Raspberry~Blackberry Muffins

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This recipe is really just a raspberry muffin recipe but I had about half a cup of raspberries and blackberries that needed to be used up so I put both in.  I don’t see why you couldn’t use any kind of berry in this recipe.  Use 1 cup of berries total whether you are using one type or two or three.  The muffin itself is very tender and the topping is just right.  It doesn’t have too much sugar in it either which is a plus.

Raspberry  ~ Blackberry Muffins

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 cup fresh blackberries

STREUSEL:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
3 tbsps sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
3 tbsps cold butter or margarine

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy then beat in the egg.

In a small bowl, mix sour cream, milk and vanilla. In another small bowl, combine dry ingredients; stir into creamed mixture alternately with sour cream mixture just until moistened.

Gently fold in raspberries and blackberries.

Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.

For the streusel: Combine flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over muffins.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 18-22 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

Makes 12 muffins

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Easy Strawberry Pie

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Hooray!  I finally found a strawberry pie recipe that actually cuts into a pie shape instead of having pie soup on my plate.  Plus it has the added bonus of having jell-o in it and I LOVE jell-o, LOL!

You can make your own pie crust or buy a premade one ~ either way, this pie is nice and strawberry tasting!

Easy Strawberry Pie

1 (9 inch) baked and cooled pie crust
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsps cornstarch
1 cup water
1 (3 ounce) pkg strawberry jell-o (I used sugar free)
4 cups sliced fresh strawberries, I just chunked mine up and kept the small ones whole

In a medium sized saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and water until smooth. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes or so. Remove from heat and stir int he jell-o until it is dissolved. Refrigerate this mixture until slightly cooled ~ about 15 minutes.

Arrange berries in the pie crust and pour cooled jell-o over the them. Refrigerate until set.

Makes 8 servings.

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Sugar-Free Blueberry Muffins

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These muffins are very good ~ I bet you won’t even miss the sugar especially if your blueberries are are nice and sweet.  The muffins were very easy to make and I’ll be making them again since I am trying to eat as little added sugar as possible.

The recipe calls for fresh orange or tangerine juice so I used Simply Orange Juice since that’s what we drink.  There is a notation on the recipe that says that using frozen juice will make the muffins bitter. The walnut oil adds a nice touch.

SF Blueberry Muffins

Sugar-Free Blueberry Muffins

1 3/4 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsps cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup walnut oil
3/4 cup fresh orange or tangerine juice
3 large eggs
2 cups fresh blueberries or unthawed frozen blueberries

Preheat oven to 375º. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or use cupcake liners. I spray my liners with cooking spray, too, and it helps the papers to come off easily.

Combine the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt in a large bowl. I run a whisk through to combine it all.

In a measuring cup put the walnut oil and juice to equal 1 cup liquids.

Make a well in the flour mixture and break the eggs into the well and pour the liquids over the top. Mix all together for just about 1 minute until just combined. Using a spatula, fold in blueberries.

Spoon the bater into the muffin pan, filling cups to the rim. The recipe said it made 10 muffins but I was able to make 12. If you have some empty cups, fill halfway with water so the muffins bake evenly.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. Do not overbake or the muffins will be dry.

Remove pan from oven and let cool on a rack for 5-20 minutes then remove muffins to a rack to cool to room temperature.

Store extra muffins in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Happy Cooking!

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Berry Crostata

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I’ve seen these types of recipes called crostatas (or crostadas) and galettes and I was wondering which is right.  According to wikipedia, a crostata is a free-form pie Italian in origin while a galette is French in origin and is more like a free form thin pancake with a savory filling.  I guess you can choose which name you like better and since crostata is a free form pie, I’ll go with that.

I didn’t follow a recipe for this crostata.  I had a bunch of berries in my refrigerator that had to be used up and I didn’t really feel like doing anything complicated so I decided to do a crostata, as low in sugar as possible.  It turned out great!

Of course you can use whatever ripe, summer fruits you like but if using berries, when you clean the berries, make sure you dry them off good before putting them in the pie because you don’t want too much juice overflowing the sides of your crostata.

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Berry Crostata

1 unbaked pie crust, homemade or store bought
1 pint strawberries, cleaned and sliced
1 pint blueberries, cleaned
1/4 cup Splenda blend or 1/2 cup sugar (more or less depending on how sweet your fruit is)
1 tbsp flour
small amount of milk to brush on sides of crust
small amount of turbinado sugar to sprinkle over crust

Preheat oven to 425º.

Cover a pizza tin with parchment paper and place pie crust on the parchment.

In a bowl, mix the berries, Splenda blend and flour together gently. Pour berry mixture into the middle of the pie crust, leaving a good 1-2 inch edge on the pie crust for folding.

Fold the edges of the pie crust over the berries.

Brush milk on the edges of the crostata and sprinkle turbinado sugar over the milk.

Bake at 425º for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350º and continue baking for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Makes 6 servings.

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Mixed Berry Cheesecake ~ Barefoot Contessa

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Ina made this cheesecake on the Food Networks Thanksgiving Dessert show that I watched last week and when I saw it, I knew I had to make it.  It’s beautiful and delicious.  I used low fat cream cheese, fat free sour cream and splenda blend (1/2 sugar and 1/2 splenda) for the cake.  For the topping I used Simply Fruit raspberry spread and fresh fruit.  Now, the recipe says nothing about using a pan of water underneath it in the oven to prevent cracks so I didn’t but next time I will since it cracked terribly.  Once I put the topping on, you couldn’t see the cracks but still ~ I know it’s cracked, LOL!

This would be fabulous for Christmas or New Year’s dessert.

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Ina Garten’s Mixed Berry Cheesecake

Crust
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Filling
2 1/2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 whole extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Topping
1 cup red jelly (not jam) such as currant, raspberry, or strawberry
1/2 pint sliced strawberries
1/2 pint fresh raspberries
1/2 pint fresh blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.To make the crust, combine the graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter until moistened. Pour into a 9-inch springform pan. With your hands, press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan and about 1-inch up the sides. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees F.

To make the filling, cream the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Reduce the speed of the mixer to medium and add the eggs and egg yolks, 2 at a time, mixing well. Scrape down the bowl and beater, as necessary. With the mixer on low, add the sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly and pour into the cooled crust.

Bake for 15 minutes. Turn the oven temperature down to 225 degrees and bake for another 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn the oven off and open the door wide. The cake will not be completely set in the center. Allow the cake to sit in the oven with the door open for 30 minutes. Take the cake out of the oven and allow it to sit at room temperature for another 2 to 3 hours, until completely cooled. Wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Remove the cake from the springform pan by carefully running a hot knife around the outside of the cake. Leave the cake on the bottom of the springform pan for serving.

To make the topping, melt the jelly in a small pan over low heat. In a bowl, toss berries and the warm jelly gently until well mixed. Arrange the berries on top of the cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serves about 12 depending on the size of your slices.

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Blackberry Sorbet

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I love the fresh taste of this recipe. It seems more like a granita than a sorbet to me but it may just be that I have my freezer set too high, LOL!. Either way, it’s yummy and makes a great dessert after a heavy meal.

Blackberry Sorbet

1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup orange juice
2 cups fresh blackberries
2 tbsp fresh lime juice

Bring the water to a boil, stir in sugar, add orange juice and simmer for 5 minutes. Cool syrup and chill in the refrigerator.

Meanwhile, combine the berries and lime juice in a food processor and puree. Do not overprocess. Put the puree through a sieve to remove seeds, if desired.

Mix the chilled syrup and puree together and freeze in an ice cream maker (at least 2 quart size) according to the manufacturer’s directions.

I always put the finished sorbet in the freezer for a bit before dishing it up.

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Blackberry~Raspberry Pie

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This pie is so easy to make and since it uses frozen berries, it can be made all year long. I make it in the spring and summer before I can get fresh berries ~ just to whet my appetite for the fresh ones.

This pie is super juicy so make sure you put something in your oven under the pie plate to catch the juice or you will have a mess on your hands (don’t ask!).

Blackberry~Raspberry Pie

1 1/3 cups sugar
2 tbsps quick-cooking tapioca
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 cups frozen raspberries
2 cups frozen blackberries
2 tbsps butter
pastry for double crust pie

In a large bowl, combine sugar, tapioca, and cornstarch. Add berries and toss gently until coated. Let stand for 15-30 minutes or until fruit is partially thawed but still icy.

Transfer berry mixture to pastry-lined pie plate. Dot with butter. Place remaining pastry over filling. Trim and crimp as desired.

To prevent the over browning of the crust, cover edge of pie with foil.

Bake at 375º for 50 minutes. Remove foil from edges and bake for 20 to 25 more minutes or until pastry is golden and filling is bubbly.

Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

There will be lots of juice in this pie.

Happy Cooking!