July 23, 2014
The letter is B which stands for Blueberry
That beautiful berry that grows so prolificly here in the Similkameen but most especially
in the Fraser Valley in British Columbia.
The stores and fruit stands of the valley are awash with blue these days, and I have my own stash safely in the freezer, frozen on trays so that when I pour them into small bags they rattle around on their own, rather than making a great icy clump that presents me with problems when I go to add a few to my morning cereal.
I have a lovely recipe for you today. I haven't tried it, but the thoughts of hot, hot days, company coming and the prospects of preparing a sweet for dessert immediately make me think
this would be a perfect choice!!
It is called 'Berry Bliss Pudding'
and is made thusly.......
Combine three and one half cups of blueberries with a third of a cup of sugar, two teaspoons of lemon zest and two tablespoons of lemon juice. Set over medium heat and bring to a boil, cooking until the berries begin to let off their juices but still retain their shape, - probably about THREE minutes. Drain and reserve the juice.
Line a three cup capacity bowl with plastic wrap hanging over the sides.
Roll six slices of white sandwich bread (crust removed) with a rolling pin. Dip each slice into the reserved juice and line the bowl with five pieces of bread, overlapping slightly. Press the edges of the slices together so that THERE ARE NO GAPS.
Pour in the stewed fruit and cover the top with the remaining piece of bread.
Press down firmly.....
Wrap the top with the overhanging plastic wrap, then press down again. Place a small plate on the top and weigh it down with a large can of beans or tomatoes. Refrigerate until the pudding is firm, at least forty minutes. (If you are clever you can make this the day before and refrigerate until ready to serve)
Now you can remove the can and plate, turn the pudding upside down on to a serving dish. Garnish with fresh berries, slice and serve with yogurt, or ice cream or whipped cream, - whatever your heart desires.
What could be easier on a warm summer's day - well, Jello maybe, but it does lack a bit of savoir faire.
For more great Bs visit here at ABC Wednesday, with thanks to Denise and Roger and all helpers.