrate strawberry season with a classic dessert starring these red gems. Kelsey keeps hers simple, with a buttermilk biscuit base and vanilla whipped cream.

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Blueberry Pavlova

Named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, these individually sized puffs are airy, light, crisp on the outside and marshmallow-y on the inside.

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Citrus Blueberry Salad with Almond and Mint

Bobby's citrus and blueberry salad is equal parts tart and sugary, and it's a refreshing way to satisfy a sweets craving without leaving you feeling too full.

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Shortcake

In just 30 minutes, you can whip up this foolproof dessert using standard pantry ingredients. Eat this quick shortcake with whipped cream, ice cream and any seasonal fruits you can get your hands on.

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Fresh Strawberries with Almond Creme Anglaise

Who needs a fancy, time-consuming dessert when you've got sweet summer strawberries? Mark Bittman drizzles them with a basic anglaise sauce and slivered almonds.

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Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

This might seem like an odd combination, but trust us (and David Rocco) — it's a delicious one. Balsamic rounds out the strawberries' sweet flavor, and a few cracks of pepper give it unexpected spiciness.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Slump

This slump — or stewed fruit topped with dumpling dough — is made with seasonal strawberries and rhubarb for a sweet celebration of early summer.

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Blackberry Millefeuille

Inspired by the forest, Laura prepares a dessert with earthy, natural flavors. The hazelnut and maple sugar-topped pastries are light and crispy after being baked and, with the encrusted nuts, resemble the forest "feuille," or leaves.

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Angel Food Cake with Macerated Berries and Mascarpone

Macerated in wine, honey and orange juice, berries take on savory, tangy flavor — perfect for pairing with pepper-laced mascarpone atop pound cake.

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Strawberry Mojito Ice Pops

Transform the sweet, minty mojito into a warm-weather dessert by blending the cocktail with fresh strawberries and then it freezing in a Popsicle mold.

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Fruit Salad: Macedonia

When you have berries this prime, they need little adornment. Add some sugar to release the fruits' natural flavor and citrus juices for a bit of brightness and contrasting tang.

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Dos Leches Strawberry Cake

Try Kelsey's Mexican version of strawberry shortcake, with its layers of pound cake, sweetened condensed milk, tangy lime-flavored whipped cream and diced strawberries.

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Blackberry Clafoutis

A clafoutis is a type of French custard typically filled with cherries or berries and then baked, but this decadent blackberry clafoutis recipe boasts a unique trademark: it's gluten-free.

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Mascarpone and Wild Berry Tart

In this foolproof tart recipe, Debi and Gabriele match wild berries with milky mascarpone and grappa, a high alcohol eau de vie made from remnants of the wine-making process. Ribbon-like shavings of dark chocolate, which you can make using a vegetable peeler, are a dramatic finish.

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Italian-Style Strawberry Shortcake

Instead of the traditional biscuit-like shortcake, this Italian-style recipe calls for lighter and flakier puff pastry, which can be found in the freezer section of the market.

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Jennifer Mclagan's Simple Strawberry Ice Cream with Brandy Snaps

Though ice cream is the consummate summer treat, sometimes you're left feeling far too full after downing a cone. This purer version of ice cream is just heavy cream and berries — no egg yolks — so even though the strawberry flavor is quite strong, it's actually a bit lighter.

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Angel Cake With Blackberries and White Currants

Not to be confused with angel food cake, this dessert is just as light, but contains egg yolks, which give it an even richer flavor. It needs little more than a topping of blackberries (or any berries you can find at your local market) and a garnish of something creamy, such as ice cream, whipped cream or crème fraiche.

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