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Not the prettiest berries...

I was given some AMAZING fresh berries (black, blue, and raspberries), and have been feasting on them all week. I was given wayyyyy to many though, and now I have guests coming over tonight so I figured they could help me to finish them off. They have gotten a little old looking, but if anything taste better then they did before. I already have my main courses set, so I am looking for a dessert that will highlight the berry flavor flavor but hide the fact that they may look a little old. Maybe some sort of light creme? Any suggestions or recipes would be great.

p.s. the dessert doesn't need to contain all three, there is no way I will finish any of them so i already plan on making preserves with the extra.

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  1. I think I would toss them with some sugar and creme de cassis or framboise, or maybe just sugar, and a tiny pinch of salt, and then top them with some lightly sweetened fresh whipped cream, like you were thinking.

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    1. re: inaplasticcup

      That's my fallback plan, I was wondering if there is any more interesting/exotic recipes though? I know me and my friends will enjoy berries topped with cream, but we have already had that many times.

      1. re: NateStraus

        Howzabout cobbler with a crumble incorporating an unusual element like amaretti cookies, ginger snaps, or meringues?

    2. You could do a granita, pretty easy in the freezer - a little booze helps it from getting to solid and grainy. Maybe a raspberry with Grand Marnier?

      Maybe a blueberry and black pepper sauce over angel food cake?

      Or do little pot de creme with berries in the bottom (chocolate and raspberry, lemon and blueberry, orange blackberry).

      Sounds like a fun problem!

      1. Ice cream

        Or get creative and roll out a large flour tortilla, spread a row of berries in the middle, drizzle with some custard and chocolate, roll them up, and fry them so that they are just crisp on the outside with a nice light brown hue. And, voila, berry dessert rolls. Or fruity cannelloni?

          1. Well, you could go all out and actually make one of the least-pretty (but SO delicious) berry desserts ever: Berry brown sugar gratin


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            1. re: 4Snisl

              I want to eat that right now! And so simple, I love her site I can't believe I never noticed that recipe.

              1. re: 4Snisl

                i've made this it's very good.

                this too:


                both work with any kind of berry or mix.

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  I think I could inhale some of that cake. :)

              2. Clafoutis, crisp, cobbler (as mentioned already), pie or galette. Actually, a galette would probably be my first pick.

                ETA: Warm bread pudding with creme anglaise would be divine (depending on the weather where you are, of course).

                1. Report back if you have time, Nate!

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                  1. re: inaplasticcup

                    Sorry it took so long for me too, I completely forgot. I made Maybe a blueberry and black pepper sauce on angel food cake, I had never heard of it and it was absolutely amazing. I made blackberry ice cream with the blackberries, and put that in the freezer (good, but I probably could have bought much better at the store). As for the raspberries....I ate all of them before I had a chance to do anything :)
                    Next time I am definitely going to do a blueberry bread pudding, and I am split between raspberry gratin and buttermilk cake so...I guess I will just have to do both.

                    Thanks so much for all the awesome tips guys! My friend brings me loads of berries all summer long so I am sure I will get around to trying most of the recipes you all posted

                    1. re: NateStraus

                      Thanks for the update! Everything you made sounds so very perfect for the season. And raspberry buttermilk cake - I think I read about that in another thread and drooled to myself a little...

                  2. I made a delicious blueberry bread pudding last weekend. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all. If you would like the recipe, I can give it to you.

                    1. This summer berry pudding from Ina Garten is beautiful and perfect for less than beautiful fruit - I keep meaning to make it but I haven't gotten around to it.