8 Easy Raspberry Recipes

Raspberries From My Garden

Raspberries From My Garden
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Raspberries From The Garden To The Table


Raspberries are delicious and they are one of the fruits with high contents of fibre, vitamin C and antioxidants. They are the perfect fruit to prepare your body for a busy summer.


One of the reasons I always look forward to the summer season is because I know that very soon I’ll be enjoying a fresh crop of raspberries everyday for almost two weeks. Raspberries are one of those rare fruits that are incredibly expensive to buy fresh but are very easy and cheap to grow in your garden. Even if you don’t have a big garden, raspberries are so easy to grow that you can manage a good crop growing it in garden pots in a sunny terrace or balcony.


Raspberries Growing In My Garden

Raspberries Growing In My Garden
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Raspberry Craze

This year, due to the early high temperatures we have enjoyed an abundant crop very early in the season. And when I say abundant, I mean it! Like every other year during a few weeks I am flooded with raspberries and despite the children just picking them and eating them in the garden straight from the plants, I manage to bring at least a full big bowl of raspberries to the kitchen every day; which means that after the first few days of “raspberry craze” I am sitting in my kitchen staring at a bowl of raspberries looking for new ways to bring them to the table. But this is part of the fun, and with time I have learnt a few easy but delicious recipes to make with my raspberries. Here, I will share 8 of the easiest raspberry recipes I love:

  1. Raspberry Champagne Cocktail
  2. Raspberry Vodka cocktail
  3. Low-Calorie Raspberry Jam
  4. Non-sugar raspberry coulis
  5. Raspberry Milkshake
  6. Raspberry Cheesecake
  7. Raspberry pudding.
  8. Raspberry Vinaigrette.

Champagne and Raspberries

Easy Raspberry Recipes

I have collected here a few of my favourite raspberry recipes. They are extremely easy to make and utterly delicious, from simple raspberry cocktails, raspberry coulis, raspberry jam, raspberry cheesecake, raspberry pudding to even a raspberry salad dressing! Enjoy…

1) Raspberry Champagne Cocktail

You will need a bottle of champagne and a handful of raspberries. Prepare your cocktail just before drinking it. Put a few raspberries in a champagne glass and cover to the top with cold champagne. Cheers!

2) Raspberry Vodka Cocktail

For this stronger aperitif, you will need a handful of raspberries, a good vodka, crushed ice, sugar cane syrup and lemonade.

Put a few raspberries in a whisky glass add the ice and a touch of sugar syrup. Stir with a spoon to slightly crush the raspberries. Add a measure of vodka and fill up the glass with lemonade. Enjoy sitting on the garden on a sunny day!


Make Home-made Jam with at least 25% less sugar

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Low Calorie Raspberry Recipes

3) Low-Calorie Raspberry Jam

There is nothing like fresh homemade jam, and even better if you can enjoy the taste of your garden fruits without the guilt of the added sugar. Since last year instead of using ordinary sugar to make my homemade jams, I’ve been using “low sugar pectin” varieties of sugar. The one I use in France comes in half kilo packets that you mix with a kilo of fruit and cook for three minutes. After that, all you are left to do is pack your jam and enjoy it!

4) Non-sugar Raspberry Coulis

This is so simple to make that you will not believe it. Just pass your raspberries through a small sieve to obtain a creamy and vibrant red puree. Store in a clean jar and eat within two days. You can use this coulis to accompany ice creams, cakes, yogurts and even to make milkshakes and cocktails. I love it with a good vanilla ice cream, it is just heaven on earth!


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5) Raspberry Milkshake


My little ones love this one. For three glasses of milkshake I put in a blender one cup of raspberries, one cup of full fat milk, half a cup of ice, one small yogurt –plain or raspberry- and three scoops of vanilla ice cream. Blend it all for a few minutes and let your little ones cool down in style with this nutritious shake.


Raspberry Cheesecake

Freshly baked raspberry cheesecake
Freshly baked raspberry cheesecake | Source

6) Raspberry Cheesecake

This is a slightly different cheesecake to the traditional one, it is more of a soufflé served with a sweet raspberry coulis. You will need:

  • 500g cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 175g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 142ml pot soured cream
  • 300g raspberries
  • Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
  • Whip the cream cheese with the flour, sugar, eggs and soured cream until light and fluffy. Stir in half the raspberries and pour into a buttered tin. Bake for 40 minutes and then check, it should be set but slightly wobbly in the centre. Leave to cool.
  • Put the remaining raspberries in a pan with 1 tbsp of sugar. Heat until juicy and then squash with a fork. Push through a sieve. Serve the cheesecake with the raspberry sauce.


Raspberry Pudding

Preparing the raspberry pudding with ladyfinger biscuits
Preparing the raspberry pudding with ladyfinger biscuits | Source
Raspberry pudding ready to eat
Raspberry pudding ready to eat | Source

7) Easy Raspberry Pudding


This is my own version of summer fruit pudding. Instead of using sliced bread I use “lady fingers” (on the right) they are easier to manage and the children prefer their sweet taste to that of white bread.

You will need raspberries, sugar, a packet of ladyfinger biscuits and a bowl. Place the raspberries in a pan over a medium heat with sugar to your taste, depending on the acidity of your raspberries. Let them cook for about 3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the fruit juice starts to run. Don’t overcook or you will ruin the fresh fruit taste.

Line a pudding bowl with the lady finger biscuits if necessary overlap them to seal any gaps so no juice can get through when you add the fruit. Fill the lined bowl with the raspberry mixture and cover the pudding with more lady fingers. Cover with cling film and press the bowl with a plate and a heavy weight. Put in the fridge and leave to soak overnight.

Serve with ice cream or cream.


Another Raspberry Vinaigrette

Raspberry Vinaigrette


For this delicious fruity salad dressing you will need:

  • one cup of olive oil
  • two cups of fresh raspberries cut into halves,
  • one spoon of sugar and
  • two thirds of a cup of apple cider vinegar.

The dressing can be made up to one day in advance if stored in the fridge. Just mix all the ingredients in a bowl, cover and store ready for use. This vinaigrette is ideal for dressing a green leaf salad with roast chicken. It is also a great dressing for a rocket salad to go with foie grass.


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Do you have a special raspberry recipe to share? 27 comments

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poetryman6969 19 months ago

Raspberry cheesecake and pudding please. Such a delight!


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Oh yum, I love raspberries and I think that I will be planting them now. I have some blackberry vines, but raspberries are something else and now that I have found your raspberry cheesecake recipe, I can't not grow them!!! Lovely, yummy hub, Princessa, my votes to you and sharing.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

My granny made something similar to that she called a raspberry fool - she added a layer of custard over the berries, and after refrigerating the dessert, served it the next day with whipped cream. I can't wait to try the cheesecake recipe!


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

I love raspberries and you made me want some now!

Your original recipes sound delicious. Thanks for sharing them!


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Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

Some great ideas, here. I am lucky enough to have had a bumper raspberry crop this year, and my cupboards are bursting with jam already, so new recipes are always useful. Thank you :)


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

This is such a lovely and informative hub, Princessa. It reminds me when we used to go on picnics with my family and pick wild raspberries. They are easy to grow and very delicious. Will have to try some of your recipes, they sound great. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I wish we have raspberries in our country. :) Loved the variety of recipes one can make from raspberries.


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Princessa 5 years ago from France Author

livelonger: Where I live the weather rarely gets too hot, but my raspberries manage to survive the long harsh winters (minus temperatures) with no trouble or special care. They usually come out with fruits during the spring and early summer when temperatures average 25°C


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco

Wow, these look amazing. I wonder if we have the right climate for raspberries here in San Francisco (it's generally really cold here, maybe 10-20C but rarely hotter than that). I rarely buy them fresh because they're so expensive, and instead rely on frozen ones. Your recipes look fantastic, too. A raspberry vodka cocktail sounds terrific right about now! ;)


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Princessa 5 years ago from France Author

SweetiePie: Please try, they are incredibly easy to grow. I also grow strawberries and I know that they need a lot of care in comparison (at least mine do! I think you manage great with strawberries) Good luck with them and have a good harvest :-)


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

Maybe I will plant raspberries next. I have a couple of potted flower plants that are not thriving, and yesterday I uprooted one and transferred the strawberries from the smaller pot. I might just try growing raspberries in the other one.


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shanaya 5 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

Hello Princessa Ma'am! It's Yummy I must say and easy to cook also. Thanks for sharing with us.:)

VOTED UP, INTERESTING, AWESOME.

With LOVE

From SHANAYA:)


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ferrel5desle 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing your great ideas..

Liked very much.


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Princessa 5 years ago from France Author

carriethomson: I discover how easy it was to grow raspberries by accident. We had moved houses and I never had time to do the garden when at the start of the summer I discovered that we had beautiful and delicious raspberries growing everywhere! Ever since, I make sure to cut the old branches after I collect the fruit and to water them abundantly once the fruits start showing. It couldn't be easier!


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Princessa 5 years ago from France Author

vocalcoach: thanks for the rating :-)

prasetio: these are just some of the easy raspberry recipes I enjoy making. There are many others, just as easy and delicious, that I am hoping to share very soon.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love raspberry and I love your recipes. It looks delicious. I'll show this to my mom as usual. Thank you very much for writing and share this with us. Vote it up!

Prasetio


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

A delicious hub. You have provided so much information here, along with beautiful images. Looking forward to experimenting with some of your recipes. So sweet of you to share them. Rated up, useful and awesome. :)


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Princessa 5 years ago from France Author

Gordon: Cranachan... yummy, I forgot about that one. It's been so long since I had it, I need to try it again! I think that the expensive price of raspberries in markets goes in hand with its "difficulty" to be handled, packed and kept fresh after harvesting. They are extremely delicate fruits.

Debra, Denise, Wesman, health information, chspublish, dahoglund and Eiddwen: Thank you for sharing your views. I hope you try some of these recipes, I promise you won't be disappointed.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I love raspberries, and most other berries. Maybe next year. I'm sure it is late in northern US for planting. In January it gets really cold.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A great hub and I must give this one a try !!

Take care

Eiddwen.


Health information  5 years ago

This is a wonderful hub..


Health information  5 years ago

This is a very delicious fruit i really like it


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

Deelishous fruit...the fruit of summer and all its delights. Thanks for the feast cooking up here.


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Debra McVay 5 years ago from Troy, Alabama

these sound delicious. Maybe onced we've moved into our own place, we'll grow some raspberries and try these out.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Raspberries are my favorite 'berry'. I bookmaked the recipes. Thanks for the great hub-a-licious info!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

This is a wonderful hub! I love those Raspberries, and a bit of their flavour in all sorts of things!


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

I love raspberries and they always remind me of childhood. Probably because my Dad used to grow them in the garden and my Mum cooked them similar to you have done. Great idea for including them in champagne or vodka. The only way I have seen raspberries used with alcohol before is in Cranachan.

You are definitely right about the price of raspberries. That's something which has always puzzled me, why they are so expensive in supermarkets when they are not only so easy to grow but are even growing wild all around.

Definitely going to try some form of raspberry cocktail this summer! :)

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