Nothing screams “COOKOUT!” like the Fourth. Something about sitting around a picnic table or beachside with the fam and sharing summer favourites like sizzling steak, juicy corn-on-the-cob, bigger than Texas burgers, followed up by some sort of berry or cherry dessert just makes the day seem more festive. While the typical American colours of red, white and blue abound in tablecloths, paper utensils and decorations, it’s possible to find these shades in delicious, seasonal, natural foods as well (no food colouring necessary guys!) Show some patriotism and get busy with 4 x red, white and blue desserts, including one with an Aussie touch – Curtis’ pavlova topped with cream and showered with summer strawberries.
There is friendly debate between Australia and New Zealand over who invented the “pav” (ahem, Australia, of course!) Whatever the case, we’re happy to lend this billowy meringue with its marshmallowy centre and crisp, delicate crust to our Stateside friends for the 4th of July celebrations and beyond! There are no hard and fast rules as to how you should top your pav. We are coming to the end of the rhubarb season so if you can’t find it, feel free to top with any fresh fruits you like. You could even tinker with the whipped cream by adding fresh raspberries – see Curtis’ Raspberry Whipped Cream.
Packed with fibre, antioxidants and inherent sweetness, summer berries come in a variety of Fourth-friendly hues (think blueberries, raspberries and blackberries) and act as a delicious topper for everything from pancakes to cupcakes, and also combine perfectly in a blender to make a deep red-purple sauce for French Toast. Enjoy for brunch or dessert!
The ultimate contrast of temperatures – frozen berries (we suggest buying fresh berries and freezing them yourself for the most delicious result) and velvety hot white chocolate sauce, that has been melted over the stovetop. The sauce can be made ahead of time and the berries are frozen ahead too, so if you hardly want to lift a finger over the weekend, you don’t have to! Sometimes all you want after a big cookout, is a little plate of chocolatey berries.
Bonus patriotism points for this New York cheesecake! Fresh summer cherries are ideal spooned over it. Don’t bother to cook the cherries, just macerate them with lemon juice and sugar to draw out the juices.
Flying the red, white and blue food flag this weekend? Let us know what you’re up to in the kitchen in a comment below!