Thursday, August 15, 2013

What?! Another Blueberry Post? Blueberry Cornmeal Butter Cake.



Hey, what can I say?  My house has smelled like blueberry baked goods for a two weeks now.  I have picked these recipes to be quick and easy (sorry about the ice cream) and a way for you to use up those delicious and nutritious blueberries.  I promise there will be only one more after this one and we will be on to more delicious dishes. 


Today’s blueberry extravaganza is the Blueberry Cornmeal Butter Cake.  This recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks.  “The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook”, has been featured quite a few times this year.  The pages of the cookbook are starting to get a little crunchy and a little soggy.  That, to me is the sign of a fantastic cookbook.  Please see the links below for more fabulous recipes from The Smitten Kitchen and also a link to the blog itself. 


The cake is a combination of a few different cakes.  It has a moist bottom where the blueberries settle and a very crumbly butter top layer.  It is both a cake and a streusel and a cornbread.  The cornmeal in this recipe gives it a nice texture and a little bit of a crunch between your teeth.  It is super addicting and is perfect for breakfast, a snack between lunch and dinner and definitely dessert. 



Monday, August 12, 2013

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream



Here is recipe #2 in all things blueberry!  I still have blueberries in the refrigerator so please stay tuned for more recipes.  This is just a quick post for today.  The ice cream speaks for itself.  The recipe was found in a Cooking Light magazine.  I changed the recipe so it wasn’t so “light”. Please excuse the drips of ice cream on the side of the bowl.  I was super anxious to eat this and I forgot to clean up the edges.  I am sure the “light” version is just as good.  I had whole milk and heavy cream in the refrigerator so I used them.   I will give both versions so you can decide which one you would like to make.  Enjoy!

Also, the ice cream in this picture is the same ice cream in the bottom picture of the post.  I think the lighting in to one on top is quite different.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Blueberry Bonanza Week! It’s All Blueberries!



July is blueberry month in Michigan.  I know it is already August.  August is tomato and peach month.  Don’t worry we will get to them, but for now it is all about the blueberry.  A vitamin, antioxidant packed, powerhouse of a berry-the blueberry graces my table in many different fashions over the course of the summer.  Our favorite way to eat them is straight out of the box.  See the box above?  We could eat that entire thing in one day.  That’s five pounds of berries there folks.  Not a smart thing to do, but it’s hard to stop eating them when you start. 


Now I am one of the lucky ones.  Blueberries these days are expensive.  I have a secret source I get them from (not telling).  So my refrigerator is pretty much stocked for the month of July.  Only one problem with all the blueberries.  What to do with them!  I don’t know how to make jam or can so that is out of the question.  On a side note, if anybody could teach me how to do that, I would pay them in cake.  My only other option is to bake and bake and bake.  Pies, cupcakes, muffins, cakes, crumbles and ice cream.  All of which will get my kids saying, “Blueberries again”?  Yep.


So, in honor of the blueberry, today marks the first in a series of blueberry desserts.  I know I just posted a fabulous Blueberry Strawberry Sherbet (see link below).  That recipe was a perfect segue from strawberry month to blueberry month.  This recipe comes from Martha Stewart.  Again.  Gotta love Martha.  What better way to start the week, but with an old-fashioned lattice top blueberry pie.  I mean look at it!  Its stunning!  The recipe comes from her cookbook “Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts”.  This cookbook is beautiful!  Its an overload of beautiful pies and fillings and sweet and savory.  I would love to make everything in this cookbook.  Maybe some day I will. 


The pie is pretty straight forward.  I used my go to “pate brisee” crust (see link below).  The crust recipe is also a Martha Stewart.  Right now the berries are at their peak, so they don’t need a lot of adornment.  Just some thickener and some sugar and poof!  A pie!  What a pie!  Please try this recipe.  Let me know what you think, and stay tuned for the next tasty blueberry installment.

Here are the links to other blueberry recipes:

Here is the link to the crust recipe as well:

The crust recipe will be near the bottom of the blog post.