Now that it is officially summer, we are seeing more small fruits make their appearances: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black-raspberries, current’s, and numerous others. I think probably my favorite would be all of them!!! And there is no better way to eat them then all combined. Three-berry pies, smoothies, sauces, cobbler’s, fruit bars – all of these can be made with your choice of berries.
I snagged this recipe from COOKS.com. I have used that website now several times for recipe’s. They have oodles of them!!!
|THREE – BERRY SAUCE
1 c. fresh strawberry halves
2/3 c. fresh raspberries
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. cold water
1/3 c. pitted bing cherries or 1/3 c. blueberries
Combine berries and sugar in medium saucepan; let stand until sugar dissolves. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Combine cornstarch with water and add to berry mixture. Increase heat to high and stir constantly until thickened and clear. Remove sauce from heat. Stir in cherries or blueberries.Serve immediately.
Yield: 1 1/3 cups.
Since we (ahem!) didn’t manage a dessert recipe on Monday, I decided to do one for today’s post. This recipe came to us from one of our workers; she brought it in one day for someone’s birthday. I must say, we all fell in love with it. When you take the peanut butter and combine it with the berries, it’s almost as good as combining chocolate and mint!!!
With all the berries in season now (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries……), you can really make this recipe with whichever type you choose. I like it with blueberries and/or blackberries best. But, be creative and come up with new combinations!
Fresh Berry Bars
3/4 cup softened butter (or butter substitute)
3/4 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup jam (choose one to match your berries, or mix and match!)
4 cups berries (you choose!)
Heat oven to 35o degrees: Line a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil
Beat butter and peanut butter on high for 30 seconds. Add sugars, baking powder and salt; mix. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Beat in flour.
Spread dough into pan. Pack down evenly. Bake 25 minutes until edges are golden brown.
Cool completely on a rack. Using foil, remove from pan. Discard foil and return to pan if desired. Spread jam and top with berries. Dust with powdered sugar. Yum!!
Yeah for dessert! Yeah for Dessert Monday! I love desserts! Especially when they are semi-healthy! Raspberry Chocolate Bars are one our families favorite bar desserts and others love it too! In fact, my mom had given the recipe to several friends of ours and these bars have begun to appear at graduation parties and other events! This is a great recipe to take as a finger food or just to serve as a special dessert. The raspberry sauce combined with chocolate makes this an extra special dessert!
Raspberry Chocolate Bars
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cups finely chopped pecans
1 cup butter, softened
1 12oz jar raspberry sauce
1 2/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, pecans, butter, and egg; stir until crumbly. Set aside 1 1/2 cup of this pecan mixture. Press remaining mixture into the bottom of a greased 13x9x2 pan. Spread raspberry jam over all. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, then with remaining crumb mixture. Bake 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Cool completely in pan on wire-rack. Cut into bars. Makes 3 doz.
Note: We use our own homemade raspberry jam and it tastes just as good!