Posted on September 1, 2015 by Kelly
A few weeks ago I spent a weekend up in northern Wisconsin with family. While I generally prefer bigger cities to small towns, there is something appealing about finding various fruits and veggies growing in the wild wherever you go. There are several different forms of produce that you can find in northern Wisconsin depending on the season, and when I was there last time I got to pick a bunch of wild blueberries! (In all honesty, I knew that things like raspberries and rhubarb could be found in the woods of Wisconsin, but I did not know that there were also blueberries!)
While I am not a huge fan of eating blueberries plain, I am a big fan of them in baked goods! So, when I came back with a bunch of wild blueberries that I had picked I searched the internet for a baked goods recipe to use them in. After some searching, I found this Bakery Style Blueberry Scones recipe from Pinch of Yum that sounded delicious!
The recipe was actually surprisingly easy! Sometimes I avoid making scones because recipes that I have made in the past involved blending the dry ingredients and the cold butter together by hand (or with a fork) but this one just says to use a regular mixer! I was afraid this was going to make them more dense, or somehow not the same, but they turned out just as good as other scone recipes that I’ve made!
Ease: A, easier than a normal scone recipe.
Taste: A, really tasty!
Would I make them again? Yes, I think so! I may also substitute in a different kind of fruit instead of blueberries.
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Posted on August 18, 2015 by Kelly
Summer = Berries. (well, and S’Mores)
Maybe it is just because I enjoy most varieties of berries and this is the season when they are the freshest and most prolific, but I am always in the mood for berries in the Summer. They are tasty on their own, or in some sort of baked good or dessert. I especially like them in lighter desserts for those hot Summer days.
This is a berry dessert…but it isn’t exactly a light one.
For a family gathering earlier this Summer, we decided we wanted some sort of strawberry based dessert. In an effort to make something portable, and delicious, we chose these Strawberry Cheesecake Bars from Tutti Dolci.
These bars were delicious – and tasted just like cheesecake – but they were not super easy to make. I probably should have read the whole recipe ahead of time so that I would’ve know that before we started to make them. Whoops! Some of the process could probably be made a bit easier – like using strawberry jam instead of fresh strawberries – but a lot of the things just take time. Pre-baking the crust, chilling in the refrigerator for several hours, and then chilling it quickly in the freezer at the very end in order to make it easier to slice, are things that can’t really be avoided but definitely take up a lot more time than if you were just making a simpler dessert.
Overall though, these were a hit with everyone!
Ease: C+, yeah definitely not a super easy one, but there are a some ways you could probably cut some corners if you wanted too. I’m not sure it would taste quite as good without those fresh strawberries though!
Taste: A+, really delicious.
Would I make it again? I’m not sure. Because of all of the time and energy it takes, it might take some convincing.
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