I came back from a weekend in Maine with lots (and I mean lots!) of Wild Maine Blueberries. I find them about a million times better than the culivated high bush kind from New Jersey or Michigan or where ever else they are grown. In addition to the better flavor, I think that because they are smaller, they distribute better in muffins and such. So I made this “coffee cake” like blueberry loaf. Oh so good. Extremely light and fluffy and I am trying not to eat it all at once.
Not as pretty as my last pie on Friday, but it tastes just as good. And is just as juicy. It is the season for pies – well, what season isn’t pie season — as I am a huge fan of berry pies. Blackberries come closer to the end of the berry season and I am happy that I’ve found some good ones this year. Very juicy. The almonds, toasted separately, add a lovely crunch too.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again: If I were to ever open a bakery, I’d name is The Cheeky Little Tart. For some reason, I just find that funny. 🙂 And today, I made this cheeky little tart. My roommate has been working crazy long hours and I thought thought that maybe she would appreciate a little pie in her life. And she loves blueberries. Pie cures most ills, as I always say (although in her case, maybe sleep would be good too!)
A few weeks ago, I made Red Currant Crumble Bars. They were delicious. They were originally adapted from a Raspberry Crumble bar type, so I thought, what the heck, this must work with pretty much any fruit or berry, so I gave it a shot with apricots. Added the hazelnuts on a whim, and they added a nice crunch.
We interrupt this summer of fresh flavors do to a year-round recipe: Roasted Cashew Chocolate Heart Cookies. Based on a recipe for peanut butter cookies, I thought I’d swap out the type of nut butter. This does not always work well. Some nuts have greater protein or more or less oil than others, so it’s not exactly a precise science. In fact, I ended up having the add an additional half cup of flour to make this come together correctly, and even so, they spread more than I would have liked. That said, they *taste* even better to me than peanut butter cookies. Yum Yum!