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Recipes are originals by Miriam Latour, unless otherwise indicated.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hot Strawberry Soup with Dumplings

I like this dessert, because it isn't too sweet and tastes great topped with sweetened cream or vanilla ice cream.

In a medium sauce pan, bring to a simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes:
4 Cups of fresh strawberries
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Stir together:
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp butter
1/8 cup brown sugar

Drop flour mixture into the simmering strawberry soup. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes or until the tops of the dumplings are dry.

Scoop out and serve with sweetened cream or ice cream.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

I'm counting on blueberries to save my brains and help me live longer and here is why: according to the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center, not only are they higher than most other fruits with antioxidants, but they contain anthocyanin, which gives them their unique color and also slows age-related loss of mental capacity for motor behavioral learning and memory as well as retention of signal-transmitting neurons. Blueberries are great for the urinary tract. have anti-inflammatory properties and help prevent aging diseases and dysfunctions caused by free radicals.

What's not to love about these little blue berries?

2 cups of fresh blueberries (frozen will work too)
2 cups of plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar (to taste)
1 tsp vanilla

Mix this all together in a bowl and freeze according to ice cream maker instructions. My family likes the blueberries whole, but if you would rather have them blended, puree the blueberries before adding them to the mixture.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Crumbly Thing #3: Hot Crumbleberry

Here I go for the third time this month making something with berries and buttery, sugary, crumbly stuff on top. I just can't get enough! I promise this is the last weekend of crummy desserts.

Mix together in a big bowl until crumbly:
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1 cup butter
1/4 tsp salt

Divide the mixture in half. In one of the halves, add:
1 egg
1 T Amaretto

In the other half of mixture add:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar

Press the mixture with the egg into the bottom of a 9 X 13" pan. Bake for 12 minutes at 375ºF. Meanwhile mix together in a bowl:
4 cups of berries (your choice)
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp cornstarch

Spread berries over the warm crust and sprinkle with other half of mixture. Bake at 375ºF for about 45 minutes or until browned.

Serve hot. Especially good topped with vanilla ice cream.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Blueberry Butter Coffee Cake

Another fruity and crumbly dessert for this blog. I must really be craving this kind of thing right now. I admit that I ate most of this cake myself by dashing off pieces of it all day long to eat with my tea. The cake is so rich and buttery and then the flavor of those fresh blueberries and crunchy sugar on top... it was too much to resist.

Sift together:
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Beat together:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream

Combine sifted ingredients with butter mixture until smooth. Spread into buttered spring form pan.

Top the batter with 2 cups of blueberries.

Sprinkle the following mixture over the blueberries:
1 cup brown sugar
4 T flour
5 T butter

Bake in a 350ºF oven for 45 - 50 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan.