Dessert Cowboy Caviar

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If you’re looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!

If you're looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!

Have you ever had Cowboy Caviar? My guess is you have even if you didn’t know what you were eating was Cowboy Caviar. If you don’t know what Cowboy Caviar is, allow me to tell you. It’s basically an appetizer or side dish made from beans, tomatoes, corn, avocado, and cilantro. You serve it up cold and it makes a great addition to any summer potluck.

If you're looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!

Well, I wanted to get a bit crazy and make something that had the look and feel of Cowboy Caviar but tasted nothing like it. I’m happy to say this recipe was a total success.

If you're looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!

In order to go for the look and feel of Cowboy Caviar, but to make it into a dessert, I made the following substitutions: dark chocolate chips for the black beans, kiwi for the avocado, strawberry for the tomato, banana for the corn, the blueberries ended up looking like olives (an unintentional win), and I used fresh mint in lieu of cilantro. I held all the flavors together with my secret ingredient – lemon curd.

If you're looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!

I served this lovely treat up with some cinnamon pita chips. Not only did it end up looking exactly as I had envisioned, it tasted even better than I had hoped!

If you're looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!

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If you're looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!
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Blueberry Dump Cake

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This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.

Four simple ingredients and only a few minutes of prep time are all you need to create this mouthwatering BLUEBERRY DUMP CAKE. It’s a perfect summer dessert!

Four simple ingredients and only a few minutes of prep time are all you need to create this mouthwatering BLUEBERRY DUMP CAKE. It's a perfect summer dessert!

Oh wonderful dump cake, where have you been all my life? Had I known it could be this easy to throw together such a delicious naughty dessert, I’m positively sure I’d be a good ten pounds heavier than I am today. This was my first, and certainly not my last, dump cake. What is a dump cake, you may be wondering? Well, you basically dump a box of cake mix on your fruit of choice, cover it with melted butter, cook it to golden perfection, and then try not to eat the whole thing in one sitting.

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Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad

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Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries?

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries? I can’t get enough summer produce. I only go to the farmer’s market once a week and I’m thinking I need to start making that trip twice a week. What’s been happening is that I buy so much amazing produce – including all the fruits and veggies I use in this salad like the greens, blueberries, asparagus, and sugar snap peas (all locally grown organically) – that we eat nothing but produce on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday when I arrive home from the market. By Wednesday all of  it is either gone or starting to turn, and come Thursday, Friday, and Saturday I’m digging through my pantry for dinner. Nope. I must start making bi-weekly trips to the farmer’s market!

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries?

I through the salad above with the items I had in my refrigerator. I had bought a bundle of asparagus and blanched it in boiling water for just a minute and then transferred it to an ice water bath to stop the cooking. If you’ve never done this, its a quick and easy way to ever-so-slightly cook your asparagus and make it vibrant green. I’ve also been snacking on as many sugar snap peas as I can find, but they are also a great addition to salads. I always toss in some cheese and feta is a healthy choice that adds creaminess. Also, during the summer, I almost always incorporate fruit. But there was one thing missing – nuts. I love nuts in my salads because of the added crunch but also because they make me feel full longer.

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries?

I recently partnered with Diamond of California and picked up these four Shake & Spoon containers (you can find them at Target). Those of you who know me know that I live in Portland, Oregon, but I’m a California girl at heart and I grew up eating these nuts. I love these little containers with their dual flip tip lid for shaking or spooning, especially for things like salads or oatmeal (and on top of ice cream sundaes, of course). They are premium quality, raw unsalted nuts – my favorite kind! Bonus – all 4 varieties Non-GMO Project Certified.

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries? Now all the salad needed was an amazing dressing. Once you start making your own homemade dressings, you’ll never want to go back to store bought versions. This one, along with my strawberry basil vinaigrette, is filled with nothing but healthy wholesome ingredients that you can feel good about eating.

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries? The vinaigrette might be a tad thicker than what you’re used to. If you prefer a thinner dressing, just add equal parts of white balsamic and olive oil to thin it out.

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries? I can honestly say this was my most favorite salad so far this summer, but its only June which leaves a couple of months to go above and beyond!

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries?

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Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries?
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Recipe type: side dish, salad
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
Vinaigrette:
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons high quality olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1-2 sprigs of parsley and/or basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Summer salad:
  • greens
  • blanched asparagus
  • sugar snap peas
  • feta cheese
  • fresh blueberries
  • Diamond slivered almonds
Instructions
  1. To make vinaigrette, combine all ingredients in blender. Process until smooth.
  2. Makes enough for four small salads.
  3. To make salad, pile as much or as little of the salad ingredients listed above according to preference in a large bowl and top with vinaigrette.

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries?
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Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Bread Pudding

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This Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Bread Pudding made with fresh berries is a rich and delicious make ahead breakfast casserole your family will love.

This Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Bread Pudding made with fresh berries is a rich and delicious make ahead breakfast casserole your family will love.This post will be about things that I love. I love fresh blueberries. They’re tart yet sweet. They’re full of antioxidants. They’re easy to pick – either off a bush or from a carton at the store (that’s what I did this time around). And they are delicious by the handful or cooked in a dessert or breakfast.

This Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Bread Pudding made with fresh berries is a rich and delicious make ahead breakfast casserole your family will love.I also love bread. I would say I have a love/hate relationship with bread. I know I need to cut back on the carbs if I want to lose a few pounds, but bread is a love of my life. Why must it be so dang irresistible? Especially a wonderful crusty Italian loaf like this one.

This Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Bread Pudding made with fresh berries is a rich and delicious make ahead breakfast casserole your family will love.

Another thing that I love? Bread pudding. Now, I debated whether to call this bread pudding or french toast casserole. I stuck with bread pudding because it was just so darn rich. I mean, when you combine whole milk ricotta, heavy cream, eggs, and sugar, you end up with the most incredible base to soak your bread in. I wanted to call it a french toast because that’s how we ate it. I served it up for breakfast with some pure maple syrup and my kids devoured it. And while we’re on the topic of love, I love make ahead breakfasts. Much like I love preparing coffee the night before and hitting a single button in the morning as I reach for it with half awake eyes… It puts a huge smile on my face to wake up and know that all I have to do is slide something into the oven and less than an hour later we’ll be enjoying a wonderful breakfast treat.

This Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Bread Pudding made with fresh berries is a rich and delicious make ahead breakfast casserole your family will love.And the last thing that I love? Well, even though I made this recipe with fresh blueberries because its summer time, you can just as easily use frozen berries which means you can enjoy this bread pudding, errr french toast casserole, any time of the year!  If you love bread pudding, you’ll have to try this amazing savory bread pudding or this  berry bread pudding recipe as well. If you’re more in the make ahead french toast camp, I’ve done a ton of those too – campire blueberry peach french toast, cranberry cream cheese french toast, raspberry baked french toast, stuffed pumpkin french toast, and last but not least, banana macadamia french toast.

This Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Bread Pudding made with fresh berries is a rich and delicious make ahead breakfast casserole your family will love.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
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This Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Bread Pudding made with fresh berries is a rich and delicious make ahead breakfast casserole your family will love.
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (16 ounce) loaf Italian bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 (16 ounce) tub whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • just and zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine ricotta, eggs, cream, sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice and zest. Add bread pieces and stir well to fully coat and absorb.
  2. Butter an 11x17 casserole dish. Add half of the bread mixture and spread to an even layer. Sprinkle most of the blueberries on top, reserving a handful for the top. Cover with remaining bread mixture. Be sure to also add any of the remaining ricotta mixture as well. Cover with remaining blueberries.
  3. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour, however this is best if refrigerated the night before.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake in preheated oven just until golden brown, about 45 minutes.
  5. Serve warm with pure maple syrup or powdered sugar with a squeeze of lemon.
This Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Bread Pudding made with fresh berries is a rich and delicious make ahead breakfast casserole your family will love.
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Mini No Bake Cheesecakes

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These lemon blueberry swirl Mini No Bake Cheesecakes only take a few minutes to make and are the perfect quick and easy dessert.

These lemon blueberry swirl Mini No Bake Cheesecakes only take a few minutes to make and are the perfect quick and easy dessert.

I get my recipe inspiration from all sorts of places. Wanna know why I wanted to make these mini no bake cheesecakes?  Well, there are two reasons. First, I have been making pumpkin everything lately and I needed a break. I wanted an easy dessert that didn’t have anything to do with fall. No pumpkin. No squash. No root vegetables. The other part of my inspiration actually came about because I was walking through Target and saw that Inside Out just came out on Blueray/DVD! What on earth does a mini no bake cheesecake have to do with that movie?  Well let me tell you.

These lemon blueberry swirl Mini No Bake Cheesecakes only take a few minutes to make and are the perfect quick and easy dessert.

I took my kids to see Inside Out when it was playing in the theater. If you haven’t seen it, the movie is exceptional and not just because its entertaining. The story is incredibly insightful and I can imagine every family can relate. The story is about conflicting emotions and how they all play together.

These lemon blueberry swirl Mini No Bake Cheesecakes only take a few minutes to make and are the perfect quick and easy dessert.

Still not following how that translates to this dessert? Well, although the cheesecakes are quite tasty on their own, I wanted to add some flavor. I figured adding a dollop of lemon and blueberry would make them more interesting, but swirling the two flavors together would really take them to the next level.

These lemon blueberry swirl Mini No Bake Cheesecakes only take a few minutes to make and are the perfect quick and easy dessert.

Get the connection? On their own, each flavor is good, but mix it around and not only is each bite different, but each bite is wonderful in its own way. That was my way of connecting a fun little dessert that I knew my kids would love with the message of the movie.

These lemon blueberry swirl Mini No Bake Cheesecakes only take a few minutes to make and are the perfect quick and easy dessert.

Needless to say, any dessert that only takes a few minutes to throw together makes me very happy.

These lemon blueberry swirl Mini No Bake Cheesecakes only take a few minutes to make and are the perfect quick and easy dessert.

You can use any toppings you like, and if you’re looking for something quick and easy, just use jam and lemon curd!

These lemon blueberry swirl Mini No Bake Cheesecakes only take a few minutes to make and are the perfect quick and easy dessert.

We had Friday movie night like we do every week, and we got to enjoy these awesome little treats while we watched the movie.

These lemon blueberry swirl Mini No Bake Cheesecakes only take a few minutes to make and are the perfect quick and easy dessert.

I’m really happy I got the DVD at Target because not only is Target is the perfect one-stop-shop for all your movie night needs (snacks, plate, even a new blanket!), but also because the Inside Out DVDs and Blu-Rays purchased at Target include 20 minutes of exclusive bonus content and deleted scenes. Win!

These lemon blueberry swirl Mini No Bake Cheesecakes only take a few minutes to make and are the perfect quick and easy dessert.

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These lemon blueberry swirl Mini No Bake Cheesecakes only take a few minutes to make and are the perfect quick and easy dessert.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 mini graham cracker shells
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Optional toppings include sweetened blueberry puree, lemon curd, jam
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attached, blend cream cheese and lemon juice until smooth. Scrap sides, add heavy cream, and switch from the paddle to the whisk. Blend on medium high speed until well blended and fluffy. Add sugar and continue to blend until smooth.
  2. Spoon filling into shells and spread to create an even layer.
  3. If desired, add a small amount of topping and swirl with a knife or a toothpick. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.

These lemon blueberry swirl Mini No Bake Cheesecakes only take a few minutes to make and are the perfect quick and easy dessert.
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Blueberry Peach Crisp

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Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you've ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit!

Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you’ve ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit!

Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you've ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit! 

I’m not sure this has ever been properly defined, but I’ve always interpreted a Crisp to be made with oats and a Cobbler to be made without oats. Is that how you see it as well? If given the choice, I’ve always preferred a fruit cobbler over a crisp. There’s just something extra naughty about the non-oat version of this summer time dessert that pleased me. If you’re worried that the addition of oats with all that fruit might make this more of a “healthy” dessert, well, don’t worry. There’s plenty of butter and sugar to dismantle that thought. Despite my preference for my non-oat version, I thought this dessert was absolutely delicious, as did my entire family. And when you serve it warm with scoop of vanilla bean ice cream – pure heaven.Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you've ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit! 

To make a good cobbler, you must have good fruit, and boy does this beautiful state of Oregon deliver. I bought a HUGE box of peaches to can (hopefully I can actually take photos next time so that I can share how I do that with you) but I couldn’t not make a dessert with all of that beautiful stone fruit. I’ve always thought peaches pair extremely well with berries, plus the color contrast is pleasing to me, so I tossed in fresh blueberries as well. Of course, using frozen fruit is always an option.
Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you've ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit! 

Next comes the buttery-sugary-oat topping. I’m not lying when I tell you that I could probably eat a bowl of that stuff – raw. I’m kinda crazy like that. This time, though, I showed some restraint and allowed it to cook on my dessert.Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you've ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit! 

The result was a perfectly proportioned summer fruit crisp that was so darn delicious with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream that, once again, I was in dessert heaven. YUM.Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you've ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit!

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.

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Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you've ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit!
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups fresh peaches, skinned and sliced
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place peaches and blueberries in a baking dish. Mix sugar and corn starch together and sprinkle over fruit. Add vanilla and lemon juice, stir to combine.
  3. Mix oats, flour, and brown sugar together in a small bowl. Add butter and mix to combine until mixture is crumbly. Spread over fruit mixture.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, until fruit mixture is thick and the topping is golden brown.
  5. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

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Blueberry Ginger Bellini

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This gorgeous Blueberry Ginger Bellini uses blueberries & blueberry juice paired with fresh ginger to make a refreshing non-alcoholic or boozy cocktail.

This gorgeous Blueberry Ginger Bellini uses blueberries & blueberry juice paired with fresh ginger to make a refreshing non-alcoholic or boozy cocktail.

This gorgeous Blueberry Ginger Bellini uses blueberries & blueberry juice paired with fresh ginger to make a refreshing non-alcoholic or boozy cocktail. 

You know I love my cocktails. I love them when they’re easy, I love them when they’re pretty, and I love them when they’re plentiful.This gorgeous Blueberry Ginger Bellini uses blueberries & blueberry juice paired with fresh ginger to make a refreshing non-alcoholic or boozy cocktail. 

When you add fresh ginger to anything, it gives it a real bite, but the flavor is quite energizing at the same time. When I made this drink, the ginger flavor really came through, but that was because I shredded up my ginger with my microblade instead of chopping it up with a knife. More surface area = more flavor. If you want the ginger to come across a bit milder, I recommend chopping it into larger pieces. This is a total preference kind of thing and I like to give you options.This gorgeous Blueberry Ginger Bellini uses blueberries & blueberry juice paired with fresh ginger to make a refreshing non-alcoholic or boozy cocktail. 

Although blueberries don’t have seeds that are unpleasant like blackberries or raspberries, I still like to strain my fruit and ginger mixture to get a nice smooth puree.This gorgeous Blueberry Ginger Bellini uses blueberries & blueberry juice paired with fresh ginger to make a refreshing non-alcoholic or boozy cocktail. 

You start by dividing the puree between two glasses. Champagne flutes always make drinks taste better.This gorgeous Blueberry Ginger Bellini uses blueberries & blueberry juice paired with fresh ginger to make a refreshing non-alcoholic or boozy cocktail. 

Then you top with blueberry juice. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s and have no idea if its easy or difficult to find elsewhere as I do 90% of my grocery shopping there.This gorgeous Blueberry Ginger Bellini uses blueberries & blueberry juice paired with fresh ginger to make a refreshing non-alcoholic or boozy cocktail. 

Then, you have to make a critical decision: do you top with sparkling apple cider or do you top with sparkling wine? I suppose it depends greatly on who will be enjoying the cocktail/mocktail. If you’re undecided, you could always add a little of each and call it a day. Whatever tickles your fancy. Either way, this drink is super tasty and quite refreshing!This gorgeous Blueberry Ginger Bellini uses blueberries & blueberry juice paired with fresh ginger to make a refreshing non-alcoholic or boozy cocktail.

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This gorgeous Blueberry Ginger Bellini uses blueberries & blueberry juice paired with fresh ginger to make a refreshing non-alcoholic or boozy cocktail.
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Recipe type: cocktail
Yields: 2 drinks
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced (the smaller the mince, the more intense the ginger flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup blueberry juice, chilled
  • 1 cup sparkling wine (or substitute sparkling apple juice), chilled
Instructions
  1. Mash blueberries with ginger, sugar, and lemon juice. Allow the flavors to blend for at least five minutes, then press through a fine mesh sieve to discard the solids.
  2. Divide the mixture between two champagne flutes. Top with blueberry juice, then sparkling wine.

 

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Easy Quadruple Berry Cobbler

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This Easy Quadruple Berry Cobbler with blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and blueberries is the perfect summer time dessert that everyone will love.

This Easy Quadruple Berry Cobbler with blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and raspberries is the perfect summer time dessert that everyone will love.

This Easy Quadruple Berry Cobbler with blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and blueberries is the perfect summer time dessert that everyone will love.

I got the cutest little all occasion cards that actually have a blackberry cobbler recipe listed on the front. Don’t you think every card should contain a recipe? I do. This was a different recipe than what I use for my typical cobbler, but I wanted to give it a try for two reasons: 1) it had the word easy in the title and during these summer days I’m all about things being as easy as possible and 2) I had exactly 4 cups of blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and raspberries in my refrigerator that had to be cooked up STAT, otherwise I’d have a big fuzzy mess to clean up.

This Easy Quadruple Berry Cobbler with blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and blueberries is the perfect summer time dessert that everyone will love.

You have to admit, exquisite Oregon berries are probably the best in the world. Don’t even try to argue with me about the validity of that fact. I will win.

This Easy Quadruple Berry Cobbler with blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and blueberries is the perfect summer time dessert that everyone will love.

This recipe starts with fresh berries sprinkled with some fresh lemon juice. Easy peasy. Then, the topping is a mixture of egg, sugar and flour. I used a jumbo egg, in fact it was one of those freaky ones that had two yolks in it, and the topping mixture was still pretty dry. Just letting you know so you don’t freak out that its not the consistency of cake batter. The nifty little recipe card above said to drizzle with butter. I wasn’t sure if that meant to melt it or to dot it. I went with the slice-thin-and-distribute-evenly method.

This Easy Quadruple Berry Cobbler with blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and blueberries is the perfect summer time dessert that everyone will love.

And here’s how beautiful the final cobbler was. Is your mouth watering? Mine is.

This Easy Quadruple Berry Cobbler with blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and blueberries is the perfect summer time dessert that everyone will love.

As soon as I was done taking my photos, I devoured every last bit that was in the dish. I earned it after spending those long 5 minutes putting it all together and then waiting patiently for it to bake, don’t you think?

This Easy Quadruple Berry Cobbler with blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and blueberries is the perfect summer time dessert that everyone will love.

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This Easy Quadruple Berry Cobbler with blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and blueberries is the perfect summer time dessert that everyone will love.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups berries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Add berries to a 9x9 baking dish. Toss with lemon juice.
  3. In small bowl, combine flour, sugar, and egg. Mixture will be crumbly. Cover berries with mixture.
  4. Slice butter into thin slices and spread as evenly as possible on top of cobbler mixture.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until golden brown.

 

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Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting

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Add freeze dried blueberries to an already delicious cream cheese frosting  & create a tasty Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting perfect for any kind of cake.

Add freeze dried blueberries to an already delicious cream cheese frosting  & create a tasty Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting perfect for any kind of cake.

Add freeze dried blueberries to an already delicious cream cheese frosting  & create a tasty Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting perfect for any kind of cake. 

I’ve been making cream cheese frosting my entire life. It wasn’t until I actually started this blog that I began measuring my ingredients. To me, cream cheese frosting is one of those gut feel recipes meaning you cream together your butter and cream cheese and then keep adding powdered sugar until it tastes perfect. I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way including that you really need to blend the cream cheese and the butter together well. Just when you think they’re perfect, blend them some more. If not, you’re almost guaranteed to get little globs of cream cheese in your frosting, and no one wants that. I’ve also learned over the years that if you want to make something fruit flavored, its not always in your favor to just add the fruit to see what happens. Imagine if I had dumped a pint of fresh blueberries into my beautifully fluffy cream cheese frosting – it would be a soupy mess.  Kind of what happened when I made my delicious but not-so-thick blood orange frosting. I’ve learned that freeze dried fruit can be a wonderful addition to your baking.Add freeze dried blueberries to an already delicious cream cheese frosting  & create a tasty Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting perfect for any kind of cake. 

If you’ve never bought freeze dried fruit, you can usually find it with the other dried fruits and nuts. You know I love everything at Trader Joe’s so it should be no surprise to you that I bought all my ingredients there. Freeze dried fruit tastes like candy. It crushes up into a fine powder with enough pressure, but I prefer to get a variety of sizes with my crushed freeze dried fruit. It makes a more textural and beautiful final product.Add freeze dried blueberries to an already delicious cream cheese frosting  & create a tasty Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting perfect for any kind of cake. 

When I make my cream cheese frosting, I like to use equal parts cream cheese and unsalted butter, both room temperature. I always put vanilla in, but this time I totally forgot to add it. In the end, I’m glad I omitted the vanilla because I felt the blueberry flavor stood out even more.Add freeze dried blueberries to an already delicious cream cheese frosting  & create a tasty Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting perfect for any kind of cake. 

I packaged it up so nicely in my little disposable frosting back only to find that the tip I put on was too small and a big chunk of blueberry clogged the thing up. It may have been the first time I was able to fill a bag like this without any mess and I couldn’t even use it. I ended up cutting out the tip and just piping the frosting out of the very large hole in the bottom of the bag and it worked perfectly.Add freeze dried blueberries to an already delicious cream cheese frosting  & create a tasty Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting perfect for any kind of cake. 

So there you have it – adding crushed freeze dried fruit to your frosting is the quickest, easiest, prettiest, and most delicious way to flavor your frosting!Add freeze dried blueberries to an already delicious cream cheese frosting  & create a tasty Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting perfect for any kind of cake.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.

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Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting
 
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Add freeze dried blueberries to an already delicious cream cheese frosting & create a tasty Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting perfect for any kind of cake.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1.2 ounce package freeze dried blueberries, crushed
Instructions
  1. Using stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together butter and cream cheese. Just when you think its well blended, scrape sides and continue mixing for another 2-3 minutes. Add in vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add confectioners sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Be sure to start off mixing slow and then increasing speed so you don't make a big mess.
  3. Add crushed freeze dried blueberries and mix well.
  4. Makes enough for a mountain of frosting on 12 cupcakes or a moderate amount on 24 cupcakes.

 

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Summer Berry Pie

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There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

My friend Mindy, you know – the one who won Chopped, of Decadent Creations made this pie for me to share on my blog. I’ll mention chopped every time I mention Mindy because I’m just so damn proud of her. She kinda rocks my world and everything she has ever made has been beyond delicious, this pie being no exception.

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

Nothing quite says summer like a summer berry pie. The first time I bake a berry pie each year, its like a celebration. Especially when living in Oregon, making it through a damp dark winter is quite the emotional feat, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with food.

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

The foundation of any good pie starts with an outstanding all butter pie crust. This crust, just like homemade biscuits, is more about the process and technique than it is about throwing something together. When done properly, though, the flaky layers are absolute heaven.

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

Berry pie is just fabulous. Berries have such a natural balance of both sweet and tart. Their juices explode during the cooking process and absorb into the crust. Throw a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or homemade whipped cream on top and you will think you’re in heaven.

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

Just look at those beautiful flaky layers and the vibrant color. Exquisite, to say the least.

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

This weekend officially marks the opening of strawberry picking season here in Oregon and it will soon be followed by raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.  I can once again go picking and replenish the stock in my freezer that I use year round for delicious smoothies and drinks.

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

Have I motivated you to make your first summer berry pie of the season?  Let me know how it turns out!

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

Summer Berry Pie
 
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There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 1 pie
Ingredients
  • 2 all butter pie crusts
  • 12 oz blueberries
  • 8 oz blackberries
  • 4 oz strawberries
  • 6 oz sugar
  • 1 oz corn starch
  • 1 oz lemon juice
Instructions
Prepare two all butter pie crusts according to directions in the post. Form into puck shapes, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour before use.
Prepare the pie filling:
  1. Combine the berries (fresh or frozen). As much as it pains you, do not wash the fruit, it will add too much moisture. Buy good local organic produce when possible!
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Dump that mixture into the fruit and mix
  3. together immediately to avoid cornstarch lumps. Pour in the lemon juice, mix again. Set the fruit
  4. filling aside.
Roll out the chilled pie crust pucks:
  1. On a very lightly floured work surface, roll out the first puck. 'Quarter­turn' the dough ball after every couple rolls. Sprinkle a small amount of flour as needed.
  2. Roll the crust as circular­ly as you can until it is about 10 inches in diameter. Roll the flattened puck up onto your rolling pin to drape it over the pie tin. Gently let the crust naturally drape into the bottom of the pie tin­ - no stretching motions! Use a knife or pizza cutter to trim the excess draping dough, leaving about an inch to form your crust. Tuck the crust­dough under the outside of the pan and let it perch on top of the rim of your pan. Frilly crusts are over­rated!
  3. Give the pie filling a quick toss just in case the cornstarch has settled in the bottom since you've prepared it. Pour the fruit filling into your freshly­ shaped pie crust bottom. All juices included.
  4. Now, begin to roll out the second pie crust puck (this will be your lattice). The method is the same as the first pie puck roll­out except, you'll be doing one 'double up' as Mindy calls it. This means you'll start to roll the puck, cut it in half, and place one half directly on top of the other, and then continue to roll out the crust. You'll be rolling the crust to approximately the same size as the first puck, but since we've 'doubled­up' it will be quite hard to keep the dough circular. No worries! It doesn't matter for the lattice. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut the flattened 'doubled­-p' puck into long strips that are aprox. 1 inch wide.
  5. Lay the strips in a lattice pattern over the fruit using Mindy's “1..2..3.. cross your middle... cover your sides!” method. You'll have enough strips for your lattice to be approximately 3 strips by 5 strips. Do not fuss over the strips! It's rustic. If one is messed up, nobody will even notice!
  6. Using a bench­scraper or knife, trim the excess lattice. Lightly eggwash (beaten egg yolk + 2 tsp water) the lattice and sprinkle with sugar. Use a pie crust shield or 9 inch tart pan rim to protect your side crust from drying. In a pinch, use aluminum foil.
  7. Bake the pie at 375 F for 1 hour on a sheet tray. The pies like having half their bake time on the top shelf in the oven and half the bake time on the bottom. Do not use parchment, it will make the inevitable mess even messier.
  8. Allow the pie to cool for several hours before cutting into. If the filling is very liquid­y, you've cut into it too soon, come back later.
  9. I think this pie is best eaten the same day or second day. Heat and serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Yum!

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

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