The idea of blueberry pancakes always sounded good but seemed to lack a little something once I took a dive in. I finally figured out that it wasn’t the individual elements, it was the way they went together that mucked things up. So, to simplify, I start with an Austrian Pancake.  While that’s  baking there is just enough time to reduce some pure maple syrup by about a third…to thicken it and intensify the flavor. Off  heat  the fresh berries are gently added to the syrup…warming them and taking the raw edge off without actually cooking them. Then plating. Who knew that a little deconstruction would lead to this… simplequietmodern pancake perfection.

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Top ’em off…

August 31, 2013

with a little Zabaglione. Whatever summer fruit combination  you still can’t get enough of…peaches, blueberries, strawberries,raspberries or pluots…they can all be transformed with a blanket of this airy Italian custard. Spoon it over berries straight up or broiled over stone fruit and you’ll be amazed at what magic three ingredients can create . I’ve lightened this version up with Prosecco instead of the traditional Marsala, for the perfect simple summer dessert.

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You can find the original recipe here,http://www.chow.com/recipes/11956-broiled-pluots-with-zabaglione

 

Summertime Blues

August 1, 2013

There is nothing  like local Michigan blueberries…in abundance. A simplequietmodern spin on this superfruit is to take some of the surplus and whip up a simple blueberry syrup and stir yourself up a Blueberry Mojito. Nothing wrong with a summer cocktail that is also antioxidant and phytonutrient rich is there?

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Blueberry Simple Syrup

1 cup fresh blueberries , 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar

Combine all 3 ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the solids from the syrup through a fine mesh sieve and reserve…you can add them to Greek yoghurt or top some ice cream. Yields 2 cups  Transfer syrup to a covered jar and refrigerate.

Done. How simple was that?  Replace the simple syrup in your favorite Mojito recipe with this and garnish with a few fresh blueberries.

Red White and Blueberry

June 30, 2012

Well, that would have been a more appropriate plan for the 4th of July, but I really love blueberries and nectarines. It’s my favorite of the ” crisp” desserts. It’s simple. I love blueberries. I love nectarines.I love them together. OK, then it got a little confusing when I ran into something called a Peacharine~ 1/2 peach 1/2 nectarine. How bad could that be? As it happens, they are fantastic! They almost tasted more “peachy” than most of the peaches I’ve had in recent years with a rich vibrant flavor and as juicy as you’d love them to be. So… that was the new plan, substituting the nectarines with peacharines in my Nectarine Blueberry Crisp. This is simple, simple, simple and there will be nothing left but an empty baking dish. Add this to your 4th menu and let me know if you get any complaints other than you needed to have made two.