Berry desserts come in all different varieties. There are frozen, fresh and cooked berry desserts that are the perfect ending to any meal. Berry desserts are often served during the summer, due to the availability of fresh fruit, but can be made any time of the year.
Smoothies are popular berry desserts due to their simplicity. Put different berries, such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and boysenberries in a blender with vanilla frozen yogurt. Blend it until smooth and creamy. Top the smoothie with whipped cream and a cherry. Besides being tasty, it is also high in vitamin C and manganese.
Strawberries and/or raspberries can be pureed to make a delicious berry lemonade. Place fresh or frozen berries in a blender and puree them until smooth. Add them to a pitcher of fresh lemonade and stir until mixed thoroughly. Pour over a glass of ice for a sweet and sour drink.
No-bake pies are perfect for a hot day when you don't want to run your oven. Combine fresh or frozen strawberries with a box of strawberry glaze mix. Follow the package directions for mixing the strawberry glaze. Put the mixture into a pre-baked graham cracker pie crust and spread evenly. Top the pie with whipped cream and chopped nuts.
For those days when you crave chocolate try making chocolate drizzled berry desserts. Combine strawberries or raspberries with vanilla yogurt and place in a dessert bowl. Melt squares of chocolate, or chocolate chips, in a double boiler. Drizzle the chocolate over the berries and enjoy. If you desire a little variety, try using white chocolate or mint chocolate chips.
Strawberry shortcakes are enjoyed by adults and children alike. Top angel food cake cups with vanilla ice cream. Slice fresh or frozen strawberries and sprinkle on top of the ice cream. Add whipped cream and chopped nuts if desired. Strawberry syrup will add an extra touch of sweetness to your berry desserts.
Children love Jell-O® jigglers as a summer time treat. When fresh berries are added they become popular among kids and adults. Prepare the Jell-O® jigglers according to the package directions. Before placing the Jell-O® in the refrigerator, stir in fresh or frozen berries. Allow the jigglers to solidify, then enjoy.
Fruit salads are a wonderful addition to a summertime lunch. Chop up a variety of berries and combine with whipped cream and marshmallows. If desired, add chopped nuts and maraschino cherries. Chill in the refrigerator for several hours before serving.
Berry desserts are most popular in the summer, due to the availability of fresh berries. You can enjoy them any time of the year, though, if you purchase the frozen versions. Defrost them in the refrigerator the evening before use. If defrosted too far in advance, the berries will become mushy.