Better with Blackberries
Enjoy the tart and sweet goodness of blackberries all summer long. Our collection of recipes includes drinks, desserts, and sauces that will revolutionize your summer menu.
First up is the Blackberry Curd Tart. This lemony blackberry curd is a Test Kitchen favorite. The meringue is worth every step, and you can make the curd a day ahead for convenience.
Fresh Blackberry Granita with Lemon Syrup
Make the lemon syrup while the granita freezes, and refrigerate; strain before serving. Top with extra berries, if desired.
Combine ripe blackberries, simple syrup, Grand Marnier, and fresh lime juice for a perfectly puckering and sweet margarita. Carefully strain out berry seeds to enjoy the incredible color and flavor. Your guests will toast you for this one.
Lattice-Topped Blackberry Cobbler
Using whole almonds in the topping gives it a little color from the skins, but substituting sliced or slivered almonds will work in this sweet cobbler recipe, as well.
Greek Yogurt with Warm Black and Blueberry Sauce
When making this dish in the summer, substitute fresh berries for frozen. This sauce also pairs well with biscuits or as a stand-in for syrup on pancakes.
Almond-Buttermilk Hotcakes with Blackberry-Grape Sauce
The blackberry-grape sauce drizzled on these hotcakes offers sources of antioxidants that may protect against cancer and improve mental function. This is the way breakfast should be—sweet and healthy.
Berry and Banana Smoothies
Keep sliced peeled banana in your freezer to make smoothie prep quick and easy. A 1-cup serving makes a great afternoon snack or a healthy breakfast addition.
Grilled Pork with Blackberry-Sage Sauce
For this dish, if your blackberries are particularly sweet or tart, adjust the amount of sugar in the sauce accordingly by 1/2 teaspoon or so to find the right balance.
Blackberry Merlot Granita
Few things top tasting a ripe, juicy blackberry in the height of summer. This granita grants you two uses: the cooked berry juices that flavor the icy granita and strained berries that can be served with angel food cake or ice cream another day.
This summer cooler is great to bring along on a picnic or to serve at a backyard party. Pour over ice, if desired.
Frozen Blackberry-Lemon Chiffon Pie
Fresh seasonal berries lend both vibrant color and taste to this pie, but frozen berries will work, as well.
Sour Cream Panna Cotta with Blackberry-Zinfandel Compote
Blackberry-Mango Breakfast Shake
Sneak silken tofu into a sweet-tart breakfast smoothie. Combined with fiber-rich berries, this is a great way to get extra protein and fiber past pickier palates.
Lemony Blackberry-Vodka Gelées
Timing is important here, as you want to get the drama of two separate layers with gradation between. Let the first layer set partially but not completely—if you add the blackberry layer too soon, it will muddle your color; a bit too late, and it will slide right off the bottom layer.
Blueberry and Blackberry Galette with Cornmeal Crust
This galette makes the perfect ending to any Independence Day menu. The rich, buttery pastry dough is easy and forgiving. Simply roll it out onto parchment paper with a lightly floured rolling pin, and then use the parchment to transfer it to a baking sheet. If you're lucky enough to find wild blueberries, use them in this rustic summer tart.
Duck Breasts with Blackberry-Port Sauce
Luscious, lean duck breasts make for a sophisticated but easy main dish where the blackberry sauce provides a fruity counter-point to the duck's meatiness. For a light dinner, serve over a bed of lettuce with a piece of crusty bread.
Variation 1: Blackberry Swirl Ice Cream
A cup of blackberries and some fresh lemon juice give our vanilla ice cream a fruity tang.
Rustic Huckleberry-Blackberry Tart
If you can't find huckleberries, use blueberries.
Blackberry-Peach Smoothie with Walnuts
This smoothie is rich in antioxidants and fiber from berries, potassium from peaches, omega-3 fatty acids from walnuts, vitamin C from orange juice, and soy isoflavones from tofu. Use calcium-fortified orange juice for added nutrition.
Whole-Grain Blackberry Spice Muffins
Coarsely chop frozen blackberries, and place them back in the freezer until ready to stir into the batter. To freeze muffins, let cool completely, and place in zip-top plastic bags. Reheat in microwave 20 seconds.
The key to tender low-fat shortcakes is to not overwork the dough; so pat it out instead of rolling it. A portion of the blueberries is cooked with sugar and cornstarch to form a blueberry glaze that binds the filling. This dessert is best with fresh berries.