Blueberry-Banana Stacks

So today I was supposed to have a little guest blogger.  However, she decided it was best to go outside and play.  I found this snack that I wanted Brooklyn to try and make since there was no stove or hot things involved.  And I wanted her to type in how she made it while I took the pictures.  But again, play time was more important!  So Nana made them!!

Nothing too hard about making these at all.  They were pretty good if I do say so myself.  And the kids sure didn’t have a problem coming in and making the ones I made either!!

I used fat free cream cheese, the rice chips are full of fiber, the fruit…..A great snack for the kids (and the big kids as well.

Ingredients
  • mini chocolate, caramel, or berry-flavored popcorn cakes (use as many as you want)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons strawberry-flavored cream cheese
  • banana slices
  • fresh blueberries
Make ItSpread cakes with cream cheese and top with banana slices. If desired, dollop with additional cream cheese and top with a blueberry. Serves 2.I made about 12 of the stacks so that there was enough to pass around for all of us.  They are all gone!!!!  I’m not sure if you can call these healthy or not but it’s better than snacking on candy!!Have a great weekend.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Blueberry Tartlets w/Lime Curd

I woke up this morning not feeling the greatest.  I actually went to bed earlier than the kids did last night!  But I’m a trooper today.  I got out of bed, went to church, came home helped kids finish homework and decided cleaning could wait, I’m going to bake again today!

The Strawberry Mousse cups may not have turned out the way I wanted or the way they were supposed to, but they did taste really good.

So in the midst of this terrible head cold,  I am determined to bake these blueberry lime tarts.  I’m thinking that I really should have doubled the recipe for these because the crust is so thin and it doesn’t seem like there is a lot of curd.  However, I have plans…plans to bake some apples in cinnamon if I run out of the curd, or even use the left over mousse from yesterday!

Ingredients

Curd

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons (about) chilled whipping cream
  • 1 large egg yolk

Topping

  • 3 1/2-pint baskets blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Preparation

For curd:
Whisk sugar and lime juice in heavy medium saucepan to blend. Whisk in yolks, then butter. Cook over medium-low heat until thick, smooth, and just beginning to bubble, stirring constantly, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Mix in lime peel. Transfer to small bowl. Press plastic wrap onto surface of curd. Refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours. (Can be made 4 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

For crust:
Blend flour, sugar, and salt in processor 5 seconds. Add butter and cut in, using on/off turns, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 2 tablespoons cream and egg yolk. Using on/off turns, blend until moist clumps form, adding more cream by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Shape dough into log. Cut crosswise into 8 (my tartlet tins are bigger because I only have 6 and the crust was fairly thin) equal rounds. Press each round over bottom and up sides of 3 3/4×3/4-inch tartlet pan with removable bottom. Pierce crusts with fork. Chill at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

For topping:
Place 1/2 cup berries and sugar in heavy small saucepan. Using fork, mash berries coarsely. Cook mixture over medium heat until beginning to simmer, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Using rubber spatula, push as much of mixture as possible through strainer set over medium bowl. Mix remaining blueberries into strained berries. Set topping aside.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake tartlet crusts until lightly golden, pressing any bubbles with back of fork, about 15 minutes. Cool crusts completely on rack.

Spread curd in crusts. Spoon blueberry topping over. (Can be prepared ahead. Let stand at room temperature up to 2 hours or refrigerate up to 1 day.)

The hardest part for me in baking is the waiting.  I’m am not the most patient person there is.  So when it says to wait for 4 hours on the curd, I’m sitting here watching the time go by.  I have a timer set for me to wait and pull it out.

I”m super excited to taste these!

Ok so a few hours later….these were so good.  So good.  The crust was so flaky and sweet.  The lime curd was pretty darn good too.  Not sure why mine looks darker in color than the original picture.  But either way, I’m quite pleased with these.  Super good.  Not hard to make at all.  I would use this recipe again for any type of crust.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Lemon Blueberry Bars

One of my new interests that I found on Facebook (imagine that) is Pinterest.  A friend of mine had posted a craft project they found on there.  I didn’t give it a thought until I saw one of my favorite bloggers, Brown Eyed Baker posting on this site as well.  I did what I always do when I need to find something, I googled Pinterest.  I got an invite and have been pinning since.

There’s a bit of everything on this site.   There’s arts and crafts, cooking, photography, technology, etc.  You name it, it’s on there.  And this is where I happened to find this dessert.  I found this from Epicurean Mom’s website.  I found yet another favorite food blog that I’ll be following.  Amazing food and great pictures.

I’ve been giving my all at making the desserts lately.  I have been having a great time at baking them as well.  I don’t get to enjoy them as much as the family does, but these are really good.  These are really good!  Did I already say that!!!!!

Here’s what you need and how to prepare:

For Base:
Butter, for greasing
2 tablespoon sugar
1/8 tablespoon ground cinnamon
9 graham crackers
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted


For the Filling:
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature (I used fat free)
2 eggs
2 lemons, zested and juiced
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Directions

For the Base:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Grease the bottom of a 9 by 9-inch baking pan with butter.  Then place parchment paper over the top, pressing down at the corners.  In a food processor, process the sugar, cinnamon and graham crackers until you have the consistency of breadcrumbs.  Add the melted butter and pulse a couple of times to fully incorporate.  Pour into the lined baking pan and firmly pat down with the bottom of a glass.  Bake for about 12 minutes, or until set.

For the filling:
Add cream cheese, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, and sugar to the food processor and pulse until well combined.  It should have a smooth consistency.  Pour onto the cooked graham cracker base and then sprinkle with blueberries.  They will sink slightly but should be half exposed.

Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes, or until the center only slightly jiggles.  Remove from the oven and cool completely before Refrigerating for at least 3 hours.  Once set, remove from pan using the parchment lining and slice into 10 rectangular bars.

Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence

These are a must make recipe!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking