Blueberries are everywhere right now. As I mentioned in my post a few weeks ago, I know it’s summer when blueberries are in abundance in the stores and are cheap! I’ve been trying to keep up with the supply in my house before they spoil. That’s how these cookies came about. I wanted to bake something different from the typical blueberry muffins, coffee cake and bars. I was so happy when I found this recipe from the blog Hot Polka Dot. These cookies are moist, rich and soft. Not to mention, the juicy burst of blueberry make them absolutely delicious.
I frequent food blogs a lot. Some people zone out in front of the television after a long day at work. I zone out in front of my computer reading my favourite websites. Other people’s creations almost always inspire me to experiment in the kitchen. However, there were always a select few featured desserts that would drive me crazy. These desserts were ice creams and sorbets. As soon as the summer months came, everybody was featuring these frozen treats. I became infuriated. You see, I didn’t own an ice cream maker. I had no plans of owning an ice cream maker. What would I do with yet another appliance to store in my overcrowded cupboards? Then a moment of boredom (and weakness) at work led me Amazon and I quickly learned that I didn’t need an ice cream maker appliance. All I needed was an attachment for my coveted Kitchen Aid mixer and I was set. Two days and one package delivery later, I was searching every food blog out there for ice cream recipes. I was officially hooked.
As mentioned in my last post, blueberries are my favourite summer fruit to bake with. I also just purchased 2 pounds of blueberries from the grocery store, so I figured I might as well use it for my very first ice cream recipe. I was not disappointed, and neither will you if you try this treat! This was the first very time I had ever tried home made ice cream. All the comments I was reading on my favourite blog posts about homemade ice cream was that it was superior to store bought, and once you start making your own, you will never go back. I couldn’t agree more!
I love pastry, especially dense ones like coffee cake. This time of year, I especially love berries. There is nothing better than baking with fresh berries that are in season. This recipe is not a Claudia classic, but one that I felt was worth blogging about. It is adapted from Cooks Illustrated. The dense, lemon flavored cake mixed with delicious plump blueberries is a great dessert to feature in the hot summer months. It’s also extremely simple to make.
For the next few weeks, I am cooking and baking alone. Claudia has decided to leave me and head out of town for a well-deserved vacation. As she left, she gave me simple, yet specific instructions for the blog – post her favourite recipes of mine that I make for her. Simple enough.
This first “on my own” recipe is a new addition to my baking repertoire. I’ve adapted this blueberry loaf recipe from Jen on her How to Simplify blog by adding lemon zest to the loaf batter and making my own white chocolate, lemon icing to go along with it. This recipe makes a dense, sweet loaf which is perfect for blueberry season. Onward!