I was discussing this recipe that was sent to me in a weekly recipe collection email for Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse with a friend of mine that is also a cooking enthusiast. I thought it sounded pretty yummy. I like a good mousse and the fresh strawberries sounded cool and refreshing. He didn’t really agree, however. So I issued an off-the-cuff challenge asking him to write up how he would do this recipe. Well not 5 minutes later did I get a link to this!
Berries and Cream Dish
So I was asked to write up how I would do a berry desert dish. As a reminder this is completely untested or anything, it’s just how I would do one. So some of the proportions might be off and need to be adjusted
- 1 package blueberries
- 1 package raspberries
- 1 package blackberries
- 1 package strawberries
- 2 ounces good-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Baker’s), chopped
- 1 cup chilled whipping cream
- 1 cup sugar-in-the-raw
- 1 cup water
Bring cream to simmer in heavy small saucepan.
Remove from heat.
Add white chocolate and stir until smooth.
Pour into bowl.
Cool completely, stirring occasionally.
Refrigerate until well chlled.
Using electric mixer, beat white chocolate cream until stiff.
Take all the berries and combine them. Berry Salad!
Take 3-4 strawberries off to the side for garnish.
Disolve sugar into water.
Dump in berries for 2-3 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Let cool about 20 minutes till still luke warm.
Put berries and sauce into custard dishes.
Top with whipped cream.
Slice strawberries for garnish.
Place 2 slices in whipped cream for garnish.
Add a mint leaf for garnish.
Link via Land of the Nerd
I think I am going to have to take up his challenge and make his version to see if it passes muster. Keep an eye out for an update where I will review the results! I would also encourage any one else looking for a yummy dessert to try it and let us know what you think!
Have over-ripe bananas? I had two left from a large bunch I bought at the local farmer’s market and I just hated the idea of throwing them away simply because I had no longer been in the mood to eat bananas. I did a little searching and found this easy and lovely recipe from Kittencal’s Kitchen (that conveniently also called for some of the blueberries that I had just gotten in my weeks CSA box) and it turned out delicious. So much so that I even took it into my office to share!
Banana Blueberry Loaf
This will make 1 – 9″ x 5″ loaf pan
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla (or use maple extract)
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- Set oven to 350 degrees.
- Set oven rack to second-lowest position.
- Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
- In a bowl combine the flour with the next 4 dry ingredients.
- In a bowl, cream the butter with sugar and vanilla until fluffy (about 4-5 minutes until no sugar granules remain, this is important!).
- Add in eggs, and beat well (about 2-3 minutes).
- Mix in the mashed banana until combined, then using a wooden spoon mix in the flour mixture just until combined.
- Fold in the blueberries.
- Transfer to prepared baking pan.
- Bake for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Original Recipe: Banana Blueberry Loaf