Weekly Mix: Baking with Berries

As I was making that lovely Raspberry Almond Crumb Tart earlier this week, I began thinking about some of my favorite baking recipes that use berries. These days, berries are available pretty much year-round, but there’s just something about fresh local berries that is extra exciting. As we head into berry season, it seems like a good time to start thinking about what to bake with all the berries that will soon be on their way.

Blueberry Jamboree | Bake or Break

I’ll start with a sentimental favorite. My mother used to make a dessert called Blueberry Crunch, which is very similar to Magnolia Bakery’s Blueberry Jamboree. Sure, she used Cool Whip and canned pie filling, but it’s still the same idea. It’s a lovely layered dessert with a nutty crust, creamy filling, and a fresh blueberry topping. This is a favorite go-to dessert for me when it feels just too hot to bake.

Fresh Berry Tart | Bake or Break

Continuing with the cool dessert theme, this Fresh Berry Tart is a pretty perfect spring and summer dessert. It’s a tad more involved than most of the recipes I make, but you get the added bonus of a delicious pastry cream filling and an amazing sweet crust. This tart is so very adaptable, too. Use your favorite berry or a combination.

Raspberry Shortbread Fool | Bake or Break

I just recently made this Raspberry Shortbread Fool and was amazed by how very good and how unbelievably simple it is. I added a layer of shortbread underneath all of that raspberry and cream goodness, but you could just make the traditional fool and serve on its own.

Raspberry Pecan Blondies | Bake or Break

For something a little different, try these Raspberry Pecan Blondies. They’re packed with raspberries, pecans, and plenty of brown sugar. I frequently make bars with jams or preserves, but it’s not often that fresh berries make their way into this kind of recipe.

Strawberry Icebox Pie | Bake or Break

Not that long ago, I made this Strawberry Icebox Pie as a merging of three of my grandmother’s recipes. I knew it would be good, but I honestly didn’t expect it to be so good that I would find myself thinking about it so much and trying to justify just one. more. slice. I have a feeling that this pie will show up again in my kitchen this summer.

Simple Blueberry Cake | Bake or Break

Every baker needs a recipe like this Simple Blueberry Cake in their recipe box. You can have this cake mixed up and in the oven in short order. And, when it comes out of the oven, there’s no frosting or garnishing required. I really adore its rustic beauty.

Mixed Berry Cobbler | Bake or Break

I feel like I would be remiss in omitting this Mixed Berry Cobbler from this list. I love making cobblers. They just seem like one of the ultimate comfort foods to me. This one can be made with any kind or combination of berries.

Choosing a handful of recipes for these collections is always tough. It’s impossible not to leave out some really great recipes. If you’re a fan of berry recipes, be sure to follow my Baking with Berries Pinterest board for more ideas. And, stay tuned to BoB for more recipes as we head into berry season!

2 Comments

  1. Marcie May 10, 2013 Reply

    Looking at these recipes is making my mouth water. I just picked up 3 baskets of berries at the farmers market last night and can’t wait to utilize them in some baking! You’ve got quite a wonderful list going here! ūüėÉ

  2. Woah Jennifer- these are some AMAZING berry recipes. I especially love that berry tart and the blondies- gotta try those!

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