Thursday, January 13, 2011

Always the last to know

I have just discovered Smoothies and with a freeze full of Blueberries and some Strawberries I am in heaven.
I am not sure what I drank years ago when I decided I did not like smoothies.
It might have been the thought of putting together juice and yogurt.
Bleck- I would think.
I was invited out to play games the other night and smoothies were on the menu.
Well boy they were good!
Berries, yogurt and a splash of something.
I was sold.
I have had two this week as my afternoon snack.

I used Strawberries, blueberries, juice from a tangerine and Vanilla yogurt.
I tried one with banana added and think I will just stick with the berries.
Like I said- where have these been all my life.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Blueberry and Blackberry Galette with Cornmeal Crust

Blueberry and Blackberry Galette with Cornmeal Crust
( disclaimer one- I had no blackberries---)
1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup raw organic sugar
¼ cup cornmeal
¼ tsp. salt
½ cold ,cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 buttermilk- or in my case milk

lightly spoon flour into measuring cup and level with knife.
Combine flour, sugar, cornmeal into food processor and pulse to mix.
Butter- pulse 3-4 times or more in my case.
Add milk to just hold together but not wet.
Chill- I did over night.

Filling: Combine in a bowl toss well to coat.
4 cups of blueberries
2 cups of blackberries- I only used the 4 cups of blueberries.
½ cup of sugar- I used 1/4th
3 TBS. flour
2 TBS. lemon juice
2 TBS. milk

I added a TBS of orange liqueur, cinnamon and chopped up orange rind

Preheat oven to 350
Roll crust into a 15 inch prefect circle
Not really I just threw that in.
I rolled this on a pastry cloth I have using light flour on top.
Flipped it over onto lightly flour dusted wax paper.
Continued to roll using light flour on the rolling pin.
Then flipped it over on parchment paper to bake and place that on a baking sheet.

Place the filling on crust leaving about 2 inches all the way around the edges.
Fold edges inward to center, pressing gently to seal.

I baked for 30 minutes then brushed the piecrust with 2TBS. Blackberry Jam heated with about 1 TBS. orange liqueur.
I poured the extra on the berries.
Baked another 30 minutes.
Let cool and serve.