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Best Berry Desserts

Fresh berries take centerstage in these delicious recipes.

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Fresh berries are the hallmark of summer. From crisps and shortcakes to pies and more, here are 10 delicious dessert recipes to help you make the most of the season's berry bounty. And berries contain cancer-fighting antioxidants, and tons of vitamins — so you can enjoy these desserts guilt-free!

1. Individual Raspberry Tarts

Raspberry Tarts
This delicious dessert is great for entertaining, because there is not cutting and serving involved, and guests can serve themselves from a buffet. There is also a variation made with fresh peaches. You could make both types for a party, they'd look wonderful served together.

2. Blueberry-Peach Crisp

Blueberry-Peach Crisp
This version of a truly American dessert consists of ripe, juicy fruit and a crunchy sweet topping. The dessert takes it name for the crumbly mixture that bakes over the fruit into a crisp topping. To my mind, few things are as wonderful to eat than this blueberry peach crisp warm and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and I think you'll agree.

3. Blueberry Crumb Pie

Fresh Blueberries
Nothing says summer more than a fresh blueberry pie. The cornmeal gives the crumb topping a slight crunch and whole-grain flavor. The topping may seem soggy when the pie is warm, but as it cools it becomes firm.

4. Blueberry-Lemon Shortcakes

While some cooks like to spoon berries over pound cake, sponge cake, and even angel food cake, my idea of a shortcake definitely involves a biscuit with juicy fruit to ladle over it. These shortcakes are made with cornmeal, which gives them some extra flavor and texture.

5. Mixed Berry Buckle

You can make this traditional crumb-topped berry buckle cake with any type of berries. It is called a buckle because the cake is said to buckle as it bakes.

6. Strawberry Rice Pudding

Fresh Strawberries
This is the quintessential rice pudding - gently cooked on the top of the stove, not baked. Swirled with a fresh strawberry puree and then topped with more fresh strawberries, it's creamy, rich-tasting, and amazingly easy to make.

7. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
The sweetness of strawberries and the tartness of rhubarb are perfectly balanced in this delicious pie. It's best made in spring/early summer when rhubarb is abundant and strawberries are at their peak.

8. Rasberry-Blueberry Tart

This luscious tart has a filling made with cooked blueberries and a topping of fresh blueberries and raspberries.

9. Chocolate-Strawberry Shortcakes

A treat for the confirmed chocolate lover, this shortcake is a memorable pairing of chocolate, and fresh strawberries. It’s topped with additional chocolate in the form of chocolate whipped topping. It could also be made with fresh raspberries.

10. Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake
No one will be able to resist the appeal of this rich creamy cheesecake topped with fresh, juice strawberries. Don't despair if the cheesecake cracks while baking (as cheesecakes often do) the berry topping will make it look simply mouth-watering.
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