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Red, White and Blue Desserts for Your Fourth of July Celebration

Red white and blue tart

Red white and blue tart

Barbecue masters across America will be cooking a variety of delicious foods this Independence Day and one of the tastiest parts of the festivities are the gorgeous Red, White and Blue cakes, pies and goodies on the dessert table.

When time is on a short string and creating a stunning dessert is on the list, shortcuts are a blessing. This delightful tart from Recipes.com will be a beautiful addition to any Fourth of July gathering. Pre-made refrigerated sugar cookie dough is used for both the crust and cut-outs freeing up a huge block of time. The filling takes a few minutes to put together and in under an hour you have a tart that will wow friends and fam. Shopping List: Refrigerated sugar cookie dough, course sugar, sour cream, sweetened condensed milk, lemon or lime peel, and your choice of berries. Full recipe and method here.

If heat in the kitchen is an issue and you simply don’t wish to turn on the oven, cooking dessert on the grill is an excellent way to keep the house cool. Take advantage of your warm grates and create a few Red, White and Blue Quesadillas. The ingredients list calls for blueberries and raspberries and if you have strawberries available, slice them up and toss them on as well.

Red, White and Blue Dessert Quesadilla

  • Difficulty: Very Simple
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Red, White and Blue Dessert Quesadilla

Red, White & Blue QuesadillaIngredients

  • 4 Flour Tortillas
    1 Cup of white chocolate morsels
    1 Cup of fresh raspberries
    1 Cup of fresh blueberries
    8 ounces Ricotta cheese
    1/2 Cup Confectioners sugar
    Vanilla

Making the Filling

8 ounce container whole ricotta cheese
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 tsp vanilla

Whirl in a food processor. This makes the filling for two quesadillas.

Making The Quesadilla

Spread 1/3 of the filling on one tortilla (this is the bottom).
Sprinkle semi-sweet morsels.
Place 2nd tortilla on top.
Spread light film of filling.
Decorate top with raspberries and blueberries.
Add a few more white chocolate morsels.

Grilling the Quesadilla

Medium Heat 400 F

  • Use a grilling spray or wipe the raised rails with oil.
    Slide the Quesadilla off the cutting board onto the GrillGrates. Close lid.
    Check in 3-4 minutes by slightly lifting an edge to see the sear marks.
    Quarter turn if dark searing or wait and quarter turn in 1-2 minutes. Close lid.
    Use The GrateTool to check for firmness of quesadilla. Crispy, firm is perfection.
    Determine whether to give it a couple of more minutes or off it comes onto the cutting board.
    Let stand for 2 minutes.
    Cut and Serve.

Recipe courtesy GrillGate Watch the step by step creation here

Raspberry Delights and a Boozy Sorbet

Traditionally raspberries were a mid-summer fruit, but with today’s growing technology they are attainable all year round.  So whipping up tasty summer-like treats during all four seasons simply takes a trip to your local farmers’ market when they are in season and a trip to your local grocer when they are not.

Pie Crazy-Red Raspberry Pie Filling

Pie Crazy-Red Raspberry Pie Filling

Pie Crazy-Red Raspberry Pie Filling by The Joy of Caking.  I am a baking fanatic and when holidays roll around, I fill the dessert table.  When hot weather hits, and 4th of July Celebrations are in full swing, pies fill my oven.

This recipe creates a gorgeous pie filling, the ingredients are basic so if you are looking to add a flavor of your choice, there is room to do so.  Shopping list; Corn starch, all-purpose flour, salt, granulated sugar, frozen or fresh raspberries and butter or margarine.  Full recipe and method

Raspberry Sauce

Raspberry Sauce

Raspberry Sauce by Home Cooking in Montana.  Cold vanilla ice cream and warm raspberry sauce are a delectable combination for a warm summer evening. It is a fav of mine and a small outdoor fire while the grill is cooling is a great way to relax and enjoy dessert.  Like the above recipe, this is basic and leaves a bit of wiggle room for the addition of flavors you adore.  Shopping list; Raspberries, sugar and lemon juice.  Full recipe and method

Raspberry Cabernet Sorbet

Raspberry Cabernet Sorbet

Raspberry Cabernet Sorbet by Cheese Please.  Any dessert with a bit of booze is a welcome addition to the after dinner menu.  Your guests will adore such a delightful frozen treat and this is simple and quick to whip up.  Sit down with your guests and enjoy! Shopping list;  Raspberries, non-fat plain yogurt, sugar and cabernet sauvignon.  Full recipe and method.