I try to make a special trip up to my hometown in Massachusetts every summer to go berry picking. Surely I could go to a closer spot by my current home in New York, but I just can't seem to nudge the no-frills spot near where I grew up off my summer bucket list. I load up on as many blueberries and raspberries as I can carry back with me on the train and relish their sweetness until the very last berry is polished off. Dessert is my favorite way to feature the fruit — aside from snacking on them straight, of course. Whether it's a warm, baked cake or cobbler or a light, fresh granita, there is no shortage of ways to feature berries at the end of a meal during peak season. Here are 15 great recipes.
Blueberries and Blackberries
Inky blue fruit like blueberries and blackberries carry a rich flavor inside of them that mimics their deep color. It wouldn't be summer without baking one into a cobbler at least once.
- The Ultimate Fresh Blueberry Cobbler
- Frozen Yogurt Pie with Boozy Blueberries
- Blueberry-Lemon Skillet Cake
- Blackberry Buttermilk Ice Cream
- Individual Blackberry Bourbon Slumps
- Blackberry Cabernet Granita
Strawberries and Raspberries
Red berries, like strawberries and raspberries, look like jewels on top of a cake or when tucked into a pie, so it's no wonder they are always a crowd-favorite for dessert.
- Upside-Down Strawberry Skillet Cake
- Strawberry Slab Pie
- Strawberry Blondies
- Gluten-Free "Buttermilk" Raspberry Weeknight Cake
- Raspberry Rose Pudding
- Raspberry Lemonade Bars
No one ever said you can only pick one berry for dessert. Bring the whole gang together and you've got a colorful treat that celebrates the season's abundance.