Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Blueberry Sour Cream Tart


Crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (6 3/4 oz)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
4 ounces butter, unsalted (cold)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:
4 cups fresh blueberries or thawed and drained frozen blueberries
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sweetened whipped cream for topping

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9 inch round springform pan with cooking spray.
In a bowl or food processor, combine flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, baking powder and salt. Add butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Pat lightly into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Sprinkle cornstarch over the blueberries and gently stir to coat cornstarch with blueberries. Spread the blueberries over the crust.

Stir sour cream, 1/2 cup of sugar, egg yolks and 1 teaspoon of vanilla together in a mixing bowl. Pour this mixture over the blueberries and carefully spread it across the top.

Set the springform pan on a foil lined cookie sheet** and bake for 60 to 70 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is lightly browned around edges – it should still look a little loose in the center and will set as it cools and chills. Loosen hot cake from pan with a knife, but do not remove sides quite yet. Cool completely and chill for a few hours. Remove sides of springform pan. Serve each slice with whipped cream or spread whipped cream over entire cake before slicing.

Grasshopper Cupcakes


Chocolate cupcakes with Creme De Menthe Mousse.

Creme De Menthe Mousse
Mint Mousse:
14 large marshmallows
1/4 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons Crème de Menthe
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Crème de Menthe Mousse
Combine marshmallows and milk in a large microwave-safe mixing bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir well. Repeat if necessary, stirring every 10 seconds until the marshmallows are melted and smooth. Let cool. Stir in the Crème de Menthe. Whip the cream and fold all of the whipped cream into the cooled marshmallow mixture. Divide mixture evenly among 12 paper lined cupcake tins and put the pan in the refrigerator while you proceed with the recipe. Mousse needs about 2 hours to thicken.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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