Monday, July 20, 2009

Fruit of the vine

Yesterday, my MIL sent over several pounds of fresh blueberries! Apparently, there is a family connection with a blueberry farmer (who knew?). I can't tell you how much I love blueberries!
Because I couldn't control myself, we ended up having blueberry pancakes for dinner last night.
Every single one of those puppies were eaten. Olivia even licked the bottom of her plate!

Late last night, I perused the internet for more blueberry recipes. I found one that seemed easy enough and this morning at 8:00am...I was baking! I found a recipe for Blueberry Crumb Bars from the Smitten Kitchen. The recipe is simple so I'll print it here:

1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
zest and juice of one lemon
4 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch

(Let me tell you right from the start....I did not have a lemon, nor did I have any cornstarch.
The recipe turned out TERRIFIC without either)

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
In a medium bow, stir together 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour and baking powder. Mix in salt and lemon zest. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and the egg. The dough will be crumbly. Pat half of the dough into the prepared pan.

In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently fold in the blueberries. Sprinkle the blueberry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble the remaining dough over the berry layer.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Cool completely (if you can wait that long) before cutting into squares. I recommend serving it with French Vanilla Ice Cream!!!

Here's how mine turned out. Surely not as nice as the Smitten Kitchen....but I bet mine tastes just as good!

I would also like to introduce you to my first crop of cherry tomatoes! I'm very proud! Dan and I decided to try one of those upside down tomato plant "thingy's" and, well, it worked!

Here's the bad news.....I think 4 cherry tomatoes will be considered my bumper crop! Yes ladies and gentlemen.....That's it for this upside down "thingy". It cost us $9.99 for 4 cherry tomatoes.
What a bargain! Sigh......


One last thing, if you haven't entered to win the beautiful Rosary made by Barbara at Praying For Grace, click here to enter!


Gramma 2 Many said...

Blueberries are not for me. Leaves more for you and yours.
As for 2012, we are inching closer day by day, hour by hour, minute by..................

Aussie Therese said...

oh yum yum yum.

I want to make that too.

I wish we had a blueberry connection.

Anonymous said...

Blueberries are delicious! Your dessert looks wonderful - and lots of anti-oxidants in blueberries!!