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Easy Flag Cakes

Ingredients:
2 pints of strawberries/blueberries
1 recipe of your favorite white or yellow cake (mix or from scratch, your choice)
1 1/3 C of blueberries
1 tub of whipped topping

Serves 12

Mix up and bake your favorite cake mix or recipe. Let cool.

Slice 1 cup of strawberries, set aside. Halve remaining strawberries, set aside.

Top cake (in pan) with 1 cup sliced strawberries, 1 cup blueberries and all of the whipped topping. Arrange remaining strawberry halves and blueberries on whipped topping to create a flag design. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

Red white and Bluebery Cheese Pie.

8 sheets (about 13" x14" each) thawed frozen phyllo dough (find it in the freezer section of the supermarket)
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
16 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups fresh blueberries, divided
1/2 cup strawberry jelly
1 cup whipped cream or non-dairy whipped topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 425.F.

For Crust
Grease a 9" pie plate. Set aside.

On a flat surface place 1 sheet phyllo (keep remaining phyllo covered to prevent drying out), brush with melted butter. Top with another phyllo sheet, continue to make 8 layers, brushing butter between each layer. Using kitchen scissors or a sharp kinfe, cut the layers into one 12-13 inch circle. Carefully press circle into the prepared pie plate, gently fan edges. Bake until edges are just golden, about 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 350F.

In a medium bowl beat cream cheese, vanilla and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until well combined. Fold in 1 cup of the blueberries. Pour mixture into prepared crust. Bake until set, about 40-50 minutes. To prevent over browning of crust, gently cover with aluminum foil during the last 25 minutes of baking. Cool completely on a rack.

To Serve
In a small bowl, beat jelly until smooth. Spread over cheese filling. Arrange remaining blueberries on top in star shape. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired. 

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