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Blueberry Scones

Published September 2, 2014 by jenmatteson

I’ve been on a bit of a berry kick lately, and unfortunately, my eyes were bigger than my berry hungry stomach. Get it!? Of course, the best price for berries is Costco, where you get a crap-ton (yes, it’s a scientific measurement) for the same price your local grocery sells those teeny tiny cartons. So, while it’s a better bang for your buck, it’s quite a bit of berries to eat for two people. Not to mention that I eat mostly blueberries – what we have the most of – and Nate exclusively eats raspberries (which, yes, I prefer, but are SO much more expensive).

Blueberry Scones

We were heading out of town for the 4th of July weekend, so I knew if we didn’t eat them up, they’d go bad. I decided to make something we could take with us for the weekend, so I whipped up these beautiful blueberry scones.

I may or may not (mostly may) have been making a handful of other things at the same time, so I overlooked the fact that there is lemon zest in these. Whoops! They still taste awesome, but I wished I remembered because they would have had just a little more pop! The scones are flakey and light, and not too sweet. A perfect little breakfast snack – a great idea to bring to share at work or any brunch gathering!

Blueberry Scones

Blueberry Scones

Source: Adapted from Marth Stewart
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbsp. sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1 tbsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, picked over and rinsed
1 tsp lemon zest
1/3 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing tops
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together flour, 3 tbsp. sugar, baking powder and salt. Add butter and pulse until the largest pieces are the size of peas. Transfer to mixing bowl and stir in blueberries and zest.

3. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together heavy cream and eggs. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in egg mixture. Lightly stir with fork until dough just comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead a few times to mix well.

4. Pat dough into a 6-inch square about 1 1/4 inches thick. Using a floured knife, cut into four 3-inch squares, then cut squares in half on the diagonal to form eight triangles. Transfer to prepared baking sheet, brush tops with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

Blueberry Peach Popsicles

Published July 2, 2013 by jenmatteson

Like my mango pineapple popsicles, these are insanely refreshing on a hot summer day.  The best part is that you know exactly what went in them, and it was pure deliciousness.  I used frozen peach slices for this recipe, but you could use fresh.  I thought for the price, it was totally worth pealed a pitted peaches.  I used fresh blueberries, but frozen would work just fine as well.

Blueberry Peach Popsicles

Add a little of your favorite booze (I used vodka) and make it a party snack.  These will be sure to go like hot (cold?) potatoes!

Blueberry Peach Popsicle

Blueberry Peach Popsicles

Source: Adapted from Thug Kitchen
Servings: Makes about 3 cups

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen peaches
3/4 cup real fruit juice (I used apple), divided
3/4 cup yogurt (I used Light and Fit Vanilla, but use what you like), divided
2 tsp lemon juice, divided
1 tsp vanilla extract, divided
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup vodka, divided (optional)

Directions:

1. In a blender, combine peaches, 1/2 cup fruit juice, 1/4 cup yogurt, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/4 cup vodka.  Blend until smooth. Transfer to bowl and rinse blender.

2. In the blender, combine blueberries and remaining fruit juice, yogurt, lemon juice, vanilla and vodka.  Blend until smooth.

3. Layer peach and blueberry mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid, at least 8 hours.

Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins

Published July 15, 2012 by jenmatteson

It’s hot.  Really hot.  And what is a good idea when it’s hot?  Baking of course 😉

Right, so not the best of ideas, but I needed to spend some time inside after my insanely hot run this morning.  Plus,  I haven’t baked tried to bake anything in a while.  I had a brown banana I threw in the fridge last week, so I’d had baking on my mind for a few days.  My original intent was to make banana bread with strawberries, so I could use up what I already had.  Plus, I only had one banana and I thought the bread would need a little more flavoring.  Well, the strawberries had seen better days, so they made the fateful trip to my compost bin.  But, I did have blueberries, so I figured, why not throw those in there.  Additionally, I still had a cup of rolled oats from my whole wheat pancakes with oats and strawberries, so why not throw those in the mix too.

I had my loaf pan out, oiled and ready to throw my batter in there, but then it hit me.  We aren’t going to eat an entire loaf of bread before it goes bad, why not make mini muffins and freeze half of them – although my freezer is seriously lacking any extra room right now.  But, I’ve never used my mini muffin pan for making mini muffins, so I figured it was about time.

I went off a basic banana bread recipe I had in my recipe binder, but honestly, I have no idea where it came from.  I tried searching the web, but with no matches.  Anyway, I altered it so much by using more milk, butter instead of margarine, adding oats, blueberries, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.  I guess I really am becoming somewhat of a baker!

The muffins were fluffy and moist, and the blueberry-banana combination with cinnamon was a great touch, though I probably would have added more cinnamon next time.  Speaking of bananas, does anyone think of the Gwen Stefani song whenever you spell it.  “This sh*t is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S.”  Yeah, me either.

Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins

Source: Adapted from a banana bread recipe I had in my binder, Author Unknown
Servings: Makes 36 mini muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 egg (I used egg substitute here)
1/2 cup skim milk
3/4 cup mashed banana (I used one large banana)
1 cup blueberries, separated
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream sugar and butter together.  Add in egg and mix until combined.  Slowly add in dry ingredients.  Once combined, drizzle in milk while the mixer is going.  Add vanilla extract, cinnamon, bananas and 1/2 of the blueberries (I like to add only half of the blueberries now so some are broken and the blueberry flavor infuses the entire muffin, and then fold in the remaining blueberries so they are whole in the muffins).  Fold in remaining blueberries and oats.

3. If using muffin wrappers, place those in the muffin tins.  Otherwise, spray tins with olive oil.  Fill each tin with about 1 tbsp of the batter and bake for 15-17 minutes, until muffin tops are brown and slightly crisp.  Remove from muffin pan and cool on wire rack.

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