Red, White and Blue Desserts for Patriotic Entertaining

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This Memorial Day weekend, show your patriotism with a red, white and blue dessert. It’s the perfect way to end a backyard gathering with family and friends. No one will be able to resist a dessert that symbolizes the holiday.

Food Network has 8 recipes that will make your Memorial Day entertaining memorable and easy above all else. Many of these recipes only require a little bit of effort to create a grand-looking dessert. But the most important feature of all these recipes is that they display the nation’s colors. There’s even a Flag Cake if you want to be extra patriotic!

These mini bread puddings from Tyler Florence turn a pretty shade of crimson from the berries tossed in the custard mixture. Top with runny lemon fondant.

Giada De Laurentiis has a refreshing summer dessert in store with red, white and blue colors. Simply serve bowls of mixed berries with a drizzling of grapefruit zabaglione for the perfect end to any meal.

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If you’re in a hurry to create a dessert for your holiday get-together, try Rachael Ray’s 10-minute tart. It uses a prepared graham cracker crust, jarred berry preserves and vanilla pudding mix. Top with a colorful array of fresh berries.

Napoleons don’t have to be difficult to make if you use Robin Miller’s recipe. Baked wonton wrappers take the place of pastry. All you do is stack them in layers with whipped cream and mixed berries.

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Brian Kennedy , 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Pies are even more fun when everyone gets an individual-sized one. This recipe from Sandra Lee calls for cherry pie filling, making it easy to prepare this dessert when fresh cherries aren’t always available.

Show off to friends and family with this impressive and patriotic flag cake from Ina Garten. The cake is extra moist from the addition of sour cream and the topping is a rich cream cheese frosting. Decorate with raspberries and blueberries to create the flag design.

These shortcakes are easy to make when you use refrigerated biscuits. Fill each split biscuit with the macerated fruit and whipped cream.

The best thing about a trifle is how impressive it looks for the little effort it took to make. All you need to do for this recipe is cook a simple berry sauce and make a cream cheese filling. Let the supermarket take care of the cake, in this case angel food cake. Then it’s just a matter of assembly.

For more recipe ideas for this holiday weekend, visit Food Network’s Memorial Day page.

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