Check out my dessert at rantingchef.com Diced! Day of Eating Contest. Vote for my Meringue Clouds recipe. Voting ends on 10/9/15.
I was sitting on our porch the other day surrounded by the beauty of nature watching clouds go by. The clouds were big, white, fluffy and moving ever so slowly against the bluest sky I had seen in a while. Watching the clouds I started thinking about cotton candy, food in general then dessert.
Dessert. What kind of dessert could I make that reminded me of clouds? Meringue came to mind but the problem was that I wasn’t a lover of meringue. Whenever my mom made her delicious lemon meringue pie I would scrap off the meringue then eat the lemon filling and crust. The two textures of meringue, both crusty and squishy, just did not feel right in my mouth. After searching for a meringue alternative to crusty and squishy I ran across a recipe that called for baking the meringue and it looked light like a macaroon.
To make meringue the centerpiece of my dessert, I created mounds of sweetness that melted in your mouth. Then I added fresh raspberries, blackberries and blueberries that were slowly simmered until a simple syrup was rendered and the fruit was fragrant. Talk about heaven! Eating my Meringue Clouds reminded me of sitting on the porch watching the clouds go by surrounded by the sweetness of nature.
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp water
½ tsp vanilla
½ tsp lemon juice
¼ tsp lemon zest
¼ tsp cream of tartar
1 pint raspberries
1 pint blackberries
1 pint blueberries
Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
Place eggs whites in a bowl and let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature. Beat egg whites with vanilla and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add ¾ cup sugar 1 tbsp at a time on high speed until stiff peaks are formed.
Drop a large spoonful of meringue on to parchment paper or place in a piping bag and pipe onto parchment paper to create mounds. Meringue will spread so do not make the mounds too big. Bake for 45 minutes then turn off the oven and DO NOT open the oven door for 1-2 hours.
While the meringue is baking, place berries, water, lemon juice, zest and ¼ cup of sugar into a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Cook until berries begin to breakdown and a simple sugar is rendered.
Place a Meringue Cloud in the center of a bowl then drizzle the berries and juice around the Meringue Cloud.
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And the winner is…………… Banana Blueberry Pudding Dessert! As I have said in the past, I am not really a baker. So, I have to come up with other simple desserts to satisfy the sweet tooth of my family whenever there is a craving for dessert. Although we usually keep chocolate in the house we do not eat dessert every night. Dessert is something I fix on special occasions or when we invite guests over for dinner.
Since starting the recipe blog I have spent a little more time trying to come up with desserts that are not too heavy or fattening. I like bananas but they tend to get ripe too quickly for me and then I don’t know what to do with them. Recently, I was wondering what I could do with a bunch of bananas I had laying around. Years ago I tried making banana pudding but it did not come out the way I wanted. I gave up after that.
Fast forward to 2014. With ripe bananas calling out for me to give it one more try, I decided to make a new version of banana pudding. Instead of using vanilla wafers I found it easier to buy a Nilla pie crust and add blueberries to the dessert. The combination of bananas, blueberries and vanilla pudding is wonderful! My son, who is my number one food tester, (hubby is #2) thought this was a nice dessert.
I love it when my fiercest critics tell me a recipe tastes really good. That is when I know I can share it with you……
Banana Blueberry Pudding Dessert
1 box Jello vanilla pudding mix (cook & serve)
2 Nilla pie crusts
1 pint fresh blueberries
5 small ripe bananas sliced
1- 9 inch pie plate or casserole dish
Prepare pudding according to package.
Spray pie plate with cooking spray. Crumble pie crusts in a large bowl then press all but ½ cup of the crumbs into the bottom of the pie plate. Place a layer of bananas over the crust. Sprinkle with blueberries. Pour cooled pudding over blueberries. Layer the remaining bananas over the pudding and sprinkle with remaining crumbled pie crust. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
This blog is dedicated to my friend B. and her hubby. Recently, B. and I were talking about some of my recipes and she said she was looking for an easy dessert. I told her about my mom’s mouth watering pies but it seems her hubby doesn’t eat pie so she was looking for a dessert that did not require a crust.
Unlike my mom, I am not much of a baker. Which in some ways is good because I like to eat and if I was a great pastry chef I would be in trouble always tasting my creations. Still, I have learned how to make simple desserts that are tasty and not really fattening.
Peach blueberry crumble is a light version of both a peach cobbler and a blueberry cobbler. I love both types of cobblers especially peach cobbler. During the summer months fresh peaches and blueberries are plentiful, sweet and juicy. This is the best time of year to try out fresh fruit desserts and experiment with the different flavors fruits provide since there are so many varieties available.
I thought it would be nice to bring two of my favorite summer fruits together into one simple dish. The first time I made this dessert I used only one type of peach. However, it is even better when you use a mixture of white peaches and regular peaches. Blueberries are blueberries so use what you find.
This dessert can be made as one big dessert or as an individual dessert in ramekins based on who you are serving. No matter how big or small you make it I think you will have a nice light sweet dessert that everyone can enjoy.
Guess what B.! No crust!!
Peach Blueberry Crumble
4 large peaches
1 pint of blueberries
½ stick cold butter cubed
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¾ cup flour
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup oats
½ cup sugar + 4 tbsp sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray cooking spray in each ramekin or a casserole dish. Peel peaches and place in a bowl along with blueberries. Sprinkle 4 tbsp of sugar and lemon zest over fruit. Blend together then place mixture evenly in each ramekin.
Combine remaining ingredients in bowl and cut butter into the dry ingredients until only little bits of butter are visible. Top each ramekin with the crumble mixture. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet. Cover with foil and bake 5 minute. Remove the foil and bake for 25 additional minutes. Let cool slightly and serve.
You can double the recipe and place in a casserole dish if you do not want to make individual sized dishes.