25 Blueberry Recipes Bursting with Flavor
From an early morning wake-up call to a sweet dessert to end your day, blueberries shine in these recipes.
Quite possibly nature's perfect gift, blueberries are one of the healthiest foods around, and they require only a simple wash as a means of preparation. You can find cultivated berries all year, but wild and locally-grown blueberries are available—and at their peak—primarily during July and August. When shopping for blueberries at the store or farmers' market, look for berries that are firm, uniform in size, and deep blue in color with a silvery or white sheen. Avoid any packages that appear stained or damp. Once you bring the blueberries home, remove any twigs or leaves along with any berries that are soft or moldy. Refrigerate in the original container for up to five days. When you're ready to use them, rinse berries under cold water, drain, and pat dry.
Once you've stocked up, put your delicious blueberries to good use in a summery tart, no-bake cheesecake, pies, crisps, cobblers, and so much more. One of our favorite ways to serve these berries in a way that highlights their beautiful blue color and slightly tart flavor is by tossing them with granulated sugar and letting their juices slowly release. After about 20 minutes, you're left with a macerated mixture of whole blueberries in a syrupy sauce that's perfect for drizzling over ice cream, a custard pie, or even folded into pudding. For the ultimate blueberry pie filling, you generally only need four ingredients: the fruit, plus granulated sugar for sweetness, a thickener like cornstarch, and lemon juice to offset some of the granulated sugar. With this, the dessert possibilities are endless.
Ready to enjoy more blueberries all day long? Ahead, we're sharing 25 delicious blueberry recipes that make use of one of summer's all-stars.
Instant Pot Cheesecake
Blueberry "Toaster" Pastries
Berry Layer Cake
No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake for a Crowd
Vegan Blueberry Crisp
Blueberry Lattice Pie
Blueberry "Bandanna" Tart
Pull-Apart Vanilla-Wafer Cupcake Cake with Berries
Blintz Baked French Toast
Peach and Blueberry Tart with Cream Cheese Filling
Take a look at this beautiful display of macerated summer fruit, which is piled high atop a sweet mixture made from cream cheese, lemon zest and juice, and granulated sugar.
Blueberry-Banana Skyr Smoothie
Berry Frangipane Phyllo Tart
Lemon-Olive Oil Cake
Try this twist on a classic cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving by cooking fresh or frozen cranberries with wild blueberries, minced fresh ginger, orange zest, and fresh sage leaves until the berries burst and the mixture thickens into the perfect holiday side dish.
Bourbon-and-Brown-Sugar Cake with Berries
Berry Shortcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese
Bake blueberries and strawberries right into these shortcakes, then spoon more fresh berries on top just before serving.
Blueberry Dutch Pancakes
Baked rather than cooked on the stove top, Dutch pancakes emerge from the oven puffed up like balloons and then quickly deflate, making for a dramatic presentation at the table. Rich and eggy, with just a hint of lemon zest, they're the perfect foil for sweet, fresh blueberries.
French Fruit Tart
The English dessert called a fool (and you would have to be one not to love it) is simply whipped cream folded with puréed stewed fruit, then chilled. Because the mixture needs to set and become almost mousse-like, and doesn't involve baking, the dish is ideal for the lazy days of summer.
Blueberry Slab Pie
Made in a 10-by-14-inch jelly roll pan, this big blueberry pie feeds a crowd. Add a finishing touch by brushing the crust with beaten egg and sprinkling with sanding sugar before you put it in the oven.
Blueberry-Cream Cheese Hand Pies
These hand pies travel well, perfect for tucking into picnic baskets or taking to summer barbecue potlucks.
These picture-perfect muffins are studded with fresh blueberries and capped with crunchy sugar and crumb toppings.