Friday, July 22, 2011
This week the blueberries were ripe enough to pick. I just love fresh blueberries right out of the garden. I currently have seven blueberry bushes planted in large barrels, and every year I like to add more. Growing blueberries like this is wonderful in a small yard, most blueberries do really well in large pots or in a small garden plot, it is a great way to grow fruit on a smaller property. I have a few different varieties, some of the blueberries are early, some mid-season, and some late season, which allows us to get a few harvests. This time I picked enough for blueberry pancakes as well as a nice large Blueberry Crisp.
Here are the blueberries fresh from the garden-
My son had his friends over so I thought a blueberry crisp would make a nice afternoon treat for the whole family and our company. This recipe is super easy to make, here is the recipe below.
A few cups of fresh cleaned blueberries
1/8 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 Tablespoon butter
1 cup oats
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 to 3/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Put blueberries into the bottom of a deep casserole dish, sprinkle with 1/8 cup sugar, and toss with 1/4 cup flour, then dot with a tablespoon of butter cut into little pieces like shown.
Melt butter, then mix with brown sugar and flour, baking powder, and baking soda, until well combined. You could use a little more butter if mixture is too dry, if you like you could also add a little cinnamon, but I didn't because I really like the blueberry flavor without any added spice. Spread topping over blueberries like shown.
Bake at 375 F. for about 30 minutes, until top is browned, and blueberries are bubbling.
Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Everyone really enjoyed this treat, perfect dessert for summer, and a great way to enjoy blueberries! Hope everyone gives this recipe a try, and I hope everyone can find a spot for a few blueberry bushes in their garden.