Fruit

5 Fruit-Filled Summer Breakfast Casseroles — Recipes from The Kitchn

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If you're someone who prefers a morning meal that's sweet and fruity, these breakfast casseroles are for you. With inspiration pulled from classics like blueberry pancakes, French toast, and a sweet variation on strata, these breakfast bakes will satisfy your sweet tooth with extra help from all the seasonal fruit at your fingertips. And as casseroles should be, this selection is ideal for feeding a crowd and can be made ahead. Just don't forget the maple syrup!

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Recipe: Towering Strawberry Shortcake — Stylish Layer Cakes from Tessa Huff

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Strawberry shortcake is the ambassador of summer, showing off juicy berries like jewels. It's usually a humble dessert built on a biscuit, but here we turn it into a towering showstopper of cake, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. Yet it brings drama without fuss; this is layer cake the easy way.

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3 Signs It’s Time to Toss Your Dates — Ingredient Intelligence

In addition to their irresistibly sweet flavor and versatility, dates, when stored properly, have a seriously lengthy shelf life. Even when they lose moisture and harden, there's still a way to revive that tender bite. But that doesn't mean they last forever. Dates can, and do, go bad.

Here are the three telltale signs those sweet dates have taken a turn for the worse.

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Recipe: The Ultimate Fresh Blueberry Cobbler — Easy Dessert Recipes

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I grew up close enough to Maine to know that summer wasn't summer unless there were heaps of blueberries involved. That meant not only spending at least a few Saturdays at U-pick farms, but also drives up the coast that involved stopping on the side of the road whenever we saw a glimmer of wild berries. Blueberry muffins, pies, and cobblers were soon to follow. I still can't go a summer without churning these three things out of my kitchen.

This is the cobbler I am making this year. It's the ultimate because it's exactly what a good blueberry cobbler should be: It's sweet and juicy, bound to stain your teeth a little, and just asking for the biggest scoop of vanilla ice cream. It's also got a tiny secret that makes it the "blueberriest" of blueberry cobblers — and it's not just adding more blueberries.

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Why You Should Save Your Strawberry Tops (& What to Do With Them) — Strawberry Season

If you're like me, prepping strawberries is something you do on autopilot — washing the berries, slicing off then tossing the tops in the trash, and diving into your bounty of juicy berries without another thought. It's time to revise this plan with one major change: Stop being so quick to throw out those strawberry tops. They still have plenty of life left in them!

Here's why it's worth saving them and the sweetest ways to put them to work.

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Recipe: Flag Cake — Easy Dessert Recipes

One of my favorite annual traditions is making this super-simple flag cake with my daughter. Yes, turning a cake into an American flag is somewhat cliché, but if you consider this the best way to dress up berry shortcake then it's as fun to make as it is to share.

This charming, whipped cream-frosted cake has a colorful surprise inside. It's what makes this vanilla-cake-meets-berry-shortcake recipe stand out from the rest.

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