Posts Tagged ‘fruity’

Apricot-Orange Shortbread Bars

March 7, 2011

Apricot Orange Shortbread Bars

If I could only have one cookie for the rest of my life this might be the one. Statements like that are so melodramatic but it manages to convey how much I love these bars. Prior to eating one of these I might have told you I don’t like apricots. Ha! That’s obviously not true! I would have said yes, I like shortbread, and I adore anything almond. What I’ve learned is that the three together are a heavenly combination.

I used to use only Hero brand apricot preserves for these, but I’ve discovered that there is something different about those preserves and they aren’t as good as they used to be. My recommendation for preserves is to choose a brand with the least number of ingredients on the label, and more fruit than sugar if possible. These bars were made with Bonne Maman French preserves. Next fall when the apricots are plentiful I’m hoping I can find the time to make my own. The Bonne Maman preserves are wonderful, but as much as I like them I’d like to figure out a less expensive alternative.

This recipe can be found at Epicurious.

Blueberry Gelato!!

July 15, 2009

Blueberry GelatoI’m so excited to share this with you.  The picture doesn’t do this justice. It is so good. I love gelato and no one in my area makes it. The first time I had gelato was in Germany in 1979. It was years before I had it again but I never forgot that first taste. When my daughter lived in Arizona we found an awesome gelato shop there, but she no longer lives there so I have no where to get my once or twice a year gelato fix.

My husband recently received an ice cream maker attachment for our Kitchen Aid stand mixer. We have one of the big hand crank ice cream makers, but we rarely use it. It has to be quite the occasion to justify that much manual labor, and all of the fuss with ice and salt. He has made two batches of ice cream already with his new toy. One batch of vanilla and one batch of Heath Bar Crunch. They were both great!!

Now that he’s broken it in I figured it was my turn to have a go at a frozen treat, so I’ve been searching for a gelato recipe. I really wanted to find a recipe without eggs. I’ve ordered some books from Amazon, but they haven’t arrived yet, so in the meantime I searched the Internet. I finally found this recipe and figured I couldn’t go wrong. Especially when the grocery store had the blueberries on sale buy one get one free!

This gelato really hit the spot. The fruit taste is very intense and the texture was very pleasing. I will definitely make this again, but can’t wait to explore more recipes over time.

Update: The gelato texture suffers when completely frozen after being in the freezer overnight. To revive the gelato microwave it on high for 30 seconds and mash it with a spoon. Give it a few more seconds in the microwave if needed or let it sit for a few more minutes and mush it around some more. It’s almost as good as it was fresh out of the ice cream freezer.

Blueberry Gelato (Adapted from this recipe.)

2 pints of fresh blueberries

the juice of 1 lemon

1 c. of whole milk

3/4 c. sugar.

Puree the blueberries and the lemon juice with an immersion blender or in a regular blender. Cover and thoroughly chill in the refrigerator

Combine sugar and milk and heat over medium low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cover and chill this in the refrigerator.

Before adding to the ice cream maker, whisk together the milk mixture and the pureed blueberries. Process according to the directions for your ice cream maker. In our ice cream maker it took about 12 minutes.

My new immersion blender

January 4, 2009
Raspberry Smoothie

Raspberry Smoothie

For Christmas I received a wonderful new kitchen gadget. A Kitchen Aid immersion blender. I’ve used it twice already. The first time was to blend some butternut squash soup, and today I used it to make one of my favorite healthy snacks. Smoothies are so easy and you can pack a lot of nutrition into a glass. You can also vary them according to taste or what you have on hand. I usually put in some whey protein powder. It’s an easy way to up my protein intake without adding a lot of fat. I like to use pineapple juice as the sweetener. It adds a lot of sweetness, and some vitamins, but if I don’t have any I use orange juice, apple juice or whatever juice is available. I buy a big can of pineapple juice and then freeze it in ice cube trays. When I need it I just take out what I want and I don’t have to worry about the juice going bad before I use it up.

Making this with the immersion blender was so fast and easy, and so easy to clean up! Thanks to my daughter for this wonderful and much appreciated Christmas gift.

Today’s smoothie is raspberry pineapple.

Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie

3/4 c. frozen raspberries

3/4 c. plain soy milk

3 oz. pineapple juice

1 scoop whey protein powder

Place all of the ingredients in the cup of your immersion blender, or in a regular blender, and blend until completely mixed.