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Blackberry, Apple & Bourbon Cake

Even though it’s the cold season in Guatemala, we are lucky that we get plenty of fruit year round. The last couple of weekends, I’ve been able got get tons of blackberries, and as much as I love them in my morning yogurt with granola, I decided it was time for me to bake something. I was between this recipe and a batch of blackberry muffins that will have to wait ’till I get blueberries again.

I found this recipe for the Blackberry, Apple & Bourbon Cake browsing through Foodily, and after looking at so many recipes, this one caught my eye. Not because it paired blueberries and apples, but because the cake has liqueur in it. More specifically, the apples are soaked in it and then added to the batter. Since I didn’t have apple brandy available, I used  Jack Daniel’s Honey Tennessee since it’s one of my favorites and it so happened I still have some little left. It’s delicious and I absolutely love it. If you can’t find the Honey Tennessee kind, you can use any sweet bourbon you can find, like Jim Beam White, Jack Daniels’, Maker’s Mark, Early Times, Gentleman Jack. As it turns out (now more often than before) I didn’t exactly follow the recipe to the dot. The original by Saveur asks you to make a coulis (or in other words, a blackberry mash), then strain it and then pour it over the cake when serving. As I didn’t have 6 cups of blackberries but just barely 3, I just added the sugary blackberries to the top of the cake, without the juices. And I increased the apples amount to 4 instead of 3 to balance out the lack of blackberries. And it paid off.

This cake has been a success. Dad just mentioned that after hanging out in the dinning/living room area (were I left the cake earlier that day), he just had to get a slice of it before dinner. Then had a second slice after dinner. All is good. He liked the cake. With every bite, you can taste the goodness of the bourbon and the apples, all surrounded with the cake… and the blackberries on top, are just the perfect way seal this cake with goodness.

Kitty

Blackberry, Apple & Bourbon Cake
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Blackberry and Grape Fruit Salad

It was my mom’s birthday last month, and as part of her celebrations I invited her and my sisters over to have breakfast at my apartment.  I browsed through our recipes and decided to make our Chocolate Pancakes (this was a hugely successful recipe), and some Banana Blueberry Pancakes as well.  I used our Blueberry Pancake recipe, and just added 1 pureed banana to the mix.

This post is really about the fruit salad I made, but I also wanted to share photos of everything I served so you can get ideas for your next breakfast or brunch get together. The menu featured store-bought croissants, a platter of cheese, ham and grapes, fruit salad, chocolate pancakes, blueberry-banana pancakes, whipped cream, mango juice and coffee. I also had a little bowl with pastel colored little meringues, just because they looked pretty.  I always try to mix different flavors in all my menus so I had something salty, something sweet and something fresh to offer.

This salad is different from what you would usually expect,  it includes blackberries, plums, and grapes.  I skipped on the blueberries, since all I can get my hands on around here are frozen ones, so I just added more blackberries and I also decided to add some green grapes and almonds to the mix, which gave it a nice pop of color.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Helga

Blackberry & Grape Fruit Salad

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Very Berry Pie (Mixed Berries Pie)

I love pies… Not so much baking them since I am still a bit hesitant on the crust… I know, I know… practice makes perfect, but the two teachers I had for baking were my grandmothers, and they completely rock at it- I am intimidated. So, I cheated for this recipe: I bought pre-made pie crust. If you want to make your own, I’d recommend that you follow this recipe for the Pate Brisee from a recipe that Helga already posted about a year ago.

So, back to topic. Berries are in season, and after browsing for recipes left and right to be able to use the strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries that I had available (I love berries!) I decided to go with a pie. This is a no-hassle worry free pie! The original recipe from the Neely’s has just Strawberries, but I wanted to use all the berries! They make all their recipes look so easy – check their video here – so I knew that it would be great. I also added a tablespoon of Tapioca flour, that way the juices wouldn’t run. If you like the pie to run its juices hold the tapioca flour!

Very Berry Pie

Very Berry Pie
(Mixed Berries Pie)
Recipe adapted from The Neely’s on The Food Network
Serving Size: 8

Ingredients:

2 sheets roll-out pie crust
2 tablespoons butter, melted
White sanding sugar, for top of crust
5 cups of mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries), washed and hulled
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon tapioca flour
Pinch salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Roll out 1 sheet of the pie crust and put in a 9-inch pie plate, crimping the edges for a pretty presentation. Roll out the other sheet and cut into 1/2-inch thick strips with a sharp knife or pastry wheel.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together all of the filling ingredients and pour into the crust.
  4. Arrange the strips over the top of the pie in a lattice pattern, tucking in the edges, or layer the circular shapes on top of the strawberries.
  5. Brush the top with the melted butter and sprinkle the sanding sugar.
  6. Bake the pie for 25 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F and bake until the top is golden brown, another 30 minutes.
  7. Let it cool before serving with Whipped Cream, if desired.

*Notes: For a fancier crust: use a 1 to 1 1/2-inch circular cookie cutter and cut out circles. You can make pretty designs with a Top cutter like this one that will make designs easy for you.

Very Berry Pie

Very Berry Pie

Very Berry Pie

Very Berry Pie

Very Berry Pie

Very Berry Pie

Very Berry Pie

Very Berry Pie

Very Berry Pie

Very Berry Pie

Very Berry Pie

Guest Foodie: Jake Van Ness & Easy to Gobble Cobbler

We were invited to a BBQ Sunday with friends, and that morning we had just watched an episode of Guy’s Big Bite where he prepared this beautiful looking dessert, so Jake knew right away that he was going to make that for the BBQ. The first thing we did, was to get fresh produce: peaches, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and lemon… I even got away and bought oranges and strawberries! And the most important tool, a food processor. It’s huge! We were not expecting to buy the big one, but the price difference was not significant. So, now we’re proud owners of a General Electric food processor that can hold up to 9 cups of chopped vegetables… Ain’t that something!

Kitty

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