I was asked to bring a few desserts to a birthday party, so sticking on the summer theme, I made two very festive kinds: Blueberry Vanilla and Key Lime “Margarita” Cupcakes. I’m adding both recipes to one post, because I served them (and in a rush, remembered to photograph them!) on one platter/tray. Each are different and unique, but still delicious (I think the blueberry ones were more popular!)
As the summer progresses, we move from strawberries to blueberries, and so here is *another* pie. I know, you all are likely getting sick of my pie recipes, but I had to make a birthday treat-not-pie and my best friend is a blueberry-lover, so I came up with this one. Turns out, it might be my favorite pie to date — well, on looks at this point, because I haven’t eaten it yet. But it looks really nice!
I went berry picking again today; summer tradition and all. July means raspberries, blueberries, red and black currants. And the peaches at the orchard / farm that I typically go to are becoming ripe. So, I thought that I would make this Peach Currant Streusel Pie as a surprise present for someone. Peaches were very sweet and the currants are a very nice balance. Yummy.
I thought that I would do a quick and easy giveaway this week, using my all-around go-to brownie recipe, and this time add toffee bits and toasted pecans. I love this brownie recipe — it comes together in minutes, is a million times better than “the box” and it really versatile. And just to be creative, I used a cookie cutter to make the cuts round on these Toffee Pecan Brownie Bites.
Amother bit of bounty from my weekend in Maine: Chanterelle, Gruyère and Thyme Tart with mushrooms that I foraged in the woods myself. Let me start with this disclaimer: If you do not know your wild mushrooms, please don’t go foraging; just buy them in the shops. Even if you know your mushrooms, please be exceptionally careful. I have been “mushroom hunting” with my father since I was a toddler and even I prefer to have a second set of eyes on them.
All that said, this is an absolutely delicious tart and very simple to make. In theory, you could also use straight up crimini from the shops, but the chanterelles have a lovely peppery bite to them. Lunch to wrap up the week.