Posts Tagged ‘blackberries’

Blackberry Swirl Cheesecake

Creamy cheesecake with a sweet swirl of blackberries makes for one decadent and delicious summer dessert. Top it off with fresh blackberries and whipped cream.

Blackberry Swirl Cheesecake

This post has been a long time in the making. I made it Easter weekend and finally planned to share the recipe back in May only to discover that the images had magically disappeared from my camera’s memory card. With blackberry season upon us I figured it was a good time to try again. Thankfully it was good enough to warrant a second appearance and was gobbled up just as fast as the first time. The only thing I did differently the second time around was using chocolate graham crackers in the crust instead of regular. It was a most excellent substitution.

One year ago: Gluten-Free Caramel S’mores Bars

Three years ago: Butterbeer Ice Cream
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Blackberry Basil Sparkler

Rum never tasted so good than in this sparkling cocktail made with fresh blackberries, basil, and honey. Perch for summer months on the porch.

Blackberry Basil Sparkler

The final World Cup match is today between Germany and Argentina. I cannot believe this is it for another 4 years, but maybe that’s what makes it even more exciting. Although I’m not sure what I am going to do for the next month and a half between now and the start of college football! Which brings me to today’s recipe. It may not be futbol or football inspired, but it does celebrate the summer berries which are in season right now. Zainab originally made this cocktail with strawberries but since we have moved on to other berries in TN I used blackberries. I even decided to sweeten it with some key lime honey.

Three years ago: Banana Ice Cream Nutella Sandwiches
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Avocado Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Have salsa for dessert with homemade cinnamon tortilla chips and a berry-cirtusy salsa with kiwi, mango, blackberries, strawberries and avocado. Or change it up and make it your own!

It’s tornado season, and it’s the first in 7 years where I don’t have to worry about such things because east Tennessee usually just gets the aftermath-huge rain storms (as I write this one is currently making a lot of noise outside). Oddly enough it makes me miss living in Memphis, but let me explain. Obviously the destruction tornadoes cause is not something to yearn for, I just enjoy a good storm. As a child I was terrified of thunder storms and would run into my dad’s room in the middle of the night to make me feel safe. Somehow as I got older I grew to love thunder and lightning. But when it comes to tornado season in Memphis it means it’s time for Memphis in May festivals (which I pretend is a month long party for my birthday) and that’s what I truly miss about tornado season. And I cannot wait to return in a couple weeks for my favorite festival – BBQ Fest!

But unfortunately tornadoes and festivals have nothing to do with this recipe today. So thank you for listening to my rambling and let’s just get on with it…

Fruit salsa. I know this may not be the first thing you think of when you are trying to come up with a dip for your next gathering by hang on for just a second. For starters these are not just any old tortilla chips, they’re cinnamon-sugar chips! Which makes them the perfect candidate for dipping into a fruit concoction such as this berry-citrusy salsa with kiwi, mango, blackberries, strawberries and avocado. But you change it up to include whatever fruits you prefer.

One year ago: Spring Salsa

Three years ago: Funfetti Month Recipe Round-Up
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Guest Post: Mixed Berry Slab Pie by Blahnik Baker

My guest poster today is Zainab of Blahnik Baker. Although she has never baked a cake before February or 2012, her creations will make you think otherwise. I’ve been baking for years and my layer cakes never come out as pretty as hers do. Just look at her colossal six-layer cake, and her rose frosted cake. By the way she rocks the cupcakes and makes perfect macarons too. Is there any baking challenge she cannot conquer? She definitely has had far more baking successes than failures (if any), and today she is sharing a yummy slab pie! I’ve never made one but from the looks of it I am missing out.

One year ago: Roasted Cherry Brownie Cheesecake

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Hello guys!!! I am Zainab from Blahnik Baker and I am very happy to be guest posting for Erin today. While she is busy finishing up her PhD and all that stressful writing, we don’t want her stressing about her blog too. So I am here to share an easy recipe with you!

mixed berry pie

Like Erin, I am PhD student starting my 5th year and I’m about a year and a half from where she is today. I understand her troubles just so well. Unlike her, I am new to baking and food blogging. To counteract all that science in my brain, I started baking and decorating cakes as a creative outlet about a year ago and I chronicle my modest self-taught kitchen adventures on my blog.

As a newbie baker, one of the things outside of my comfort zone has always pie. Who doesn’t love a good slice of pie?? I know I do, especially summer pies! But bad luck and terrible dough escapades kept me from attempting homemade pies in the past. So it’s been my goal this summer to make delicious homemade pies. This mixed berry slab pie is exactly that!

triple berry pie

This slab pie is easy to make and perfect for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.  A cream cheese dough is filled with the best of summer’s berries.  I used a mix of raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. But of course feel free to make your own mix. Either way, this pie is a glorious combination of flaky buttery crust and juicy filling of berries. It’s a win-win my friends!

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Berry Frozen Yogurt Bars #IceCreamWeek

Welcome to #IceCreamWeek! Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina have teamed up with more than 20 of their blog friends to bring you a week full of ice cream treats, including a special ice cream giveaway! Prepare to have your taste buds tempted with some of the best ice cream treats around! Make sure you enter the giveaway for a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and two fabulous ice cream cookbooks so that you can join in on the ice cream fun!

Ice cream week is in full swing! In order to combat all the extra ice cream in my presence I have been drinking a lot more green monster smoothies for breakfast. Unfortunately the other morning I managed to knock my smoothie off the counter and it didn’t just spill onto the floor, it exploded and splattered all over my kitchen and into my dining room. Who knew smoothie cold fly so far? As a result I not only lost my breakfast but also had to fully clean my kitchen floor and surrounding walls/areas. I am still finding little flecks of green in places though.

But I digress. I thought I’d take a little break and share a slightly healthier ice cream treat for today’s post since I resorted to a less-healthy breakfast option after the smoothie incident (hello peanut butter poptarts). These bars are a fruity version of a traditional ice cream sandwich, but instead the cookie is a chocolate graham cracker and the filling is a berry frozen yogurt. It’s like chocolate covered fruit! Kinda…

Berry Frozen Yogurt Bars

If you’d like to check out today’s #IceCreamWeek recipes, drool over the blogs below:

Join us on Saturday August 17th at 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) for our pinchatlive event to celebrate Jen’s Birthday and give away tons of amazing bonus prizes. We’ve got some tricks up our sleeves so you won’t want to miss this even. You can follow along on Pinterest Board #IceCreamWeek or look up our YouTube event by scoping out Kim’s G+ page for the event details. An announcement will go up on her G+ page earlySaturday morning with all the details for this fun event. So set your alarms for 2 p.m. to join the fun!

One year ago: Pineapple Muffins with Coconut Streusel

Two yeas ago: Gnocchi with Goat Cheese, Grape Tomatoes and Basil
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Breakfast Crème Brulee

It amazes and delights me that Memphis has not had more than a handful of 100+ degree, crazy humid days of summer. It’s July and should’ve been over 100 solid for weeks now but like I said you will not hear a single complaint from me about the lack of sticky heat. It is definitely summer outside just a more bearable, fun temperature where getting out of the pool and lying in the sun really does dry you off instead of turning into sweat. And rain actually cool the temperature a little instead of turning into steam and feeling like walking into a sauna fully clothed.

To go with the unusual yet pleasant weather, how about an unusual treat for breakfast – crème brulee made with Greek yogurt! Who says it has top be made with heavy cream and egg yolks? The name means burnt cream and after all Greek yogurt is creamy and there’s burnt sugar on top. Sounds like crème brulee to me. Heck, you could even eat this for dessert if you want a healthier version for your post-dinner sweet tooth. Or your post-every-single-meal sweet tooth if you are like me.

Breakfast Creme Brulee

Two years ago: Mixed Fruit Crumble

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Vanilla Bean-Nutmeg Shake with Blackberry Swirl

What goes with burgers almost as well as fries? Milkshakes! And one of my favorite milkshakes happens to be blackberry so it was an easy decision to make this milkshake to go along with the burger I shared the other day. I decided to make this milkshake lighter by using reduced fat milk and ice cream and I think it came out great. The swirly action was pretty, but next time I would blend the blackberries straight into the milkshake because I ended up using a spoon to eat as the berries kept clogging my straw! Delicious, but required more effort than a milkshake should require. Or maybe I just need to invest in wider straws.

One quick rant: Do you know what happens when you photograph a milkshake outside in 90+ temperatures? It melts and turns into flavored milk. Alas, another one of the perils of food blogging.

Vanilla Bean-Nutmeg Milkshake with Blackberry Swirl

Two years ago: Nutella Waffles with Raspberry Syrup
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Blackberry Swirl Meyer Lemon Curd Ice Cream

Don’t you worry, I haven’t let my Meyer lemon obsession die out just yet! Today it comes in ice cream form, because the 70 degree weather I’ve been having allows for it. And because while talking to Tracey about the gloriousness of Meyer lemon curd, she lead me to a ice cream recipe in which it is incorporated. Obviously it was just begging to be made and eaten and while I was at it, decided to add some blackberries. Fruit on top of fruit = extra good-for-you!

But in other news, I was sent a video of my 10 month old nephew saying touchdown the other day. He even lifted up his arms to signal it was good! And then I turned into a puddle on the floor. Once I pulled myself together, I looked through new photos and was put into a trance by the adorableness of him wearing argyle leg warmers, and then again seeing him and my brother in matching outfits all the way down to their black chucks. Two more months. Cannot. Freaking. Wait.

Which reminds me, I need to figure out what cake I’m going to make for Luke’s first birthday! Let me know if you have any good cake recipes that do not use sugar (not even the artificial kind), but instead use applesauce, etc. to naturally sweeten.

Blackberry Swirl Meyer Lemon Curd Ice Cream
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Blueberry-Blackberry Muffins

For The Secret Recipe Club this month I had Fantastical Sharing of Recipes. In addition to many great recipes, there are also three”non-recipe” posts a week: “Sunday Social” a sharing of bookmarked recipes, “Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday” is recipes found on Pinterest, and “Tasty Thursday” is a weekly link party – feel free to add a recipe.

But back to the recipes. After being very intrigued by the chocolate chip ice cream muffins (which only require three ingredients!), I decided on the sour cream blueberry-blackberry muffins. But instead of sour cream I used my favorite substitution – Greek yogurt.

I have never made muffins with Bisquick before but I was very impressed by how fluffy and soft they turned out. I am sure the berries and yogurt helped out in those areas. And the coarse sugar on top was a nice touch. I wonder hat other kinds of muffins concoctions I could also make using Bisquick?

I would also love to try the blueberry cheesecake milkshake recipe.

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Baked Oatmeal with Blackberries and Bananas

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Overnight oatmeal folks. It’s when you mix all the ingredients together, but instead of popping in the oven or on the stove top, you cover it up and let it sleep in the refrigerator overnight. Just like you – except you will be in a cozy warm bed. After you wake up and pre-heat the oven, place it in to bake and proceed with your usual getting-ready-in-the-am-routine. Thirty minutes later you will be enjoying a nice warm bowl of goodness!

For some strange reason, blueberries were absent from Kroger when I went grocery shopping for this recipe so I snatched up the blackberries instead. I obviously don’t know what it would’ve been like with blueberries, but I do know that with blackberries this was outstanding (notice the modesty). Even the leftovers were awesome! I just added a little extra milk after reheating and it was like new again.

One year ago: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
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