Berry Good Desserts

Here’s a few desserts that I enjoy making once the weather starts warming up. Nothing complicated here just simple and easy, quick to put together so you can enjoy the great weather.
This is equally as good with sliced strawberries so use whatever berries you like, just remember once it’s assembled it should be eaten right away.

Easy to put together with just a few store bought ingredients. I wanted to lighten mine up a bit so instead of using heavy whipped cream ( which would be amazing) I used Greek yogurt. Even the no fat version is so thick and creamy, I just love the stuff!
Take a store bought pie crust, roll it out, and with a 3 inch cookie cutter make as many rounds as you can. Place them on a baking sheet, prick them with a fork, and bake about 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees, times may vary, you just need them to be golden brown. This step could be done ahead of time and kept in the freezer until ready to use.
Next take your yogurt (or whipped cream) and fold in a dollop of good quality lemon curd, that’s really all there is to it, now just layer your stacks with the berries and lemon “cream”. Garnish with lemon zest and nuts if you like. How easy is that?

Light and refreshing, this little treat is made in minutes by warming up some orange marmalade, tossing in your berries, placing them in a pretty glass topped off with a dollup of yogurt and some toasted slivered almonds. You’ll love the combination of flavors!


BLUEBERRY TART, I’ve made this several times. I got this recipe 2 years ago from my friend Pat’s blog who got it right out of Women’s Day magazine. Pat also made this substituting the blueberries with strawberries, which I’ve yet to try, but soon will.
Don’t you think this would be a perfect ending to your Memorial Day barbecue?


INGREDIENTS:
1 cup plus 2 Tbl. flour
2/3 cup plus 2 Tbl. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut up
1 Tbl. white vinegar
5 cups blueberries
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp almond extract
Powdered sugar

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray a 9-in. square or round tart pan with a removable bottom with nonstick spray.
2. Pulse 1 cup flour, 2 Tbl. sugar and the salt in food processor until blended. Add butter; pulse until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle with vinegar; pulse until blended. Turn out dough and bring together with fingers.
3. Press dough into bottom of tart pan. Top with 3 cups berries. Mix remaining 2 Tbl. flour, 2/3 cup sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl. Evenly sprinkle over berries; drizzle with almond extract.
4. Bake tart 50 to 60 minutes until bubbly. Remove from oven and top with remaining 2 cups blueberries. Let cool in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature.
From Woman’s Day July 8, 2008

Note: I’m not plugging store bought pie crusts, but if you’re in a hurry or you don’t feel like making your own, it’s a great substitution and a nice convenience every now and then, and guess what, it still tastes every bit of delicious!

Buon Appetito!
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  1. The first dessert you shared looked delicious. I’ve never tried Trader Joe’s lemon curd. I will have to keep an eye out for it then next time I’m there.

  2. We speak the same language. I have been substituting Greek yoghurt for cream in everything these days with flavorful results. Love mixing it up with lemon curd. Then there’s the blueberry pie- worth a lot of happy sighs.

  3. My little Bella and I were just talking today about a visit to the berry farm for blueberries. I love summer desserts too. Thanks for sharing Marie!!!!!

    So.. lets talk a Temecula trip. Anytime!!!! We’re remodeling the house with the intent to turn the downstairs room into a guest room for two with a jacuzzi tub! Maybe not an Italian Villa.. but hey, I’m Italian and you and your hubby are Italian.. So it works! :) xoxo

  4. Marie, your desserts look amazing! I have to try all of them. It seems that once again we’re posting such similar things! I’m so happy you love lemon and berries too! Such pretty photos. Lemon curd and yogurt together…yum.

  5. Hello! Thanks you for this post about berries. I love them, and in particular I love bilberries (is that a right name), which are so easy to buy in my country, and are still cheap. Thanks for ideas and have a nice day tomorrow…

  6. It’s almost blueberry season in NJ!
    Your desserts are “berry” nice, like you!

  7. Where to start? I love the ease of that first dessert with the lemon curd. It looks delicious and like you fussed for hours. The second dessert is another great idea. orange marmalade? who’da thunk? And kudos to you and Pat for producing that gorgeous pie.

  8. Fage and I have been BFF lately. If I could I would eat it with a scoop of peanut butter for every meal!

    These desserts look delicious. I love how simple and colorful they are.

  9. Marie, this is just the type of dessert I would go for: creamy and with lots of berries and the lemon curd is always a great touch! do you ever go berry picking or cherry picking in your area?

  10. Simply beautiful.

    Greek yogurt is great! I’ve never actually had lemon curd before but it sounds like a great pairing to the blueberries.

  11. Everything looks delicious!

  12. These all look great. My daughter eats that Greek yogurt like it’s going out of style. I have to stock up on it all the time, because our store keeps selling out. I love fruit desserts, and you are right, that blueberry tart would be a perfect ending to a memorial day barbecue. Thanks!

  13. I love berries but I will always go back to the fact that blueberries are my favourite!

  14. These desserts are pure “sin”…and I want in. Really impressive they look incredibly delicious!

    I’m making Ice Cream this week and you have inspired me!

    Very nice!

  15. They all look great.

  16. So healthy! Blueberries, love them any which way!! So light and refreshing.

    :)

  17. I love blueberries and all these desserts are just so wicked!!

  18. Blueberries and lemons are such a great combo. And since I have blueberries and lemon curd, this is on the top of my list.

    beautiful little dessert!!!

  19. I will have to keep my eye out at TJs for that lemon curd. I love lemon curd.

    Another great idea for berry stacks is to use meringue discs, so you can go pavlova style. My mother used to do something like that with strawberries.

  20. Blueberry season is nearing and I am so excited to try out your desserts! You have the best ideas!

  21. Great deserts. i never used a 0% yogurt. Will give it a try though.

  22. I love the look of the first dessert ..it looks so elegant yet sounds so easy to make!

    Glad you are still enjoying the blueberry tart recipe, Marie! It is a favorite of ours!

  23. wonderful recipe…all great ingredients make a fab dessert! great photos as well!

  24. the first dessert makes me wanna go to an exotic island and stuff myself while relaxing on a beach. thats just me though lol!

    for all: please feel free to discuss all things Italian including desserts and food! @ http://bookcibo.ning.com/

    thanks!

  25. Love them all Marie. Love that they are easy!
    I’m a fan of store bought pie crusts.
    Great pics too.
    LL
    P.S. Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day weekend!

  26. Fresh berries should start showing up in our farmers market any day now. Love the lemon curd folded into yogurt. I think it would be wonderful on strawberries. A delicious post, Marie.

  27. I love lemon curd, and the idea of folding it into greek yogurt sounds great. Pairing it with the pie rounds and berries sounds just about perfect!

  28. I am drooling! My favorite desserts contain berries.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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