fruit filled treats to try this summer

Berry Season Is Here: 3 Fruit-Filled Treats To Try This Summer

Cue the fanfare and roll out the red carpet — it’s finally berry season! This is the time when nature offers its bounty in a parade of vibrant, juicy goodness. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and their other tangy relatives are ready to leap from the bushel into your baking bowls. 

Whether you’re looking for a fun family activity or you’re a culinary artist looking to create a masterpiece, nothing screams “summer” quite like a homemade, fruit-filled dessert. From tart pies to tangy sorbets, berries bring a burst of flavor and a pop of color to the dessert menu. 

So, let’s roll up our sleeves, preheat the oven, and get ready to transform nature’s candy into something even more special.

Let’s Talk About Baking With Berries

Before we dive into the recipes, let’s talk about the secret to a spectacular berry dessert — which is no secret at all, really. It all starts with quality ingredients and reliable baking tools. 

Fresh, plump, ripe berries are the key to unlocking that burst of summer in every bite, so it’s important to be mindful of quality when selecting the berries for your bake and to know which fruits are in season. As for the tools, you might be surprised by how a seemingly simple item can play a pivotal role in your baking endeavors.

Among the mixing bowls, measuring cups, and whisks, you’ll find the unsung hero of the kitchen: the baking sheet. This versatile tool is a reliable flat surface that guarantees evenly baked goods, from cookies to scones and everything in between. It’s all about even heat distribution, and a quality baking sheet can mean the difference between a crisp, golden crust and a soggy bottom. 

Recipe 1: Berry-Burst Pancakes

Looking to give your go-to weekend breakfast a seasonal twist? The star of this recipe is, you guessed it, a berry medley! Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries team up to create an explosion of flavor in every bite.

Start by whisking together your favorite pancake mix. As the batter comes together, fold in a generous amount of fresh, chopped berries. If you notice your chopped berries creating an excess of liquid, you may have to do a bit of trial and error with some tiny test pancakes to ensure that the berry juice doesn’t throw off your batter.

Next, heat a griddle or non-stick pan, and ladle the batter onto the hot surface. As the pancakes cook, the berries will warm up, releasing their sweet, tangy juices right into the heart of each pancake.

Serve these beauties with a dusting of powdered sugar, a drizzle of maple syrup, and extra berries on top for good measure. Enjoy them outdoors under the early morning sun for the perfect summer breakfast experience. Trust us, it’s a berry good way to start the day!

Recipe 2: Summer Berry Galette

Culinary prowess is not a requirement to make a statement with a Summer Berry Galette, although it sounds extremely fancy. This rustic tart is deliciously forgiving, although you’ll definitely get some culinary street cred when you tell your family you’re bringing a galette to the potluck. If you’re worried about trying something new, spend some time reading up on the common mistakes that come with making a galette first.

Combine assorted berries with sugar, a squeeze of lemon, and a dash of cornstarch. Now, roll out a circle of pie dough (homemade or store-bought, we don’t judge), and heap the berry mixture in the middle. Gently fold the dough over the berries, leaving the center exposed. 

A brush of egg wash and a sprinkle of sugar on the dough adds the perfect touch of sparkle and crunch. Bake this beauty on your trusty baking sheet until golden and bubbling. The result? A dessert that’s a perfect balance of tart and sweet, rustic and elegant.

Recipe 3: Mixed Berry Cobbler

Who can resist the old-school charm of a berry cobbler? Not us, that’s for sure! Bubbling berries topped with a soft, cake-like layer? Sounds like a little piece of heaven. It’s like a pie but more rustic, easier to make, and more flexible regarding fillings.

Combine your choice of mixed berries with sugar, and pour into a baking dish. Next, mix up a simple batter and spoon it over the berries. Bake until the top is golden and the berries are bursting with juiciness. Serving this comfort food classic is like a hug in a bowl.

Something Sweet

Embracing the season’s bounty is one of the joys of home baking. These berry-laden treats are just the tip of the fruit-filled iceberg. Dive in, get creative, and let the humble baking sheet be your trusty partner in culinary crime. 

Whether it’s a casual brunch or an evening with friends, you have the recipes to make the most of berry season. Here’s to a summer filled with sweetness and joy!

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