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Recipe: Blue Corn Pancakes with Vanilla Crema & Raspberry Sauce

Recipe: Blue Corn Pancakes with Vanilla Crema & Raspberry Sauce

Ingredients

Blue Corn Pancakes
1 ½ cups fine-ground blue cornmeal
1 ½ cups boiling water
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 ½ cups all-purpose unbleached flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp Kosher salt
¾ tsp baking soda
4 large eggs, beaten
¾ cup whole milk (or unsweetened coconut milk)
½ cup unsalted butter, melted (let cool a bit) plus more for the griddle
Vanilla Crema
1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
¼ cup Mexican crema, sour cream, or plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
¼ cup pure maple syrup
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
Berry Sauce
2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
¼ cup granulated sugar, taste

Directions

Combine the blue cornmeal with the boiling water and maple syrup. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and melted butter. Add the egg mixture and the cornmeal to the flour mixture. Whisk until just combined (there will be some lumps in the batter.)

Melt a pat of butter in a large cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat. Place 1/3 cup portions of batter onto the hot skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on the tops of the pancakes and the sides look cooked, about 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip and continue to cook for about 2 minutes. Continue until the batter is used up. Pancakes can be kept warm in a 200˚F oven up to 30 minutes. Serve the pancakes with the vanilla cream and raspberry sauce.

Vanilla Crema

Place ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, mix on low speed until the cream starts to thicken then increase speed to medium and whip until soft peaks form 2-3 minutes.

Berry Sauce

Place the berries and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook about 5 minutes and mix with a wooden spoon, the berries will start to release their juices. Add some water to the sauce if needed.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Skillet Brown Sugar Blueberry Cobbler

Recipe: Skillet Brown Sugar Blueberry Cobbler

Ingredients

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp Kosher salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup whole milk
1 cup + 1 tbsp light brown sugar
juice from 1 lemon
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups fresh blueberries
Serve with
freshly whipped cream
vanilla ice cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit with the rack in the middle. Melt the butter in the oven in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. Remove from the oven when it’s melted.

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl: the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl combine the milk, vanilla, lemon juice and 1 cup of the brown sugar. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until smooth. Toss the blueberries with 1 tbsp of brown sugar. Pour the batter into the buttered skillet. Top with the blueberries.

Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool a few minutes then serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Triple Berry Muffins

Recipe: Triple Berry Muffins

Ingredients

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp Kosher salt
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 ¼ cups whole milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ lb 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 cup fresh blueberries
½ cup chopped strawberries
½ cup raspberries
turbinado sugar for topping

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a muffin tin with liners.

Whisk together the dry ingredients: both flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. In another bowl mix together both sugars, melted butter, milk, eggs and vanilla extract. Fold in the berries.

Place 1/3 cup batter in each muffin cup. Top with Turbinado (coarse sugar) Bake for 20-25 minutes. Insert a wooden skewer in the center and if it comes out virtually crumb free then the muffins are done. Let cool a few minutes then transfer the muffins to racks to cool completely.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Homemade Blueberry Pop Tarts

Recipe: Homemade Blueberry Pop Tarts

Ingredients

Pastry Dough
3 ¼ cups AP unbleached flour
1 tbsp baking powder
¼ tsp Kosher salt
¼ cup granulated sugar
8 oz unsalted butter
½ cup corn syrup
Fruit Filling
850 g fresh, frozen, chunks, sliced fruit
cup (75 g) light brown sugar or granulated sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon or ginger
1 pinch Kosher salt
2 tbsp (25 g) cornstarch
Egg Wash
1 large egg
2 tsp water
Glaze / Royal Icing
1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
34 tbsp milk
tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp any extract flavor (vanilla, lemon, orange, etc)
of color if desired

Directions

In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the sifted dry ingredients. Add the butter and mix until it combines with the dry ingredients. Add the corn syrup and mix until a ball is formed. Let the dough rest for 2 hours in a cool place.

Make the filling while the dough rests. In a saucepot, bring the fruit to a boil. Combine the dry ingredients. Once the fruit has released its juices and has come to a boil, add the dry ingredients. While whisking, bring the mixture to a boil and hold at a boil for 3 minutes. Let cool.

Roll the dough onto a floured surface until it is 3 mm thick. Cut the rolled dough in half. Cut one half of the dough into the 3 x 5 inch rectangles. Cut the second half of the dough into 3¼ inch x 5¼ inch rectangles – these slightly larger rectangles will be the top of the pop tarts. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place the bottom pop tart dough rectangles on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. With a pastry brush, paint the egg wash around the outside edge of the dough. Put the cooled pop tart filling inside of the egg wash rectangle. Add the larger rectangle dough on top of the filling. On one side of the rectangle, press the two pieces of the dough together, fastening them with a fork. Brush the top of the pop tart with egg wash.

Combine the egg and water with a fork or a whisk.

Bake until a light golden brown 15-20 minutes. Let cool. Using a spoon, knife, brush, palette knife or hands, spread or dip the cooled pop tart. Let dry and enjoy.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Blueberry Pie Cookies

We are completely smitten with these Blueberry Pie Cookies. This recipe is great for entertaining and it will assure you don’t eat the entire pie!

18 cookies

–for the dough
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus 1 tbsp
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 tsp Kosher salt
2 sticks unsalted butter cut into cubes, at room temperature
1 large egg, plus 1 beaten egg for brushing
–for the filling
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Turbinado sugar for sprinkling

For the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the 2 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and salt together on low speed. Change to the paddle attachment. Add the butter and beat until the mixture appears crumbly. Add the egg and beat until the dough clings to the paddle. *This dough can made with a stand mixer or food processor
Transfer the dough to a clean work surface. Divide into 2 balls. Place one of the dough balls onto a sheet of parchment paper and top with another sheet. Roll the dough until it is 1/8 inch thick. Roll out the other piece of dough the same way. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375˚ with the oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, ginger, blueberries, vanilla and remaining 1 tbsp flour.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove one dough sheet from the fridge. Cut as many 3 inch cookies as you can from the dough and place on the parchment lined baking sheet two inches apart. Knead the leftover pieces and roll into another 1/8 inch sheet. Place the remaining dough back in the fridge. Repeat the cookie cutting with the other refrigerated piece of dough. Continue to cut cookies until you have used up all the dough, transferring it in and out of the fridge as it gets too soft to work with.
Place a small amount of blueberry filling (about 1 tbsp) into the middle of half of the cookies. Place the tops on the cookies, press to seal the edges with a fork. Poke some holes on the tops to let steam escape. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with the Turbinado sugar.
Bake for 22-25 minuets, rotating sheet pans half way through baking time.
When the cookies are golden brown, remove from the oven and cool on cooling racks.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Blueberry Walnut Mascarpone Muffins

We are smitten with these delicious Blueberry Walnut Mascarpone Muffins. This recipe is simple to prepare and great for breakfast, brunch or as an anytime snack.

18 standard sized muffins

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup mascarpone
2 1/2 cups flour plus 2 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
raw (course grain) sugar for topping

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a muffin pan with liners or grease generously with baking spray or softened butter.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter with the 3/4 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, mascarpone and vanilla extract, beat until combined.
In a small bowl, toss the blueberries and the walnuts with the 2 tablespoons of flour.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the 2 1/2 cups of flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the batter in three additions, alternating with the milk. Fold in the flour-coated blueberries and walnuts.
Fill the liners to about 3/4 full. Sprinkle the batter with raw sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out virtually crumb free. The muffins will be slightly golden brown when done. Let cool on a wire rack at least 15 minutes before serving.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Blueberry and Bubbles Champagne Punch

Make this delicious Blueberries and Bubbles Punch recipe for New Year’s Eve, only a few ingredients make this the perfect cocktail!

8 cocktails

–blueberry syrup
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup granulated sugar
–for the punch
1 cup chilled St. Germain (elderflower liquor)
one 750ml bottle your favorite Brut Champagne
1 cup fresh blueberries
coarse sugar to rim glasses

Blueberry Syrup: In a medium sauce pan, combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of blueberries. Bring to a light simmer until the blueberries start to burst and release juices. To make the process quicker, mash the blueberries on the edge of the pan with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat, and pour the sugar and stir to dissolve. Turn off the heat, and let the syrup sit for an hour or so to cool. With a fine mesh sieve, strain out the solid ingredients. You can store this syrup in a well sealed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Rim Champagne flutes with the coarse sugar.
Make the punch: Pour the St. Germain into a large punch bowl. Mix in the blueberry syrup. Pour the Champagne, let the bubbles subside and gently stir. Add in the fresh blueberries. Serve immediately so you don’t loose the bubbles.

You can also use Cava or Prosecco in this recipe.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

10 – 12 servings

3 cups frozen blueberries
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
–base
1 1/4 cups ginger snaps cookies (to yield 1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs)
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
–filling
10 ounces regular (not low fat) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup full fat sour cream
2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Place the blueberries, sugar and lemon juice into a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Increase the heat to medium, bring to a simmer and cook for about 8 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
Pulse the blueberry sauce in a blender until you have a puree. Press through a sieve to remove any lumps. Let sauce cool.
For the base: Pulse the cookies in a food processor until you have a fine crumb. Add the butter and pulse until combined.
Line a springform pan with parchment paper, grease the edges of the pan. Press the cookie crumb mixture into the base the prepared pan.
Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the filling: Process the cream cheese in a food processor until smooth. Add in the sour cream, eggs, sugar and vanilla. Process until well combined and smooth.
Pour the cheese mixture over the cookie crumbles, smooth out with a spatula. Drizzle the blueberry sauce over the top. Swirl gently with a butter knife.
Bake for 1 hour. Let cool for at least one hou,r then transfer to the fridge until the cake firms up. Gently remove from the pan. Serve chilled.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Blueberry Banana Breakfast Bread

We love this delicious, blueberry banana bread for breakfast or any time at all. Thanks to the natural sweetness in the bananas, less sugar is used in the overall recipe which is always a great thing.

8-10 servings

2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup Greek yogurt (2%)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temp.
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (not frozen) plus 1/3 cup for topping

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit with the rack in the middle. Spray a 9X5” loaf pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl combine the bananas, yogurt, melted butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. (Smooth out any clumps in the brown sugar before adding it in, I use clean fingers for this)
In a larger bowl whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda.
Toss the 1 1/2 cup of blueberries in 1 tbsp of flour to prevent sinking.
Add the wet into the dry and stir to just combine, fold in the 1 1/2 cups of blueberries.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan, tap the pan on a surface to remove any bubbles.
Place the additional 1/3 cup of blueberries onto the top of the batter.
Bake for 60 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out virtually crumb free.
Cool on a rack for 30 minutes, gently remove from the pan using the parchment paper to help.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Vegan Blueberry Chia Pudding

We love this healthy Blueberry Chia Pudding for grab and go breakfasts. It’s also great for festive brunches.

4 servings

–for the pudding
1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
1 cup plain coconut milk or soy yogurt
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (grade B is best)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch of Kosher salt
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup fresh or thawed frozen blueberries, muddled
–for serving
granola
slivered almonds
maple syrup
fresh blueberries

In a medium bowl, combine the almond milk, greek yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, chia seeds, oats and muddled blueberries. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap so it’s airtight. Refrigerate for at least one hour, but it’s best to overnight for the thickest pudding.
Divide into four jars or bowls and top with some granola, almonds, maple syrup and blueberries. Serve immediately.

To muddle the blueberries simply press them into the sides of a bowl or glass with a fork until they release juices and become pulpy.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Blueberry Buttermilk Scones

These are the ultimate Blueberry Buttermilk Scones. Your entire family will love them for breakfast, brunch & snacks.

9-12 scones

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 ounces fresh blueberries (do not use frozen)
coarse sugar for topping

Pre heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a measuring cup, whisk together the egg, buttermilk and vanilla.
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. Add the butter and pulse until you have pea sized pieces. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the processor funnel. Pulse until just combined, batter will pull away from the edges.
Scoop the batter onto a clean work surface. Quickly knead in the blueberries. Divide the scone batter into 9-12 pieces. Place on the prepared baking sheets and pat into 1 inch thick disks. Top each scone with coarse sugar.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, rotating the sheets 1/2 way through. Serve warm or at room temperature.

~ Marla Meridith

Blueberry Whiskey Sour

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith