Thursday, July 17, 2014

I Found My Thrill! ~Blueberry Banana Cream Pie



I'd say my favorite version of Blueberry Hill is the one that Elvis did, I highly recommend it -- and this amazing pie recipe! 

Blueberry Banana Cream Pie
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened (I used reduced fat)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped (just whipped, DO NOT add any thing else to it)
  • 2 medium bananas, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 prepared Nilla wafer crust
  • additional blueberries for garnish, optional
  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the condensed milk until smooth.  Then beat in the water and pudding mix. Fold in whipped cream.
  2. In a resealable plastic bag, add bananas and lemon juice; toss until bananas are coated. Drain and discard lemon juice.
  3. Spread with half of the cream cheese mixture into Nilla wafer crust. Top with bananas and blueberries. Spread with remaining cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8 servings. (Next time I’m going to do 2 pie crusts and double the bananas and blueberries to make 2 pies and top them off with some sweetened whipped cream.  As you can see in the picture these was tons on filling for just one pie)

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Freedom Lemon Blueberry Cake

Lemon Blueberry Cake | Cooking Classy


Lemon Blueberry Cake | Cooking Classy
Lemon Blueberry Cake | Cooking Classy
Lemon Blueberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes
Yield: About 16 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, at room temperature, rinsed and drained well
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 12 oz cream cheese, softened (1 1/2 pkgs)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract*
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Blueberries and lemon slices, for garnish (optional)
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 3 9-inch round baking pans and line the bottom of each with a round of parchment paper. Butter parchment paper and lightly dust pan with flour, shaking out excess.
  • Sift cake flour into a mixing bowl. Add all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (if you don't have the paddle attachment that constantly scrapes sides of the bowl while mixing, then stop mixer occasionally throughout entire mixing process and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl), whip together butter, granulated sugar and lemon zest until mixture is pale and fluffy. In a 2 cup liquid measuring cup, measure out milk then stir in sour cream and lemon juice, let rest 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, mix eggs into butter mixture one a time, then stir in lemon extract and vanilla extract. Toss blueberries with 3 Tbsp of the flour mixture. Working in three separate batches, beginning and ending with remaining flour mixture, add 1/3 of the flour mixture alternating with 1/2 of the milk mixture and mixing just until combined after each addition. Gently fold in blueberries. Divide mixture evenly among prepared baking pans. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 24 - 27 minutes. Cool in baking pans about 20 - 30 minute then invert onto wire racks to cool completely. Once cool, frost with cream cheese frosting and decorate with blueberries and lemon slices if desired. Store in an airtight container.
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitter with the paddle attachment, whip butter until pale and fluffy. Add cream cheese and mix until smooth and fluffy. Add vanilla and lemon extract and powdered sugar and blend several minutes longer until smooth and fluffy (if frosting seems slightly runny, you can chill it for a bit before frosting cake).
  • *Omit lemon extract if making this cream cheese frosting for a different recipe. This frosting is good on so many different kinds of cake!
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy