Fourth of July is a great time for families to get together for lunches, dinners, picnics and BBQs. So, when creating your menu, whatever it might be, do not forget dessert! And, dessert is a perfect, easy place to show your patriotic spirit with the red, white and blue of our nation.
- A nice, cool fruit bowl is probably the simplest way to show your colors. Mix some strawberries and/or raspberries in a bowl, along with some beautiful blueberries, then top with whipped cream. Or, fill the bowl with vanilla ice cream, then top with the strawberries/raspberries and blueberries. And, hey—a little whipped cream on top of that wouldn’t be half bad either.
- Another easy fruit-based recipe: Kabobs! Not only are kabobs easy to make, they are single-serve, and easy to just grab and carry around. Blueberries, strawberries and marshmallows threaded on a stick—that’s it! If you don't mind a litte off-white, bananas are good on these, as well.
- It’s also hard to go wrong with cheesecake. Okay, it’s off-white, but it’s really yummy, right? And, adding some whipped cream to the finished product brings in the nice, bright white we’re looking for, as well. The simplest plan—and who does not want simple when planning a family get-together?—is starting with a no-bake variety or purchasing a plain cheesecake from your local baker, then decorating with fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and whipped cream. But, if you want to take on a basic cheesecake, try this one on Allrecipes.com.
- If you’re up for a little baking, try some patriotic cupcakes. Start with a red velvet cake mix to make your cupcakes. Then frost with white icing and top with blueberries and raspberries. These are yummy, and are great single-serve treats if there will be a lot of kids at your gathering. Kids love cupcakes!
- Flag cakes are popular for the 4th of July, as well. Bake a white sheet cake and allow to cool. Frost with white icing and use blueberries and either sliced strawberries or raspberries to create the flag pattern—two pints of strawberries/raspberries and one pint of blueberries should do the trick. You can even add “stars” onto the blueberries, if you like, using a small dollop of leftover white frosting or whipped topping for each star.
Eat well and have a wonderful and safe 4th!
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