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A Day in the Life of a Canadian Girl: Blueberries & Family Reunions

Monday, July 18, 2005

Blueberries & Family Reunions

One of my favourite fruits this time of year is blueberries. I have been buying, and eating quite a bit this year. I love eating them just by themselves but they are also wonderful in cereal, mixed with other fruits or made as scones, like I did a few days ago. The recipe I found was not as dense and the scones I was used to but they turned out wonderful and even The Man enjoyed them.

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

Blueberry Scones: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut in chunks 1 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing the scones 1 cup fresh blueberries

Lemon Glaze: 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted 1 lemon, zest finely grated 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Sift together the dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using 2 forks or a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat the pieces with the flour. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and pour in the heavy cream. Fold everything together just to incorporate; do not overwork the dough. Fold the blueberries into the batter. Take care not to mash or bruise the blueberries because their strong color will bleed into the dough.

Press the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 12 by 3 by 1 1/4 inches. Cut the rectangle in 1/2 then cut the pieces in 1/2 again, giving you 4 (3-inch) squares. Cut the squares in 1/2 on a diagonal to give you the classic triangle shape. Place the scones on an ungreased cookie sheet and brush the tops with a little heavy cream. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until beautiful and brown. Let the scones cool a bit before you apply the glaze.

Technically you should make this simple lemon glaze in a double boiler (i.e. over a pot of simmering water with a heatproof bowl set on top) but it's even simpler to zap it in the microwave. Mix the lemon juice and confectioners' sugar together in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the lemon zest and butter. Nuke it for 30 seconds on high. Whisk the glaze to smooth out any lumps, then drizzle the glaze over the top of the scones. Let it set a minute before serving.

Family Reunion

Yesterday was one of The Man's family reuninon (we have 2 this year) that was held in Cambridge. As we drove through the pouring rain, I was hoping that our hosts had a back up plan as it was to be held outside. But when we got there we saw that the rain had not arrived yet. But two hours later it did arrive but it only lasted about an hour. Everything dried quickly outside and then the eating got underway. Of course there was too much food but all the dishes were so good. I was asked to bring a dessert. I was going to bring my rhubarb pie but I haven't seen my parents for a few weeks and since they are my supplier I had to come up with something else. I found this recipe while surfing around. They are not fancy but they are oh so good! A little fiddly to make but so worth the effort. I made an extra pan so between the leftovers from the reunion and the extra pan, I have lots! Looks like my coworkers will be very happy today!

Kit Kat Squares

80 buttery round crackers
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/3 cup milk
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter

Put graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, white sugar, butter and milk into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes being careful not to let it burn!
Put a layer of buttery round crackers in a 9x13 inch pan and pour 1/2 of the graham cracker crumb mixture over it. Put another layer of crackers and pour the remaining mixture. Add last row of crackers.
To Make Topping: Melt over low heat the butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, and peanut butter. Melt at low heat and spread over the top. Chill pan in refridgerator.


Blogger LoraLoo said...

Thanks for sharing the recipes, I'm definitely going to have to try these out. I LOVE blueberries - but down here the market never has very good ones. They just don't have the right flavor.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

I love blueberries! I need to go to the pick-your-own place soon. Yum!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Oh, mama! That food sounds sooooo good!

1:19 AM  
Anonymous groovie said...

That kit kat recipe sounds killer! Think I'll try it today! :)

10:13 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

They are so yummy! Let me know how you like them!

11:42 AM  

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