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 (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fruit.


  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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[email protected] User ID: 3572716 92359
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

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

grandchildren1019 User ID: 968310 133681
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."

malonega User ID: 2069908 58067
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"

Newfiecook User ID: 1564499 137439
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2009

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

cheriwinkle User ID: 1239361 57574
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!"

bobbical User ID: 2475622 53912
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2009

"It sounds yummy to me no matter what it is served in! BJC"

bobbical User ID: 2475622 57573
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2009

"I don't think rlshort was dissing the recipe, just asking for information!"

rlshort User ID: 1389392 61383
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2009

"I would like to know the nutrition information if this recipe was served on lettuce leaves instead of in phyllo nests. Thanks"

lushiny User ID: 3054868 79989
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2009

"Why can't people just say something good or not say anything at all?  Did you try it before writing your post?

This was "lighter" as presented in the recipe - great presentation- and very good idea for a Summer dessert.
Thank you for the recipe."

franm88 User ID: 439322 79987
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2009

"I would say this would be considered diet. I attend Weight Watchers and figured the points and it is only 2 points. Not bad for something that sounds so good Am anxious to try."

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