What is red, white, and blue? Photo by Claire Lower
Although it isn't a secret that my American heritage isn't something I take pride in, I'm a food writer who lives in the United States. This means that certain editorial decisions are influenced greatly by American holidays. (That's capitalism, baby. This Sunday is Independence Day. It's a day that's often marked with flag cakes and other red, white and blue desserts.
Although I'm not going to be turning on the oven for July 4, my hardened heart can still appreciate a themed dessert. Two of my favourite fruits, cherries and blueberries, fit the holiday theme. You can make it a deconstructed flag dessert or even a full-flag cake by adding white whipped cream.
This treat has a simple format: Layer cherry pie pieces with blueberries and whipped cream in a glass. Then, eat it with your spoon. If you want to change it up, you can use fresh cherries and blueberry pie. You can use a pre-made pie, but homemade pie is just too fragile to be crumbled.
You can whip the whipped cream fresh or from a container. Or you can go all American and get a tub Cool Whip. You can make a cherry pie filling with cookies and use it instead of a full-sized pie. You can use cherry pie filling and cookies instead of a full pie. This dessert is meant to be easy and freeing. It's perfect for those who forget they have a long weekend ahead of them (me), and those who don't like baking (also me). Because it is pie, blueberries and whipped cream, people will love it.
You can also give your guests credit by setting out a bowl, canister, or whipped cream so they may add as much as they like. Every component of the dessert is crucial, but the whipped topping might be the most important.