Sunday, 12 August 2012

Blueberry Fields Forever

Is there anything more wonderful in life than heading out on a warm, sunny day to pick berries? 

There's nothing to get hung up about in blueberry fields. You can relax, take your time in a lovely field of fruit, and pick berries until your heart's content. And if you pick one berry to eat and another for your basket, who really cares? 

Alright, well maybe the last question does have an answer... But when I go and pick berries, Luke feels the need to pay for an extra pound of fruit as a "tip". I think that means that my enjoying a little more than my fair share of snacking is just fine. And I see everyone enjoying a taste, so I think a little snacking is built into the u-pick pricing. 

Then, when you get back home, it's time for the real fun to begin. What will you make with your delectable goodies? 

Here's a great recipe for a Blueberry Froyo. I've been told that it tastes just like a frozen blueberry pie!

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups plain yogurt, Greek if possible

1. Combine the blueberries, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a medium pot on the stove at medium heat. Stir and cook until the sugar has dissolved, then mash the berries. Let cool about 10 minutes. 

2. Stir in the yogurt until smooth and chill in the fridge until the mixture is cold. You could add your mixture directly to your ice cream machine now, but you run a risk of a slightly grainy frozen yogurt if it's not cold enough. 

3. Process the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the instructions. Mine takes about 25 minutes. Then place the mixture in the freezer to let it firm up a bit more. Enjoy!

4. Serve with some Cinnamon Sugar Roll Ups for extra blueberry pie authenticity! 

Note: Because there is little sugar in the recipe, the frozen yogurt can get very hard in the freezer. Make sure you leave enough time for the dessert to soften on the counter before serving. 

Did you know that because Victoria, BC had such a cool summer, the berries were the best ever this year? They are sweeter, bigger, plentiful, and we could start picking earlier because of the chilly summer! It almost makes me happy that the weather wasn't warmer!

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