Monday, August 8, 2011

Semi-Homemade Goodness: Blueberry Goodies

I love baking from scratch when I can, but sometimes I just do not have the time. But hey, we can still make things a little more posh! I made a fabulous blueberry sauce for the campout from scratch and decided to use it for just about everything.

Sauce
2 cups blueberries
1/4 cup honey
2 tbs orange juice
water

In a saucepan combine the blueberries, honey, and orange juice. I added just enough water to not quite cover the blueberries. Bring to a boil. Cook for about 10 mins or until the berries are falling apart. Place a colander in a bowl and strain out the large pieces. Squeeze berries against the colander to get more juice out. I then take the sauce at this point and just bottle it. Keep what is left in the colander, my husband loved it on pancakes and I used it for the turnovers! You can then run the sauce through a strainer if you would like it a little more runny. And you can take it one more step by squeezing it through some cheese cloth if you would like more of a syrup.
I bought some small wine bottles at our local winery with some tasting corks to package everything up.


Blueberry Turnovers
I love Pilsbury! They now have turnovers. You can purchase the cherry or apple set that comes with the dough and filling for 2.00 which makes 6 turnovers. Well, as much as I love Pilsbury, I prefer a more homemade filling.I followed the instructions on layout out the dough. I then added a spoonful of blueberry pulp and some sauce. We decided to add some of the cherry filling as well. Fold it over and bake as directed. Done!

For the almond I dusted the dough with cinnamon. Inside, I lightly buttered, sprinkled cinnamon, brown sugar in each. I put a slice of almond paste (I had a bunch left over after the buckle! and it's yummy!) folded the dough over, baked as directed...Done! I mean really how easy! I then put some of the glaze and slivered almonds on top.


Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
If you can do it with raspberries, why not blueberries. And with Good Seasonings homemade salad dressing kit, it is even easier! The bottle has lines on it for the water, seasoning mix, vinegar, and olive oil. Add 2-3 tablespoons of blueberry sauce and finished! The kit cost about 2.00 in most groceries and even comes with a packet or two of seasoning/dressing mix. With the salad we added some dried blueberries on top which made it just that much better!


Blueberry Lemonade
Get ready for this...this is a tricky one. I love Simply Lemon Lemonade. I have two kids to look after and a business to run, so while I am sure squeezing your own lemons would be great. Between lemons being almost a dollar each here and me trying to spare myself some time, buying the juice finished is faster and cheaper! Now here we go. Open the bottle, pour a glass of lemonade for yourself and enjoy. Ok, no that you are refreshed, pour a half a cup of blueberry sauce into the bottle of lemonade. Put cap back on and shake vigorously. Tada! Blueberry Lemonade. I took it one step further and strained it as I poured it into the bottles to get some more pulp out.

So I left the science to someone else and came up with some pretty and yummy blueberry items! It's now blueberry season here, so hopefully for those of you with a ton of blueberries to use up, this will help!

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