Jul 2nd, 2011
Berry Fruit Cups
- 1/2 pound large strawberries, washed and cored
- 1/4 pound washed blueberries
- whipped cream (store-bought or homemade
- Toast the bread as desired.
- Mix 1/4 tsp of vanilla into ricotta
- Spread a layer of the ricotta mixture on the bread.
- Meanwhile microwave mixed berries with a splash of orange juice for 30-45 seconds. You can use fresh or frozen berries.
- Pour the sauce on top of the ricotta and then add the excess berries.
Wash, hull, and core strawberries (a melon scoop works nicely). Make sure to find large strawberries to use to make it easier.
Fill each strawberry with whipped cream
Top with washed blueberries and serve immediately.
Tip: These are best served right away since the whipped cream will melt. If making for later, prepare fruit and then fill with whipped cream just before serving. You can try refrigerating these for a short time before serving to keep cool too.
Watermelon Stars on a Stick
Not that these need much instruction but just in case…
Star-shaped cookie cutter
Use a cookie cutter to cut juicy star shapes from 1-inch-thick slices of seedless watermelon.
Insert a Popsicle stick into each star, then set the pops on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
Cover the stars with another sheet of foil and freeze for 1 hour or until firm.
12 ounces white chocolate chips
Blue sugar or edible glitter
Melt 12 ounces of white chocolate chips in a microwave according to the package directions (make sure the container and the berries are dry; even a little moisture will alter the texture of the candy).
One at a time, dip strawberries into the chocolate and then into blue sugar or edible glitter.
Set them to harden on waxed paper.
Makes 35 to 45 decorated berries.
*Personal Favorite -LOVE, LOVE the ricotta*
Fresh or Frozen Mixed Berries (any combination of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries will do)
The kids will want to help with this one. Trust me. Just watch them with the skewers. No one wants to spend the holiday in the emergency room. Save the accidents for the sparklers later in the evening.
Wooden skewers – 7 or 8 for each flag
Strawberries – about 10 small strawberries for each flag
Blueberries – about 20 for each flag
Bananas – 2 medium bananas for each flag
Lemon juice (add to banana slices to prevent browning)
1. Begin by creating the stars by threading about 5 blueberries onto a skewer. Slide the blueberries to the (non-pointy) end of the skewer. Repeat this for three more skewers.
2. Take each blueberry skewer and create four ‘stripes’ by adding one banana slice (lengthwise), one strawberry slice, one banana, and one strawberry. Repeat for each of the four blueberry skewers.
3. Create three more skewers of stripes by adding a strawberry first, then alternating bananas and strawberries until you have seven stripes total.
On a plate, arrange the skewers to create the flag. And there you have it.
*Have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!*
Written by Lea Barlow • 1 Comment