Have you made your menu plans for Independence Day? I ask because you’ll want to add this easy and star spangled spectacular dessert. It’s really unique because you make on the BBQ and it couldn’t be easier.
Have you ever had grilled berries? If not, you’re in for a real treat. Grilling the berries caramelizes the natural sugars making them taste even sweeter and that really bumps the glorious fresh fruit of the season up a notch.
Shall we make a brown sugar and lemon caramel drizzle to take it over the top? Of course, we shall!
Now, we could serve the berries with shortcake, in fact I started out to do just that. But I was passing the “oops we baked too much” day old bakery cart and these donuts just jumped into my cart. Does that ever happen to you?
Then it hit me. These donuts are a short cut shortcake!
And better yet – I’m going to grill them, too. Are you still with me?
Red, White and Blueberry Donut Shortcake
Yield: 6 servings Time: 20 minutes
The glaze is an optional step, but it’s really good.
What You’ll Need:
For the caramel drizzle:
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 pint fresh blueberries
- 2 pounds fresh strawberries
- 6 glazed or cake donuts, sliced in half horizontally
- whipped dessert topping or whipped cream
- To make the drizzle – In a medium saucepan stir together the brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt; stir in the lemon juice and water.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thickened. Remove from pan and place into a microwave safe bowl. Cool and set aside. You’ll probably want to rinse out the pan because the sugar will be a pain to clean if it sits.
- Meanwhile; gently skewer berries on metal or bamboo skewers. If you’re using bamboo be sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from catching fire.
- Prepare your charcoal or gas grill, to medium heat. Place the skewers directly on the clean grate or use a stainless steel grill topper. I was asked about my topper that I adore, so here it is: Dual Surface Reusable Stainless Steel BBQ Sheet – BBQ King
- Depending on the size of the strawberries they will take 5 to 7 minutes. The blueberries take only 3 minutes, tops. Hang close, when they soften and juice starts to sizzle, they’re done.
- When you remove the berry skewers from the BBQ use extreme caution as the berries and the skewers will be lava HOT.
- Place them on a platter covered in foil (to keep the blueberries from staining your platter) and set aside while you grill the doughnuts.
- Place donut halves, cut side down, on the rack over medium-low heat. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through and beautiful grill marks appear. Again, use caution when removing.
To serve – Place donut halves on serving dishes. Top with some berries, a dollop of whipped topping and that caramel drizzle. If the drizzle stiffens up place it in the microwave for 10 seconds to loosen it up before you plate dessert.
Diva tip – when working with blueberries: don’t wear white!
Here’s hoping that some of the 4th of July fireworks will be flavor explosions in your mouth and that your holiday is red, white and beautiful!
Happy Independence Day from all of us at Divas On A Dime.