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Red, White and Blueberry Tart

6 Jul


I took this Fourth of July treat out of the fridge, and it was gone in approximately 3 minutes. Literally. On a hot day in my parents’ backyard, a cold tart with fresh fruit was gold. The graham cracker crust came out great, and the blueberry jam was sweet and delicious. NOTE: Make at least two of these when you take them to cookouts…you’ll need the extra.

Red, White and Blueberry Tart
served 10 with small pieces/adapted from this recipe

Here’s what I used:

Crust

  • 8 graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)

Filling and topping

  • 6 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberry jam (I used Trappist blueberry preserve…yum)
  • Handful fresh strawberries

Here’s what I did:

Crust

  1. Break up graham crackers and blend with sugar (I used a regular standing blender).
  2. Add the melted butter and coat all crumbs.
  3. Press the crumbs in a 9″ pie plate (I coated mine with nonstick baking spray).
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely before filling.

Filling

  1. Beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  2. Mix in sour cream, lemon juice and vanilla.
  3. Pour filling into crust and chill for several hours (about 4 hours in the fridge).
  4. Spread blueberries and then jam over the chilled tart.
  5. Top with strawberries and enjoy!
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Blueberry Banana Bread

1 Jun


I had this overpowering craving for banana bread last week and ran across a recipe that includes blueberries. After being on the receiving end of baked goodness recently that included blueberries (thank you S), I was in the mood for more and excited to try this combo. It was the perfect match of sweet fruit and the bread itself was moist and perfectly done. I typically do smaller bread pans when making any kind of banana bread to ensure an even bake. This recipe turned out four mini loaves that were perfect for sharing.

Blueberry Banana Bread
makes 4 small loaves/adapted from this recipe

Here’s what I used:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Here’s what I did:

  1. Mix together butter and sugar.
  2. Beat in eggs.
  3. Add in mashed bananas.
  4. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt (reserve 2 tablespoons of flour to coat blueberries) in a separate bowl.
  5. Fold dry mixture into banana mixture and add vanilla.
  6. Coat blueberries with the 2 tablespoons of flour, and stir into batter.
  7. Add walnuts and mix to combine.
  8. Pour batter into 4 mini bread pans (spray pans with baking spray first).
  9. Bake at 325 degrees for about 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Cool completely before cutting.