The Fourth of July is one of those holidays that just about everyone likes. Who wouldn't enjoy a holiday chiefly devoted to cooking out, picnicking, barbecuing, and watching fireworks? Serving up a special treat makes the holiday even more fun. Here are some ideas.
Flag trifle: We are all familiar with Flag Cake, but if turning on the oven to bake in the summer heat isn't your thing, try a trifle. Layer blueberries and/or blackberries and raspberries or strawberries with cubed pound cake or angel food cake, vanilla pudding and whipped cream in a glass bowl. Start with pound cake, then a thin layer of pudding, then a thin layer of whipped cream, then berries, and repeat until you're at the top of your bowl, topping with a layer of whipped cream. It's a light-tasting, satisfying dessert that makes the most of summer fruits.
Smoked cherry bombs: These sound a little weird, but Cooking Light has never failed me yet so I'd give them a try.
Make your own ice cream: If you got an ice cream maker for a wedding gift that has been gathering dust, bring it out into the sunshine. Making ice cream is easy and a fun kid project. Brown Eyed Baker has a list of 30 delicious-sounding recipes. No machine? No problem. The Daily Meal has enough no-machine-required recipes to please any ice cream fan.
What's your favorite Fourth of July treat?
Image © IStockPhoto/Catherine Lane