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The Cookstr 10: Ten Sweet Berry Recipes

July 14, 2010

Going once, going twice…okay, okay, it’s not that dire, but we are in the heart of berry season, and for those of us who can’t get enough of those jewel-like little fruits, not a day will go by without finding some excuse to down a few strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries. The easiest way to get your berry fix is by the fistful, but if you are looking for something a little more special, something to impress the neighbors or bring for dessert to a friend’s house, then you may need to kick it up a notch.

Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova

And it is also worth noting that the price of that pint of raspberries, which made you swallow your gum in November, is now so manageable that making a tart, pie, pavlova, or tub of ice cream is imminently do-able. Which makes perfect sense, since the berries that appeared in the winter were flown in from somewhere like Chile, and all of those tiny seatbelts cost money. Plus the berries are jetlagged. Hey, we’re on board with buying as much local food as possible for all sorts of dignified reasons…and 3 pints of blueberries for $5 really does sweeten the deal.

Abby Dodge's Bursting with Raspberries Bread Pudding

Here are ten stunning desserts starring the diminutive pin-up fruit of summer.

1. Nick Mautone’s Raspberry Ten. Okay, yeah, this isn’t really a dessert, but while you’re deciding which dessert to make, why not shake yourself up a little cocktail to fuel your thoughts. First you get the raspberries drunk (kind of) then you layer them up in this fruity version of a gin and tonic.

2. Hans Reuffert’s Blueberry Orange Clafouti. Clafoutis are wonderful French country desserts, like a very moist, custardy cake. Cherry is the quintessential fruit for a clafouti, but many different kinds of fruit–such as, hey, blueberries!–work marvelously in this simple preparation. The hint of orange elevates the flavors.

3. Christopher Idone’s Blackberry Cobbler. Cobblers, crisps, and crumbles may well be the homiest desserts on the planet, the bear hugs of sweets. Here, berries are judiciously sweetened with sugar, and then a rustic topping of biscuit dough is dolloped on and baked until golden brown, looking much like the cobblestones the dish is named after.

4. Lou Seibert Pappas’s Raspberry Fondue. Brilliantly colored, very versatile, and fun. The framboise, which is a French raspberry-flavored liqueur, echoes the flavor of the fruit. It’s a pretty dunk for cake, small macaroons, or amaretti cookies.

5. Susan Spungen’s Blueberry Cornmeal Crostadas. A crostata is essentially a free-form tart, and in this dessert rendition the dough gets some interesting crunch from cornmeal. This is another unpretentious ending to a summer meal, with a simple crust and a simple filling adding up to something that tastes anything but.

6. Tom Douglas’s Peak-of-Summer Berry Crisps. Got berries? Step right this way. Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, marionberries, huckleberries, boysenberries–you can use any combination you have around to make these appealing crisps. Don’t forget the vanilla ice cream.

7. Abby Dodge’s Bursting with Raspberries Bread Pudding. Bread puddings can be very firm or they can be slightly on the creamier side, as with this one. Serve it a bit warm, with a generous serving of bittersweet chocolate sauce or blueberry sauce, both of which keep well and will make welcome repeat appearances.

8. Frank Mentesana and Jerome Audureau’s Fresh Berry Coffee Cake with Walnut Crumb Topping. There is just enough cake to hold together the unstinting amount of berries that stud this dessert (or snack or brunch offering, should you be so lucky). The nutty crumb topping is even better than the proverbial icing on the cake.

9. Regan Daley’s Rich Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake. One might imagine that if grown-up strawberries discussed possible vocational paths with their little strawberry offspring, becoming a part of a strawberry shortcake might be the pinnacle of career possibilities. Rich dessert biscuits, sweet Chantilly cream, heaps of lightly sugared berries–yep, this is as good as it gets when you’re a strawberry.

10. Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova. First off, there’s a chocolate meringue at the base of this dessert, which in many people’s book might be exciting enough on its own. But you would not want to miss the copious amounts of whipped cream and tumble of red, red raspberries that turn a meringue into a pavlova.

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  1. July 19, 2010 6:29 am

    It should be yummy one..Thanks for the idea……looks very delicious and easy, I should try it..

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