This weekend, berries and cream pave the way for some of our favorite Memorial Day desserts, giving them a red, white and blue flair that screams backyard barbecue. Pick from our lineup of patriotic treats — or go ahead and make them all if you’re hosting a crowd.
With its union of strawberries and cream, Ina Garten’s Strawberry Country Cake (pictured above) deserves to be put on a pedestal. Ina makes her whipped cream fresh, then smears it over cake and layers on fresh strawberries. The exposed look lets your guests see every component of the cake before diving in themselves.
After you’ve loaded up on other backyard barbecue fare, slice into a Cheesecake Tart with Berries. Its creamy, tangy filling is the perfect foundation for fresh berries atop a nutty pecan crust.
Celebrate the dawn of strawberry season with Classic Strawberry Shortcake, featuring a light, airy biscuit that doesn’t rank high in sweetness for the better. Before baking, add chopped crystalized ginger for an extra kick. Or, if dessert isn’t dessert without chocolate, Food Network Magazine’s recipe for Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes has your back.
Especially when arranged in the right dish, Sunny Anderson’s Patriotic Berry Trifle is a sure standout on your cookout buffet. Before ladling all of that berries-and-cream goodness onto your dessert plate, take in every layer of this red, white and blue confection with your eyes.