I grew up spending much of my summer, including the 4th of July, in Amelia Island, Florida. My mom has always been an amazing cook and holidays were no exception. Experimenting with the latest recipes from Southern Living or Gourmet Magazine, there was always something exciting to taste. I distinctly remember her making a large, rectangle cheesecake topped with fresh blueberries and strawberries in the shape of the American Flag for one of our Independence Day celebrations.
As an adult, cheesecake is not my favorite dessert, but I do love fruit crisps and cobbler. Warm, ripe peaches, blackberries, and blueberries… topped with cool vanilla ice cream; nothing says summer better. Even if you are not the most advanced baker, summer crisps are easy, foolproof, and so delicious. Simply use fresh, in-season fruit such as sweet Georgia blueberries, peaches, or other summer fruits.
Blueberry and Gingersnap Crumble: Toss blueberries (or peaches) with a squeeze of lemon and a touch of flour and sugar. Spread in a baking dish and top with a crumbled mixture of crushed gingersnap cookies, chilled butter, and sugar. Bake and serve warm with vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt. Now that not the perfect ending to a summer 4th of July celebration! Enjoy and Happy 4th!