Since 4th of July is just around the corner, I can’t resist starting out this week with a couple of red, white and blue recipes that would be a great addition to any 4th of July barbecue.
- Elise at Simply Recipes topped her Fourth of July Buttermilk Pie off with fresh raspberries and blueberries to add splashes of red and blue. You might think that the custardy buttermilk pie filling is the “white” in this dessert, but that actually comes from the layer of fluffy whipped cream that finishes this pie off and showcases those brightly colored berries.
- Project Foodie used some farm-fresh summer berries to create a beautifully layered Rhubarb, Blueberry & Cream Parfait. The parfait starts out with a silky layer of whipped cream mixed with creme fraiche, which is then topped off with a red layer of cooked, sweetened, rhubarb. The next component is a crumble layer, which is somewhere between granola and the topping you might find on a coffee cake, and fresh blueberries. Use tall glasses and start all over with another layer of the creme fraiche mixture!
- Nutmeg Nanny‘s Red, White and Blueberry Sour Cream Tart keeps the theme going strong, using a combination of strawberries and blueberries to give this dessert some color. The base of this tart is a sour cream and cream cheese mixture that has a cheesecake-like flavor, but requires no baking. Berries are piled over the top of the tart and drizzled generously with blueberry jam for a lovely – and flavorful – finish.
- Of course, you don’t need to have red, white and blue in your dessert to serve it at 4th of July. The Merlin Menu made Salted Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars that I suspect would be a hit anywhere. The cheesecake base is infused with dulce de leche, but the bars are also glazed with some of the thick milk caramel. They’re finished off with a dusting of salt that cuts the sweetness of the caramel just enough to make these dangerous.
- S’mores are always a great finish to a barbecue. If you prefer something a little bit softer than the traditional graham cracker version, try K Bakes‘ S’mores Whoopie Pies. These sandwich cookies use graham flour to give them a lovely color and a graham cracker flavor. They’re filled with marshmallow fluff and chocolate ganache, meaning that you also don’t need access to a fire to enjoy the melting, marshmallow goodness of a s’more this summer.