Make Memorial Day your favorite long weekend, with iconic summer desserts to accompany one of the first barbeques of the season. Desserts on this list range from the classic American Pie, and Rice Krispies Treats, to modern reinventions of classic desserts, like Strawberry Shortcake Lasagna. There’s something for everyone: from those who fancy indulging in traditional treats to commemorate the long weekend, to the health-conscious who are trying to cut down on their desserts this year. What are you waiting for? Find inspiration for your perfect menu of Memorial Day Desserts down below.
First on the list is none other than the perfect patriotic centerpiece for Memorial Day weekend – classic American pie. You’ll need a few simple ingredients – premade pie dough, blueberries, strawberries, lemon (with zest and juice), egg wash, and dry ingredients of cornstarch and sugar. After making the base, stars and stripes, and fillings, here’s where it gets interesting: you can use a strip of aluminum foil to create a small rectangle that will be placed at the upper left corner of the pan. The blueberry filling should be ladled into the foil-lined section, while strawberry filling goes into the rest of the pan. Afterward, take out the foil. Proceed to the next stages of assembly and baking!
Simple and understated, this dessert still manages to be an indulgent delight. The secret lies in being generous with your ingredients – butter, marshmallow, and even salt! Use a generous serving of butter while mixing to create a perfectly chewy Rice Krispy Treat. The same rule applies to your marshmallows – use twice as much to concoct a gooey dessert that pulls apart perfectly. Salt is an unexpected flavor that is essential for a good dessert – providing a good balance to the sweetness that can be found in your krispy treats. Don’t hesitate to add in a pinch!
Strawberry Shortcake Lasagna
If you’re looking for a cool treat to beat the summer heat, you can’t go wrong with this no-bake, easy to make strawberry shortcake. Beat vanilla, heavy cream, and powdered sugar together for a reliable whipped cream. Cover it with a wafer layer, then spread another layer of whipped cream on top of it. Repeat twice, then add a layer of fresh strawberries to top it all off. Once done, refrigerate overnight!
Healthy Dessert Alternatives: Fro-Yo Fruit Bites
If you love your desserts, but also want to pay greater attention to your diet this year, look no further for healthy alternatives! Though not as indulgent, they’re guaranteed to be equally satisfying. Not only do they taste good, they’re also incredibly easy to assemble! Combine Greek low-fat yogurt and the fruit of your choice in a bite-sized serving, then place in your freezer. One ready-made batch can supply your dessert cravings with ease!
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