Enchanted Berries Recipe

This dish is sheer elfin magic when served after dark on a midsummer’s night. The flickering of its mysterious violet-blue flames reminds us of winged creatures glimmering in the shadows just beyond our reach.

You will not believe how easy it is to make this gorgeous dessert, and children of all ages find it completely enchanting.

3 cups fresh berries, room temperature or warmer
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup brandy, cognac, or dark rum, at room temperature or warmer
Yogurt or whipped cream (optional topping)

1. Place the berries in a flameproof chafing dish or bowl and sprinkle with brown sugar.

2. Pour the alcohol over the berries. Cover the dish or bowl for a moment, then uncover and light the fumes close to the berries carefully with a match.

3. Watch the magic flames breathlessly until they’re gone then serve the berries with a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream, if desired.

Serves 6.

Adapted from “Witch in the Kitchen” by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Cait Johnson. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions Press.
Adapted from “Witch in the Kitchen” by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001).


Ken W.
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Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Cait, for Sharing this!

Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago

thanks for info

Genoveva M.
Genoveva M M4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Jax L.
Jacqueline L4 years ago

Great article, thank you!

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Kamryn M.
Kay M4 years ago

sounds interetesting, thanks.

Michele Wilkinson
Michele W4 years ago

Thank you