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Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2017. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerBlueberry Cobbler is great anyway you eat it, but top it with a Walnut Streusel and it takes it to a whole new level.

It has been beastly hot in St. Louis and the last thing I wanted to do was get into the kitchen with a hot oven going.  We love cobbler
especially in the summer when so much fresh fruit is available.  I was looking for something that would highlight the fruit but was easy, quick and a bit different from the usual cobblers.  This Walnut Streusel Blueberry Cobbler fits all those requirements.

This is a combination of a streusel topping from an old standby sour cream coffee cake.  The blueberry filling is the sauce from the Lemonade Cake with Blueberry Sauce and the base of the cobbler is the Cream Biscuits which are the easiest, lightest, best biscuits I have ever made.  Layer them together and you have a fast and easy summer delight.  The blueberry filling is great served slightly warm over ice cream.  

The choice of a baking pan is up to you, but I like a glass pan for this as I can see if the bottom has lightly browned as this is about the only indication the blueberry cobbler has baked through.

This cobbler would be amazingly good with peaches also.  Just skin the peaches, slice and substitute for the blueberries.  I would use white balsamic vinegar and add amaretto liquor in place of part or all of the water.

Walnut Streusel ToppingIngredients for the Walnut Streusel Blueberry Cobbler

3/4 cup walnuts  (85 grams or 3 ounces)
3/4 cup brown sugar (150 grams or 5 1/3 ounces)
3 tablespoons flour (28 grams or ounce)
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut up and cold

Place the walnuts in a food processor and pulse to chop finely. Remove from the processor. Set aside.Walnuts for the Walnut Streusel Blueberry Cobbler

Place the sugar, flour, cinnamon in a processor bowl. Pulse several times to mix. Dry ingredients in processor for Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerAdd the butter and Butter added to processor for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobblerprocess until it starts making crumbs. Crumbs for the Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerAdd the walnuts Walnuts added to crumbs for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobblerand pulse several times. Set aside.Finished streusel for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry FillingSauce ingredients for the Streusel
1/3 cup sugar (65 grams or 2 heavy ounces)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (340 grams or 12 ounces)

Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan; Water, sugar and cornstarch in pan for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobblerstir in the water and balsamic vinegar and mix well. Balsamic vinegar added for the Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerAdd the blueberries. Blueberries added to the pan for the Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerCook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking and stirring for 1 minutes more. Set aside to cool.Cooked filling for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler

If the filling is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water to thin it out.

Biscuit BatterBiscuit ingredients for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler
1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
(150 grams or 5 1/3 ounces)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 to 7/8 cups 40% cream

Preheat oven to 425F. If using a glass pan, Glass dish for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobblerreduce the oven to 400°F. Spray an 8×8 inch square baking pan. Set aside.

Place the flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.  Blend together.  Dry Ingredients in bowl for the Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerPour in 3/4 cup of cream in.  Cream added for the biscuit batter for the Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerMix the dough.  Mixing the dough for the Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerThe dough should be somewhat sticky.  If it is not, add the remaining cream in  1 tablespoon at a time.Biscuit batter for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler

Pat the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan.Biscuit batter pressed in for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler

Pour the blueberry filling over the dough and spread out evenly.Filling spread on for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler

Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the cobbler.Streusel on for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes until the bottom of the biscuit batter is baked. Lightly cover with foil about half way or three-quarters of the way through baking to keep the top from over browning.

This is best served warm.

Serves 9.

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The Importance of a Base Recipe in Baking

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Single cookie for The Importance of Base Recipes in BakingThis is a perfect base recipe for cookies as it can be adapted endlessly and can be put together in a matter of minutes.

When baking professionally a base recipe is not only desirable but necessary. It is impossible to have 40 chocolate cake recipes or one for every chocolate cake you ever made. We had about 6 but our work horse was the cake for the Espresso Fudge Cake.

We could combine endless fillings and finishes as well as baking the layers thicker or thinner depending upon what we wanted when we used a base recipe.

I first used this recipe in “My Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies”. I listed the following points that make this cookie a favorite.

The cookies shown in this blog are the Orange Macadamia Chocolate Chip Cookie listed below.

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Kifle with Walnut Filling

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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KifleKifle with Walnut Filling is a childhood memory. Mother would make them and I would wait with great anticipation for the time I could eat them. Kifle can be used with a sweet or savory filling. Just omit the sugar for the savory version and use a filling that isn’t wet.

Mother never made a savory version, only the sweet version. However, she would change the filling. She would use a poppy seed version or fill them with lekvar or prune filling, but the Kifle with Walnut Filling was my favorite. Often labeled a cookie, these are actually a pastry. Fleishmann’s Yeast has a Walnut Kifle and has this to say about them; ” Kifle is popular throughout Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Yugoslavia. This recipe makes a sweet nut-filled butterhorn pastry but kifle may also be left unsweetened and served as a savory sandwich roll. ” Continue reading

Oatmeal Cookies

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Oatmeal CookiesOatmeal cookies have always been my favorite.  It’s something about the spices and texture of this oatmeal cookie.  It’s particularly  difficult to describe.  It’s crispy on the outside with a center that is loaded with the add ins of your choice.  It almost has a lacey quality to it.  I wish I had a nickel for every time someone told me how much they loved this oatmeal cookie.  It is not your usual oatmeal cookie which probably explains the response.  This is a chocolate chip version that is not shy on spices.

I have not included how to pics with this as it is a really basic cookie and I don’t think anyone will have a problem with it.

One thing you will notice is the enormous amount of add ins.  You can use chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts – whatever you want to make these yours.  I think the large amount of add ins gives this oatmeal cookie its lacy quality since there is just enough dough to hold the add ins together. Continue reading

Traditional Carrot Cake – An American Classic

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Finished wholeCarrot Cake is truly an American Classic cake. With both fruit and nuts, it can have a bevy of add ins including coconut and pineapple. This is the carrot cake that we made at the bakery.

When I opened my bakery I was making more European cakes than American ones. I preferred Italian buttercream to finish my cakes and most of the American cakes used powdered sugar as the base.   It didn’t take me too long to figure out my clients were going to my competition to get the carrot cake as well as a good old American chocolate cake.

So I went into the carrot cake testing phase.  Some were too sweet, some too dry, some didn’t hold up five days in the refrigerator – a must for selling wholesale.  As much as you want to believe all of your desserts are flying out of the restaurant, they’ll usually be around for a few days.  So it is really important they have a shelf life so they won’t dry out. Continue reading