Summer Berry Salad with Whipped Coconut Cream

Berry Salad Whipped Coconut Cream Recipe

Sweet, juicy berries are naturally delicious, but we’ve gilded the lily with this homemade whipped coconut cream to top them off.   Serve up this colorful berry salad in one of our Chip and Dip Sets and you are well on your way to an easy (and healthy!) treat to serve during your next summer get-together.

For the Summer Berry Salad dice about three pounds of strawberries.  Add in one pound of blueberries and six to twelve ounces of raspberries.

The Whipped Coconut Cream requires a bit of additional prep as the cans of coconut cream or coconut milk must be refrigerated for 24 hours before whipping for best results. Coconut cream and coconut milk can usually be found in the international section of your local grocery store with the Asian foods. We used Thai Kitchen coconut cream, although their coconut milk has also been known to produce good whipped cream as well. 

Once the cans have been refrigerated for 24 hours, open and carefully scoop out the thick, white coconut cream that has risen to the top, trying to avoid the coconut water at the bottom of the can.  You can save that liquid to add to your next smoothie, or simply discard.

After whipping your coconut cream, spoon into the Fiesta Dip Bowl, or similar high-sided bowl, and place in the center of a large, round serving bowl like the Fiesta Chip Bowl.  Spoon those glorious berries into the serving bowl and your healthy dish is ready to go. 

Berry Salad Whipped Coconut Cream Recipe

When serving, we set out a variety of small bowls such as Bouillons and Ramekins alongside the salad, so that guests can easily assemble a single serving of this colorful treat.  

Believe us when we say, that even amidst a sea of pies and cake, this Berry Salad will go fast!  If you’re lucky enough to have left overs, blend the berries up for a post-celebration smoothie the next day.  You can even put that leftover coconut water to use!

Summer Berry Salad with Whipped Coconut Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 3 pounds fresh strawberries, cut into bite-sized pieces
  2. 1 pound fresh blueberries
  3. 6 to 12 ounces fresh raspberries
  4. 2 cans coconut milk or coconut cream, refrigerated for 24 hours
  5. 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Refrigerate cans of coconut milk or coconut cream for 24 hours.
  2. Cut strawberries into bite-sized pieces and combine with other berries in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Remove coconut milk from the refrigerator and open with a can opener.
  4. Carefully scoop out solid white coconut cream from the can, being sure to avoid any coconut water in the bottom half of the can.
  5. Put coconut cream into a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  6. Add powdered sugar and beat until combined then add vanilla extract.
  7. Beat until soft peaks form and then spoon into a small, high sided bowl such as the Fiesta Dip Bowl.
  8. Place bowl of whipped cream into the center of a large, round serving bowl such as the Fiesta Chip Bowl.
  9. Spoon berry salad mixture into the large bowl surrounding the dip.
  10. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

All the best summer memories happen around a freshly baked pie, or at least at Fiesta Dinnerware we like to think so. But gone are the days of grandma’s basic pies (sorry grandma). With fancy decorative pies posted all across social media, we often feel pie envy. Do your pies stack up to what you see on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram?

Fear not, friends. We have some simple pie crust tips and tricks that will make your pies the star of every summer party. And, don’t tell, but we didn’t even make our pies from scratch! Just grab a can of fruit pie filling, add some fresh fruit to the filling, and unroll some pie crust from the refrigerated section of the grocery store. None of these fancy pies took longer than 20 minutes to make. However, all you baking pros out there can feel free to go the homemade route if you choose.

Roses
Roses are so simple to create, but really make a beautiful statement. And in our Large Heart Bowl, how sweet is this pie? Use a knife to cut strips about ½ inch thick. You’ll only need each strip to be about 4 inches long. Create a rose-like spiral, taking care to curl out the “petals” as you wind the dough around itself. Pinch the bottom, but keep the top portion of the petals loose. You’ll make the most realistic roses that way. We took some extra dough to make rose petals, freehand with a knife. Add the roses and leaves to the top of your pie filling. Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Then bake the pie according to your recipe.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Shapes
You could easily just cover your pie with a flat crust and poke some holes in the top. But what fun would that be? We think this is the simplest trick of all. Use some cookie cutters to cut shapes out of your freshly rolled dough. Lay them out in a haphazard pattern across the top. Voila! We used star shapes for our summer celebrations, but you could really use any shape at all. Bake as usual.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Painted Dough
For those who have an artistic flair, this technique is sure to impress. And it’s so easy! We made a cherry pie in our Square Baker. We used a knife to freeform some cherries, stems and leaves. A little egg wash “glued” them to the lattice crust. Then, using a paint brush, we “painted” our cherries with some red and green food coloring. We used our food coloring straight out of the bottle, but you could dilute it with a little water for a watercolor effect. Bake your pie in the oven.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Braided Crust
Isn’t this braided crust adorable? If you can braid hair, you can pull this off. Cut thin strips of dough, about ¼” thick. Roll each strip to make a smooth snake-like tube. Take three at a time and pinch them together at the top. Then braid them together and pinch at the bottom. You might need to do this 2-3 times to fit the braids all the way around your Pie Baker. Brush the bottom crust with a little egg wash and lightly press the braids onto the bottom crust. Brush the braids with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake as usual.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Fruit Shapes
We love a crumble topping on a fruit pie. But it’s difficult to determine what flavor is being served until you cut into it. Eliminate any confusion with this easy trick. We made a mini peach pie in our Fiesta Ramekin. But before we put it in the oven, we sliced a peach and created a negative space star, again using cookie cutters (they’re so useful when making pies!).

Simple decorative pie crust ideas from Fiesta Dinnerware

 

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Do you have any tips for making Instagram-worthy pies? We’d love to hear them! Better yet, share your pies with us on social media at Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

And be sure to check out some of our previous posts for Fiesta pie recipes: Mini Confetti Cream Pies, Confetti Cream Pie, Mini Pumpkin Pies, Chicken Pot Pie, and Petite Pies. 

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Fiesta Rainbow Foods

As you’ve probably already guessed, we love color here at Fiesta Dinnerware! So it only makes sense that after we’ve set our table with our rainbow of dinnerware, we’d include a rainbow of foods to go with it! We thought we’d share with you our favorite foods that really get us in the Fiesta spirit. Think radiant red strawberries and peppers, and bright blueberries and blackberries. The best part about these festive fares? They include tons of fruits and veggies!

We’re kicking this colorful feast off with a healthy smoothie bowl. We love testing out different smoothie flavors, but find ourselves reaching for berries and bananas (and even a handful of spinach!) most often for a pretty purple hue. Our Small Bistro Bowl from the 3pc Bistro Set is the ideal size for this snack. Top with a spectrum of fruits for a beautiful breakfast treat!

Next, it’s appetizer time with our Rainbow Salsa! Chop up tomatoes, orange and yellow peppers, jalapeños, cilantro, and red onion. Add black beans, corn, lime juice, and your favorite spices and you’re ready to enjoy. We like serving this salsa up in our Lapis Signature Bowl. Shout out to Gimme Some Oven for this idea!

Finally, the main course: pizza! We piled on peppers, onions and broccoli to make this masterpiece. Store bought pizza crust makes this meal easy to throw together and enjoy in a pinch, and our Baking/Pizza Tray is the perfect size to hold it, not to mention oven proof up to 500 degrees!

What are your favorite foods for Fiesta? Let us know on Facebook and share your rainbow photos with us on Instagram by tagging @fiestadinnerware.

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