Food for the 4th

Whenever and wherever you are celebrating the 4th of July (our fireworks are on the 2nd), it’s always fun to have a colorful and patriotic dessert. Over the years, I have made many variations of mini berry tarts. You can make them from scratch or combine store bought items, to achieve a fun, delicious and beautiful result. Here are a few ideas:

It doesn’t get any easier than making this flag of tartlets with premade shells filled with mascarpone cream topped with fresh berries.

No matter what finished look you want, you can choose from a wide selection of  frozen pastries at the market, fill them with either homemade custard or a bought pudding, assemble the fruit and voila!

To get a more professional look, melt some currant jelly in a small saucepan and brush over the top!! It’s an easy and festive dessert that everyone will love!

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35 Responses to Food for the 4th

  1. These are adorable and they look delish! Love the flag. Thanks for the great idea.

  2. Simply scrumptious! I wish we had better access to errors in my area. Otherwise I would l would love to make tarts!


    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  3. Love mini fruit tarts and they are always a hit. I love the idea of displaying them as an American flag…adorable. With the abundance of fresh fruit this time of year..its the perfect not overly heavy summe dessert.

  4. I love the first photo with the rendition of the flag. It is so perfect and creatively impressive!!

  5. The idea of half the strawberry slice to make the red / white stripes is so smart! Very patriotic and I am sure delicious!

  6. Stacey, so creative. Love the presentation in the shape of our flag. Yummy too. One of my girlfriends always has a “fireworks watching” party, these little things will be perfect to take along. xx’s

  7. I love bite sized desserts! And, I’ve often seen the “flag” version of a cake…but never this adorable berry tart version. I think it’s so much more sophisticated and less messy. Just might be making that this weekend!!

  8. Yet another favorite of mine. I can just imagine eating these while watching the movie, heaven!

  9. The Zhush says:

    Loving all this fruity and sweet inspiration! Our fireworks are on the 2nd as well this year..still can’t get over that it’s THIS weekend! How did that happen?

  10. Elle says:

    Scrumptious!!! Thank you for the wonderful ideas… Live the flag.

  11. kayce hughes says:

    I am drooling right now.

  12. @dhatfield says:

    I usually make an American flag white chocolate pudding the size of a football field – but the tartlets will win out this year! Love this!

  13. Three cheers for the red, white and blue! One of my favorite treats of summer are fresh berries. What a pretty and festive way to enjoy them!

  14. Beth says:

    I make a flag cake every year for July 4th–I have just completed ironing my white matlasse tablecloth, I am using my colbalt blue vases and dishes for a small afternoon tea. I have photos of last years table, but I don’t know how to send them to you. It is my favorite holiday. So I go all out!! This year I will be in Madison WI for July 4th, so my party will be the following week.

  15. Looks wonderful! I will definitely try this, most likely before the 4th. Love marscarpone.
    Have a great day, q.

  16. ORRR…you could go to your French bakery (if you have one) and buy some fruit tarts…like I do. Not as cute as these though.

  17. La Boheme says:

    Any kind of tart will always have extra room in my stomach! I hope to eat some of them over the long weekend….now the question is who is going to make them? :) Happy Monday!

  18. Patriotic is always in good taste!! Gorgeous pics :)

  19. Mary Jo says:

    Normally I wouldn’t try something like this, but you make it sound so easy…yum! I adore the flag in the top image, perfect for a party!

    xo mary jo

  20. Vicki Archer says:

    I love these…..I imagine they would taste very, very delish too…..xv

  21. Stitchfork says:

    Easy, patriotic and delish! Great idea!
    xo Cathy

  22. gretchen says:

    this all looks so yummy – i can’t take it – mouth watering over fresh fruit for the fourth! love these ideas stacey! :-)

  23. Yum, little tarts with strawberries…one of my favorites. Light and delicious.

  24. I’ll be making my berry cheesecake for the Fourth and hoping to have some helping hands in the kitchen! These look delicious!

  25. I love berry tarts! One of my favorites is the last image – pretty sure it’s an Ina Garten recipe which I have made many, many times and is always a crowd pleaser! Now I want to go make some!

  26. Your timing is impeccable, I am actually making my little list for the market and I am determined to do some homemade tarts (or tartlets), I have a Martha recipe and now one from Ina, thank you!

    Have a stellar week,

  27. What a great post! I love the flag of tarts idea! This year, I’m going to try granola and yogurt parfaits made with strawberries and blueberries, for a festive twist! :)

  28. YUM. I love the first one on
    the platter, especially!
    xx Suzanne
    PS: I bought “Summertime”
    after seeing it here and my
    daughter and I watched it
    before she flew off to Italy.
    She couldn’t wait to tell me
    that at the Murano Glass
    factory she saw THE “red
    goblet….” and next to it
    was a sign that read “Summertime.”
    So fun for her; thanks!

  29. We have a party we go to every year for the 4th and I need a new dessert – I think this is it!
    I always seem to take the same thing!
    A party dessert rut!
    Thabks for sharing ,
    ‘Have a PRETTY day!

  30. They look divine–I might give it a shot. Thanks. Mary

  31. Kelly Market says:

    Yum! I make a black raspberry pie every year on the 4th and just picked berries at my grandmother’s in Pennsylvania last week and then flew home with them to Atlanta. Can’t wait!! xo Kelly

  32. Love the berry tart flag idea. Looks spectacular, yet so doable. Great tip!

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