One of our favorites things about summer is the wealth of fresh berries. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and more—we’ve rounded up of our favorite fresh berry recipes.
Fresh, juicy strawberries are a treasure. Sprinkle them with sugar to macerate them and you have a wonderful topping for shortcake. Or freeze them into strawberry and cream ice pops. Strawberry mousse is light, airy, and a gorgeous shade of pink. For something more savory, try focaccia with strawberries and onions caramelized with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. In the mood for a cocktail? Try the rossini, a variation on the bellini with strawberries and prosecco.
If you get your fill of strawberries, let’s move on to blueberries. Mixed with nectarines, shiso leaves, and sesame oil, they make a sweet-savory salad. Or make them into a crisp (which is also delicious with peaches or plums). The sweetness of ripe blueberries highlights the floral character of poppy seeds in our blueberry poppy seed squares.
We love raspberries. A simple combination of raspberries, cream, and sugar makes for a lovely brûlée (and a fun excuse to break out the kitchen torch). For an especially elegant dessert, try setting raspberries in a pink champagne gelée. For an unusual dessert, pair black raspberries with sweet corn to make a sophisticated ice cream.
Don’t forget blackberries. Their sweet-tart flavor is
great in a pie, accented by lemon and nutmeg.
Find all these dishes and more in our collection of our favorite summer berry recipes.
Inspired by his neighbor Olivia Pattison’s recipe, chef Chris Fischer uses tapioca in the filling of this pie because it thickens the juicy berry mixture without imparting its own flavor or becoming gummy. Minute tapioca pearls are easy to find in grocery stores, but if you like, substitute an equal amount of cornstarch.
Get the recipe for Black and Blue Berry Pie »
This sweet pudding-like dessert from
Sickles Market in Little Silver, New Jersey, gained popularity in the United Kingdom during the 17th century. You can discard the solids after straining the berries, but we love eating them on top of it along with freshly whipped cream.
A thick, jammy layer of blueberries tops dense, buttery cake. Slightly sweet and dramatic, this is best made with the ripest in-season blueberries. All it needs is a dollop of whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg.
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This recipe is from Waylynn Lucas’ Los Angeles-based baked donut shop called Fōnuts.
Get the recipe for Strawberry-Buttermilk Fōnuts »
Fresh blueberries bolstered by jam make these donuts especially flavorful.
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This pretty pink strawberry dessert should be chilled before enjoying—make it a day ahead and freeze for an especially refreshing treat.
Get the recipe for Strawberry Mousse »
A childhood breakfast treat gets an upgrade with strawberry jam and tangy goat cheese.
Get the recipe for Goat Cheese and Strawberry Breakfast Tarts »
In Finland, wild summer berries are frozen for use in winter’s mustikkakeitto, a warm, silky blueberry potage packed with vitamin C.
A luscious take on the bellini, the Rossini swaps strawberries in for white peaches and prosecco in for champagne.
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Fresh blueberries give a delightful twist to this margarita.
The sweetness of berries plays off tart rhubarb in this lightly-spiced compote, which is great over Greek yogurt.
A sticky biscuit dough is dropped onto blueberries in this classic New England dessert, which is called a “slump,” “grunt,” or “cobbler,” depending on who you’re asking.
As a kid, I wasn’t really into cooking or baking, preferring instead to be outside playing soccer. The one thing that I did enjoy helping my mom make, however, was her strawberry bread: packed with fresh strawberries, I loved to eat it hot out of the oven slathered in butter. It’s so fast and easy, I make it all the time now, with whatever fresh or frozen fruits I have lying around.
—Farideh Sadeghin, test kitchen director Get the recipe for Strawberry Loaf Bread »
Blackberries or raspberries can be substituted for boysenberries in the filling for this jammy pie.
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Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are brightened with lemon juice and zest to make the filling for this juicy pie.
Get the recipe for Razzleberry Pie »
Berries are transformed into a thick, silky pudding in this simple Danish dish.
Get the recipe for Danish Red Berry Pudding with Cream (Rødgrød med Fløde) »
Bright shiso leaves and a touch of earthy sesame oil enhance this stone fruit and berry salad.
Get the recipe for Blueberry, Nectarine and Shiso Salad »
Sour cream gives this ice cream a tang that’s balanced by a rich rum, strawberry, and brown sugar swirl.
Get the recipe for Sour Cream Ice Cream with Strawberries and Brown Sugar »
A twist on the British classic, this summer cooler takes on spicy, herbal notes from Kaffir lime leaves, while strawberries lend sweet balance to the pleasingly bitter liqueur.
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The addition of Sichuan peppercorns, ginger, and red chile flakes adds complexity and polish to this versatile syrup.
Get the recipe for Chile-Spiced Strawberry Syrup »
A sweet-sour syrup dresses this mixed berry salad.
The floral character of poppy seeds shines when paired with blueberries in this rich dessert.
Get the recipe for Blueberry-Poppy Seed Squares (Borůvkový Koláč) »
We recommend using any fruit that’s in season for this sweet, vibrantly-colored, non-traditional horchata—the riper and juicier the better.
Fresh strawberries turn ordinary pancakes into something scrumptious; wild blueberries, or any other kind of berry, make an excellent substitute.
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If you are lucky enough to find yourself with an overabundance of blueberries, this easy-to-make crisp is a delicious way to prepare them. It can also be made with peaches, plums, or other summer berries.
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Making one generous biscuit instead of individual shortcakes lends this classic dessert a grand presentation.
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The blackberry filling for this pie is flavored with lemon and nutmeg.
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This simple raspberry dish can also be made with tayberries or blackberries.
This dessert can be made with either fresh or frozen huckleberries or blueberries.
A cousin of the cobbler, this dessert is served at the Four Swallows restaurant on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
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Pepper, cloves and cinnamon give the bright strawberry sauce in this dessert a spicy kick, offsetting the rich creaminess of sweet cheese.
Get the recipe for Coeur à la Crème with Caramelized Strawberries »
In this classic Swiss dessert, gelatin is used in a creamy custard that’s set between two layers of tart raspberry and strawberry cream.
The flavor of ripe summer strawberries is front and center in these creamy treats, which are brightened with just a touch of fresh lemon juice.
Get the recipe for Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops (Paletas de Fresas y Crema) »
These simple gelled fruit desserts made with rosé champagne are an elegant way to serve summer berries.
Get the Raspberries in Pink Champagne Gelée »
The New York City-based chef Pichet Ong uses gelatin and citrus juice to coat strawberries in a sweet sauce before plating them with cubes of coconut-flavored gelatin.
Get the recipe for Coconut Gelatin with Glazed Strawberries »
These waffle cones are filled with a mixture of sweetened farmer’s cheese and fresh berries.
Get the recipe for Waffle Cones Filled With Sweet Cheese and Berries (Pilditas Vafeles) »
White whiskey takes the place of bourbon in this summery interpretation of a julep.
Get the recipe for Strawberry Moonshine Julep »
This boldly flavored bread is a great use for not-too-sweet strawberries, which caramelize and intensify in flavor while cooking. The onion and balsamic vinegar add a welcome tartness.
Get the recipe for Strawberry Focaccia with Maple-Balsamic Onions »
In this pie, orange zest nicely offsets the sweetness of fresh strawberries.
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Strawberries macerated with gin, lime zest, and cardamom make an unexpected compote.
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This recipe for pavlova makes a summery, bright, airy dessert.
This recipe combines the silky flavor of corn with the tartness of black raspberries.