Wild About Berries; Wild Berry Parfaits

Easy Desserts

I love fresh berries. They are bursting with flavor and they are really good for you! As most of you know wild berries are smaller than the berries you can buy in the store, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them as an addition to a recipe that calls for store-bought berries. Wild berries are just as tasty or even more flavorful than store-bought berries. I add them to all my recipes when they are in season. Going out to pick them is a different story…they usually don’t even make into the house because I’ve eaten them all!

Here my daughter and I are make some very easy berry treats.

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The easy treats are sometimes the best! I say, less stress is always the best.

If you have the time, which I don’t, please make your own pudding! It will go from great to fabulous. If we are going to get fat let’s do it right!

This recipe can be changed to add your own ideas. As always, I love to hear how you made it your own!  Be creative.

Easy Berry Parfaits

4  tall glasses

4 cups crushed cookies or cake pieces (ginger, animal crackers, angel food cake, pound cake)

4 cups pudding (any flavor)

1 1/2 cups fresh-cut pineapple

2 cups fresh whole berries (wild or not)

Whipped cream

Start with cookies or cake and layer the bottom or each glass. Next, top the cookies with pudding. Then add the pineapple and berries.  Add more pudding, cookies and fruit until you have reached the top of the glass. Refrigerate for up to 4 hours and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Home-made Fresh Berry Soda

4 wine glasses

2 cups of fresh and wild berries

1/2 cup sugar

4 cups of club soda

Ice cubes

1 cup of simple syrup (recipe at the bottom of page)

Smash berries in a bowl and sprinkle the sugar over the top of the berries to help them release their juice. Let them rest for 20-30 minutes. Press the berries through a fine messed sieve.

Pour ice and club soda into each glass. Pour in 1/4 cup of simple syrup into each glass. Spoon in berry juice and stir gently. Serve immediately.

Simple Syrup

Combined 1 cup water 1 cup sugar in a sauce pan. Cook until sugar is dissolved. cool.

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