Berries in a Nest Recipe
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Berries in a Nest Recipe

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Iola Egle of Bella Vista, Arkansas enhances a medley of fresh berries with sugar, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Serve berries on lettuce. like Iola does, for a fun summer salad...or showcase them in pretty phyllo cups, as our Test Kitchen suggests, for an impressive dinner finale.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 cups halved fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 filled pita half: 142 calories, 1g fat (0.550g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1 frui


  1. In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. Sprinkle with sugar; gently toss to coat. Let stand for 20 minutes. Pour vinegar over berries; sprinkle with pepper. Gently toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. For phyllo nests, coat giant nonstick muffin cups with a cooking spray; set aside. Unroll phyllo dough sheets; remove one sheet. (White assembling, keep remaining dough covered with plastic wrap and a damp cloth.)
  3. For each nest, cut one sheet in half lengthwise and cut in thirds widthwise. Stack three sections and place in a prepared cup; spray with cooking spray. Stack remaining three sections and place in cup, alternating points. Spray with cooking spray. Combine the sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar over dough. Repeat with remaining sheets of dough.
  4. Bake at 375° for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, fill each nest with about 3/4 cup berry mixture. Drizzle with a small amount of juice. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Berries in a Nest in Light & Tasty June/July 2004, p52

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Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"I used cranberry-pear white balsamic and it was a delicious dessert!"

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2009

"Saved some of the berries and juice and put them on a scoop of ricotta cheese the next day. I will make this again."

Reviewed Jun. 11, 2009

"Easy recipe to make. Made it for a birthday celebration instead of a cake and it was the hit of the party! G. Malone"

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2009

"Instead of granulated sugar use Splenda. Tastes the same."

Reviewed Jun. 5, 2009

"Dear HenryH-I just looked at a rhubarb coffee cake that had 66g. carbs per serving--33g. is certainly lighter, wouldn't you say? A recipe can be noted as light for a number of different reasons. There is only 1 g. of fat. If any recipe does not meet the specific needs of any one of us, we have only to find one that does--No need to rail against the site, the contributor, or anyone else. The recipe is not the one who needs to lighten up!"

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