Showing posts with label blueberries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blueberries. Show all posts

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Summer Berry Charcuterie Board / #BerryWeek

 Today is the last day of #BerryWeek! It has been such fun with so many berry recipes to share. My list of ones I want to try has gotten longer with each day! If you missed any of them, you might want to check out the recipe I shared Monday, Summer Berry Salsa. This recipe is a great way to enjoy several berries at a time, in one recipe! If you are a fan of easy to make pastry, you will want to bake up some of my Blueberry Breakfast Pastries, which I shared on Wednesday.  The pastry cream is homemade and the pastry is store bought dough, cutting down on the time it takes to put it all together, but not the taste.

With the fun and tasty #BerryWeek coming to an end, I want to share my Summer Berry Charcuterie Board with you.  If you have ever made a charcuterie board, you know how much fun it is to put them together. It takes thought and creativity to design the perfect board, and it also takes time to collect the items you need for the board, but it is all worth it. In the end, the board looks like an art project, too pretty to eat, but that won't last long! The main objective is to have fun and create something your family and friends will enjoy!

Summer Berry Charcuterie Board 
(serves 3-4 )
(printable recipe at end of page)
Ingredients: 
Fresh Summer Berries:
Strawberries
Raspberries
Blueberries
Blackberries
Chocolate Candy Pieces
Mini Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate Cookie Brittle
Cashews
Creme de Pirouline Dark Chocolate Rolled Wafers
Sauce:
1/2 cup Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup Whipped Topping
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 

Start by placing fruit on your tray. You want it to look visibly appealing to the eye. When it is fruit you are dealing with, it seems like all the colors go together quite well. Stack your fruit up a bit, as if they are in piles. By stacking them you are creating height, making them visually appealing. You are basically creating a pretty picture that your guests can not resist!

Add different textures to your canvas. The nuts are perfect because they are such an opposite to the softness of the fruit. Your guests will love both textures. The chocolate brittle adds double chocolate flavor, which most guests love! Let's face it. It is difficult to walk past chocolate and not want to grab a bite! The chocolate brittle also adds a hard texture against the fruit.

Red and blue go so well together that I had to put them side by side. The blueberries are soft and juicy and the fresh strawberries with their green stems just create it's own little picture. I used the chocolate cookies as a border to contrast the softness of the fruit. 

These rolled wafers are a great addition to the board because they create height. They direct our gaze to move up from the plate, resulting in your guests taking in the entire picture. 

Every board needs a dip or two. Because this board is on the small side, I thought one would be enough. This dip is super easy to make with only three ready made ingredients. Soften the cream cheese, mix in the frozen dessert topping and add the vanilla! Refrigerate before serving!

This is one way to put together a charcuterie tray. It can be difficult to take the first step in designing your tray. Once you decide on a theme or a certain item you are serving, it will fall into place. I will admit, I spent a lot of time walking around a couple stores trying to buy the items for this board, but after I did, the ideas came rushing into my mind, making a clear path for my end result. This will happen to you also.  Besides, there is no wrong way to create a Summer Berry Charcuterie Board. If you are happy with it, then it is right. Have fun with it!

Check out these Summer Berry Recipes from some blogging friends:

Friday Berry Week Recipes








Smmer Berry Charcuterie Board
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Smmer Berry Charcuterie Board

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Ingredients:

  • Fresh Summer Berries:
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Chocolate Candy Pieces
  • Mini Chocolate Cookies
  • Chocolate Cookie Brittle
  • Cashews
  • Creme de Pirouline Dark Chocolate Rolled Wafers
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Whipped Topping
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

  1. Start by placing fruit on your tray. You want it to look visibly appealing to the eye. When it is fruit you are dealing with, it seems like all the colors go together quite well. Stack your fruit up a bit, as if they are in piles. By stacking them you are creating height, making them visually appealing. You are basically creating a pretty picture that your guests can not resist!
  2. Add different textures to your canvas. The nuts are perfect because they are such an opposite to the softness of the fruit. Your guests will love both textures. The chocolate brittle adds double chocolate flavor, which most guests love! Let's face it. It is difficult to walk past chocolate and not want to grab a bite! The chocolate brittle also adds a hard texture against the fruit.
  3. Red and blue go so well together that I had to put them side by side. The blueberries are soft and juicy and the fresh strawberries with their green stems just create it's own little picture. I used the chocolate cookies as a border to contrast the softness of the fruit.
  4. These rolled wafers are a great addition to the board because they create height. They direct our gaze to move up from the plate, resulting in your guests taking in the entire picture.
  5. Every board needs a dip or two. Because this board is on the small side, I thought one would be enough. This dip is super easy to make with only three ready made ingredients. Soften the cream cheese, mix in the frozen dessert topping and add the vanilla! Refrigerate before serving!
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Blueberry and Cream Breakfast Pastry / #BerryWeek

I hope you are enjoying #BerryWeek, and finding a lot of "must try" recipes! Monday I shared a recipe that is the perfect topper for a bowl of ice cream on a warm summer evening, Very Berry Salsa! I hope you will give it a try. It is super easy and very refreshing! 

Today's recipe is a little different. Blueberry and Cream Breakfast Pastry! Using fresh blueberries and homemade pastry cream, I decided to go with a pre-made crescent dough to make this recipe easier, allowing you more time to enjoy the incredible flavors and tastes that are the Blueberry and Cream Breakfast Pastry. You will want to make this over and over once you see how easy it is! Let's get started!



Blueberry Breakfast Pastry  
(printable recipe at end of page)
(makes 4-5 pastries)

 2 cups Milk
1/4 cup Sugar
2 Egg Yolks
1 Egg
1/4 cup Cornstarch
1/3 cup Sugar
2 tablespoon Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 package Crescent Dough
Fresh Blueberries
Semi Sweet Chocolate



Stir together the milk and 1/4 cup of sugar using a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil using medium heat.

 In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and egg.


In a separate bowl stir together the cornstarch and 1/3 cup of sugar. Then pour the mix into the egg and whisk until smooth. Your milk should be at boil about now. Take the milk from the heat and slowly drizzle it into the bowl in a thin stream. Drizzling it slowly will keep the eggs liquid. If you pour too quickly, the eggs will begin to cook. You don't want that!


Pour the mix back into the saucepan. Slowly bring it to a boil, stirring constantly. Stirring constantly will prevent the eggs from curdling and/or the sauce burning on the bottom. As the mix boils it thickens. Once it is thick, remove it from the heat. You will know when it is thick enough. It will have a pudding consistency. Add butter and vanilla, stirring until it is completely melted and blended.

Pour the cream into a heat proof container.

Place a piece of plastic wrap on the top of the pastry cream to prevent skin forming. Refrigerate until cold.

When you are ready to make your pastry, unroll the dough on a cutting board.

Cut the dough into any size you want. I cut them to about a 3"x4" piece. Spread pastry cream over the pieces of dough.

Top the pastry cream with some blueberries. Starting at the bottom, roll the dough strips as shown on the left. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes, but all ovens are different, so watch your pastries closely.

Melt the semi sweet chocolate in a double boiler. Drizzle over the pastry before serving. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining me for #BerryWeek! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and please let me know what you think if you try it!

Don't forget to check out all my fellow bakers and their amazingly delicious recipes they are sharing today! Here is the lip smacking list:

Wednesday Berry Week Recipes





Blueberry and Cream Breakfast Pastry
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Blueberry and Cream Breakfast Pastry

Yield: approx. 6
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 package Crescent Dough
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate

Instructions:

  1. Stir together the milk and 1/4 cup of sugar using a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil using medium heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl stir together the cornstarch and 1/3 cup of sugar. Then pour the mix into the egg and whisk until smooth. Your milk should be at boil about now. Take the milk from the heat and slowly drizzle it into the bowl in a thin stream. Drizzling it slowly will keep the eggs liquid. If you pour too quickly, the eggs will begin to cook. You don't want that!
  4. Pour the mix back into the saucepan. Slowly bring it to a boil, stirring constantly. Stirring constantly will prevent the eggs from curdling and/or the sauce burning on the bottom.
  5. As the mix boils it thickens. Once it is thick, remove it from the heat. You will know when it is thick enough. It will have a pudding consistency. Add butter and vanilla, stirring until it is completely melted and blended.
  6. Pour the cream into a heat proof container.
  7. Place a piece of plastic wrap on the top of the pastry cream to prevent skin forming. Refrigerate until cold.
  8. When you are ready to make your pastry, unroll the dough on a cutting board.
  9. Cut the dough into any size you want. I cut them to about a 3x4" piece. Spread pastry cream over the pieces of dough.
  10. Top the pastry cream with some blueberries. Starting at the bottom, roll the dough strips as shown on the left. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes, but all ovens are different, so watch your pastries closely.
  11. Melt the semi sweet chocolate in a double boiler. Drizzle over the pastry before serving.
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Friday, July 19, 2019

Blueberry Lemon Curd Dessert Egg Rolls / #BlueberryWeek




Today is the last day of #BlueberryWeek, and I am so excited to share my Blueberry Lemon Curd  Dessert Egg Rolls with you! This recipe is tasty and fun to eat! You will also love the fact that so much of this recipe can be made ahead of time. You can make both the Lemon Curd and the Blueberry Sauce, and keep them in the refrigerator until you are ready to put the egg rolls together and fry them. Whether you are serving these egg rolls to guests or making them for your family, they make dessert fun!

Blueberry Lemon Curd Dessert Egg Rolls
 (makes 10-12 Egg Rolls)
(printable recipe at end of page)

 Lemon Curd
1/3 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Cornstarch
2 teaspoons finely shredded Lemon Peel
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Butter
2 Eggs 

Blueberry Sauce 
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
4 cups Blueberries
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice

Additional Ingredients 
Egg Roll Wrappers
Confectioners Sugar
1-2 tablespoons Butter, melted


Place the two eggs into a medium size bowl. Beat the eggs, and set aside. In a saucepan, on medium heat, mix together the sugar and cornstarch, then add in the lemon peel and lemon juice. Add the butter.
Stir until the sauce becomes thick and bubbly. You may have to turn up the heat, but make sure to not turn it too high. You don't want to burn it.
Pour half of the lemon mix into the bowl with the eggs. Mix together with a whisk.
Pour the egg mix back into the pan. Cook it for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. 
Take the pan off the heat. Cover with wax paper and let cool. 
Mix the sugar and cornstarch together in a saucepan on medium heat. Add blueberries and lemon juice. 
Stir until the mix thickens and is boiling. Boil for one minute, stirring the entire time. Take off the heat and let cool.
Place a tablespoon of cooled lemon curd in the middle of each egg roll wrap. Use the back of a spoon to swipe the curd over the wrap.
Add blueberry sauce on top of the curd, and roll each egg roll. Seal the edges of the egg roll with the melted butter. I used a healthy amount of the sauce for each roll, approx. 2-3 tablespoons. There is no wrong amount. Fry the egg rolls in a deep fryer, or fry in a frying pan with 2-3" of oil heated to approx. 350 degrees. Keep turning the egg rolls to ensure they are completely fried.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle the tops of the egg rolls with more blueberry sauce! Enjoy!

Thank you for joining me this week as I got together with fellow bloggers to celebrate #BlueberryWeek! If you use this hashtag you can find recipes from any of us, that you may have missed. Check out today's recipes below!



Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures for hosting #BlueberryWeek. More than 20 top notch bloggers are sharing a variety of blueberry recipes from breakfast to dessert. Follow #BlueberryWeek on social media so you don't miss one delicious recipe.
Breakfast
Drinks
Sauces and Spreads
Dinner
Dessert
  • Blueberry Cheesecake Bars by Cookaholic Wife
  • Blueberry Skillet Cookie by Crumb Top Baking
  • Blueberry Pie Fudge by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
  • Blueberry Buckle by Savory Moments
  • Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Tart by Sweet Beginnings
  • Roasted Blueberry Ice Cream by Daily Dish Recipes
  • Vegan Blueberry Coconut Pie by The Baking Fairy
  • Blueberry Lemon Curd Dessert Egg Rolls by The Freshman Cook
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  • Blueberry Lemon Curd Dessert Egg Rolls

    Yield: 10-12
    Author:

    ingredients:

    Lemon Curd
    • 1/3 cup Sugar
    • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
    • 2 teaspoons finely shredded Lemon Peel
    • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
    • 1/4 cup Butter
    • 2 Eggs
    Blueberry Sauce
    • 1/2 cup Sugar
    • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
    • 4 cups Blueberries
    • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
    Additional Ingredients
    • Egg Roll Wrappers
    • Confectioners Sugar
    • 1-2 tablespoons Butter, melted (to close egg rolls)

    instructions:

    How to cook Blueberry Lemon Curd Dessert Egg Rolls

    1. Place the two eggs into a medium size bowl. Beat the eggs, and set aside. In a saucepan, on medium heat, mix together the sugar and cornstarch, then add in the lemon peel and lemon juice. Add the butter.
    2. Stir until the sauce becomes thick and bubbly. You may have to turn up the heat, but make sure to not turn it too high. You don't want to burn it.
    3. Pour half of the lemon mix into the bowl with the eggs. Mix together with a whisk.
    4. Pour the egg mix back into the pan. Cook it for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
    5. Take the pan off the heat. Cover with wax paper and let cool.
    6. Mix the sugar and cornstarch together in a saucepan on medium heat. Add blueberries and lemon juice.
    7. Stir until the mix thickens and is boiling. Boil for one minute, stirring the entire time. Take off the heat and let cool.
    8. Place a tablespoon of cooled lemon curd in the middle of each egg roll wrap. Use the back of a spoon to swipe the curd over the wrap.
    9. Add blueberry sauce on top of the curd, and roll each egg roll. Seal the edges of the egg roll with the melted butter. I used a healthy amount of the sauce for each roll, approx. 2-3 tablespoons. There is no wrong amount.  Fry the egg rolls in a deep fryer, or fry in a frying pan with 2-3" of oil heated to approx. 350 degrees. Keep turning the egg rolls to ensure they are completely fried. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle the tops of the egg rolls with more blueberry sauce! Enjoy!
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Blueberry Lemon Naan Bread Appetizer / #BlueberryWeek

If you are a blueberry lover, this is the week for you! I have joined in with some blogging friends to offer a fun and tasty week of blueberry recipes! There are so many lip smacking blueberry ideas to check out, that I think I need a trip to the market for more berries!

I am starting the week with a Blueberry Lemon Naan Bread Appetizer. It is definitely on the sweet side of appetizers, and I think it would make an excellent dessert also. I used a new favorite product I found, called Naan Dippers. They are little Naan Breads that are only 2-3 bites in size. 

This recipe can be made in small pockets of time. The creamy topping and the chunky blueberry sauce can be made and refrigerated until it is time for your event.

 Blueberry Lemon Naan Bread Appetizer
 (makes 10-15 appetizers)
 (printable recipe at end of page)

 Creamy Topping
12 ounces Cream Cheese, softened 
6 tablespoons Sour Cream, softened
2 tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Blueberry Sauce
1/2 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
1 pint fresh Blueberries
1/2 teaspoon Cornstarch
1 teaspoon Water
1 tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice 

Naan Bread Dippers
additional Lemon Zest and Blueberries for topping 


 
Mix together the softened cream cheese and the sour cream. Add in the sugar and the vanilla. Refrigerate until ready to assemble the dish.
 In a medium size pan, add the sugar and the lemon zest. Bring it to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. You will want to do this on a medium low to medium heat. You want to be careful not to burn the sugar. (don't ask me how I know!!)
Add the blueberries and cook over medium heat, lightly crushing the berries as you are stirring. Do this for about 10 minutes. The berries should be soft be then. While you are waiting the ten or so minutes, add the corn starch and water together in a small bowl. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and cook until it has thickened just a bit and it is slightly shiny. You will feel it has thickened as you are stirring. Add the lemon juice, stir it into the mix and remove the pan from the heat. Let cool. If you are making ahead, refrigerate.
The naan breads are really too small for the toaster. If you have a toaster oven you might be able to toast them in there. I used the method of toasting in a dry fry pan. Heat the pan, but do not add anything else. Once it is warm, add the breads. Keep an eye on them, turning them whenever you think is best, depending on how toasted you want them. They take approximately 3 minutes per side. If you don't want the breads toasted, the appetizer will still taste fantastic. The toasting helps keep the breads stiff for eating.
Use a #3M size decorating tip and a decorating bag to squiggle the cream mix onto the toasted Naan bread. You could also spread it on with a knife.
I placed approximately a teaspoon of sauce in the middle of the cream. If you put too much, the blueberry mix will start to fall off. 
 Add a berry or two wherever you think it may need it on each of the breads. Add some lemon zest to make it look pretty. See how the blueberry sauce is following in the lines on the cream made from the #3M decorating tip. That is why I used that tip. I was looking for that effect. 

I hope you will give this recipe a try. If you are a blueberry lover, I know you will love this Blueberry Lemon Naan Bread Appetizer! Let me know what you think and don't forget to keep reading to find many more blueberry recipes to enjoy!



Thank you to Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures for hosting #BlueberryWeek. More than 20 top notch bloggers are sharing a variety of blueberry recipes from breakfast to dessert. Follow #BlueberryWeek on social media so you don't miss one delicious recipe.

Blueberry Week Recipes
Breakfast
Drinks and Appetizers
Sauces and Spreads
Dinner
Dessert





 Thank you for stopping by today!






Blueberry Lemon Naan Bread Appetizer

Yield: 10-15
Author:

ingredients:

Creamy Topping
  • 12 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons Sour Cream, softened
  • 2 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
Blueberry Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 pint fresh Blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice
Additional Items Needed
  • Naan Bread Dippers
  • additional Lemon Zest and Blueberries for topping

instructions:

How to cook Blueberry Lemon Naan Bread Appetizer

  1. Mix together the softened cream cheese and the sour cream. Add in the sugar and the vanilla. Refrigerate until ready to assemble the dish.
  2. In a medium size pan, add the sugar and the lemon zest. Bring it to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. You will want to do this on a medium low to medium heat. You want to be careful not to burn the sugar.
  3. Add the blueberries and cook over medium heat, lightly crushing the berries as you are stirring. Do this for about 10 minutes. The berries should be soft be then. While you are waiting the ten or so minutes, add the corn starch and water together in a small bowl. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and cook until it has thickened just a bit and it is slightly shiny. You will feel it has thickened as you are stirring. Add the lemon juice, stir it into the mix and remove the pan from the heat. Let cool. If you are making ahead, refrigerate.
  4. The naan breads are really too small for the toaster. If you have a toaster oven you might be able to toast them in there. I used the method of toasting in a dry fry pan. Heat the pan, but do not add anything else. Once it is warm, add the breads. Keep an eye on them, turning them whenever you think is best, depending on how toasted you want them. They take approximately 3 minutes per side. If you don't want the breads toasted, the appetizer will still taste fantastic. The toasting helps keep the breads stiff for eating.
  5. Use a #3M size decorating tip and a decorating bag to squiggle the cream mix onto the toasted Naan bread. You could also spread it on with a knife.
  6. I placed approximately a teaspoon of sauce in the middle of the cream. If you put too much, the blueberry mix will start to fall off.
  7. Add a berry or two wherever you think it may need it on each of the breads. Add some lemon zest to make it look pretty. See how the blueberry sauce is following in the lines on the cream made from the #3M decorating tip. That is why I used that tip. I was looking for that effect.
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