4th of July Fruit Platter

I’ve been wanting to do a flag platter for several years and this year I finally did it.  To me one of the joys of spring and summer is fresh strawberries. Now I can eat strawberries all by themselves and be happy, but if I want to raise the bar, I add a tablespoon or two of whipped cream. Oh my that’s for me.

 


Carol's Kitchen Strawberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s fruit platter is very simple: strawberries for red, blueberries for blue, and whipped cream for white. Now if you’re not into whipped cream, then just use little white marshmallows or banana slices dipped in lemon juice in a row. I want to tell you I bought 2 pounds of strawberries and almost ran out due to the size of my tray (18″ L x 12″ w).  Most of my serving platters are round or oval. This red tray isn’t a kitchen tray, but I lined it with parchment paper and it worked fine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whipping cream from heavy cream or heavy whipping cream (36% fat) is easy to do using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. Be sure your cream is really cold. You can even refrigerate your bowl a few minutes before whipping. The colder the better. Don’t walk away and leave it beating.  You just need 3 or 4 minutes at medium speed to make the perfect peaks that aren’t too soft or over-mixed and grainy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used a small rectangle of blue berries in the left top corner of the tray for the stars on blue.  Next time I’ll make it bigger. To the side of the tray is a bowl of  more blueberries. When I do this again, I will buy 3 to 4 pounds of strawberries and put bowls of them to the side of the platter with bowls of blueberries and whipped cream.  My guests of 2 adults and 4 little boys emptied the tray and bowls within a very short time.  They were smiling though!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate rows of strawberries with a row of piped whipped cream for your red, white, and blue flag. Serve with bowls of blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th of July Fruit Platter

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Ingredients: amounts depend on size of tray and # of guests

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4th of July Fruit Platter

A summer dessert fruit platter in the shape of an American flag for your 4th of July parties.
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword 4th of July, flag fruit platter, fruit platter, patriotic fruit platter
Servings 1 platter

Ingredients

  • 2 to 4 lb fresh strawberries
  • 1 to 2 pints fresh blueberries
  • 1 or 2 cups cold heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp confectioners sugar per cup of cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract per cup of cream 

Instructions

  • Whip cream, sugar, and vanilla with a mixer with a whisk attachment
  • Use medium high speed and watch closely
  • Whip for 3 to 4 minutes until medium peaks form
  • Use immediately or cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours 
  • Wash, hull, and halve strawberries
  • Wash blueberries and dry berries
  • Use rectangular platter or tray
  • Line tray with parchment paper
  • Begin bottom line of tray with strawberry halves
  • Do rectangle of blueberries in top left corner
  • Next do top line of strawberry halves stopping at blueberries
  • Pipe whipped cream between rows of strawberries and around blueberries
  • Complete rows for red, white, and blue flag
  • Serve with bowls of berries and whipped cream

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

25 thoughts to “4th of July Fruit Platter”

    1. Hmm, I like a challenge – do a vertical column of strawberries in the middle. A column at right angle going up to the right and one up to the left. Use lots of whipped cream in between and add blueberries in small triangles. Not as easy as US flag but totally doable. I hope you do it as I’d love to see it!

    1. If you want a bowl of berries and cream, serve with spoons and bowls. For just a strawberry dipped in cream, use toothpicks. Worked great

  1. Looks delicious! I love strawberries and cream in any shape or form. The Canadian flag would be easy to do,as well; only red and white. 🙂

  2. That looks delicious! I used white chocolate covered pretzels for my “white” stripes one year and have made this same design on a cake using the frosting.

  3. With all my grandkids going to be here for the fourth of July this year, I think you have helped me to decide the big dessert for them! Love your posts! And thanks for sharing on the Farm Fresh Blog Hop!

    1. Thanks for the sweet compliment AnnMarie. Berries and whipped cream are hard to beat in my family. Enjoy your grandkids!

  4. Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 1! Pinned ♥

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