When summertime rolls around, we go into blueberry overdrive. We love their complex sweetness that hides a touch of tanginess. Here are 11 blueberry desserts that make us wish autumn would never come.
Wildfire, McLean, Virginia
Half-moons of peach and plump blueberries mingle in this summery pie with a sugar-crusted, buttery crust. Available by the slice at lunch and dinner, if you fall in love, you always take a whole pie home. Make a reservation at Wildfire.
Travelle Kitchen + Bar, Chicago, Illinois
This artful dessert is almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. A quenelle of blueberry ice cream, crumbled oatmeal cookie, and fresh viola petals complement a dainty custard cake. Make a reservation at Travelle Kitchen + Bar.
Little Park, New York, New York
All the summer things make an appearance in this sundae. Blueberries, bee pollen, cornbread croutons, and caramel corn gussy up sweet corn ice cream and burnt honey ice cream. All that’s missing are the fireflies and a whole lot of nothing to do. Make a reservation at Little Park.
Stake Chophouse & Bar, Coronado, California
Blueberry muffins are transformed into warm-from-the-oven bread pudding. A sphere of vanilla bean ice cream provides a pleasantly chilly contrast. To finish the dessert off, it’s doused with white chocolate sauce. Make a reservation at Stake Chophouse & Bar.
Mity Nice, Chicago, Illinois
Summer hasn’t officially happened until we’ve dug into a blueberry cobbler. This blue-ribbon version is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Each bite of berries, butter crust, and vanilla ice cream reminds us why we love the warm weather months so much. Make a reservation at Mity Nice.
Onsen, San Francisco, California
Blueberry sorbet adds a dash of panache to this vegan dessert. Tofu panna cotta and a scattering of berries complete the pretty presentation. Don’t forget to score a snapshot for your Instagram before you dive in. Make a reservation at Onsen.
The Publican, Chicago, Illinois
Executive pastry chef Erika Chan double-times as a construction worker to build this towering treat. She begins by layering inverted puff pastries with cardamom pastry cream. She finishes off the sweet stack with fresh blueberries, blueberry jam, and cardamom-pistachio crumbles. Make a reservation at The Publican.
Herb & Wood, San Diego, California
Oh hey, it’s soufflé. The scrumptious seasonal dessert features fresh blueberry compote, buttermilk whipped cream, and ginger gelato. Sweet, a little spicy, and a touch tangy, it’s a picture-perfect finale. Make a reservation at Herb & Wood.
City Tap House-Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C.
This old-fashioned buckle features a crumbly cake punctuated with juicy blueberries. Rolled oat streusel adds a little crunch. The sweet square is finished off with local vanilla ice cream from Moorenko’s, a zigzag of blueberry sauce, and fresh blueberries. Make a reservation at City Tap House–Penn Quarter.
Compère Lapin, New Orleans, Louisiana
This hand pie feels like a mini-crostata. The handheld hexagonal treat is packed full of jammy blueberries. A generous dollop of whipped cream crowns it. Make a reservation at Compère Lapin.
Rare Tavern, Washington, D.C.
From the Wisconsin State Fair to downtown D.C. Pastry chef Jacqueline Suter riffs on the midwestern midway favorite. She packs cream puffs with blueberry jam and vanilla whipped cream. Make a reservation at Rare Tavern.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.