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Blueberry Smoothie

12 Jan

Since I have been posting about Blueberries. I thought I should get some information on its nutrient content. As a homemaker, I love to read about the nutritional value of the food which I feed my family.

Blueberries offer 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat. Here is a list of nutritional benefits:.

  1. They are dynamos of Dietary fibre: Since the body requires a lot of fibre. It is a good source to keep your cholesterol in check.
  2. They are an Anti-oxidants: They serve as the best antioxidant source as compared to other food.
  3. Also, excellent source of Manganese: Manganese is very essential for the bone development and also,  it converts fats, proteins and carbohydrates into energy.
  4. They are rich in Vitamin C: One serving provides 14 mg of vitamin C which is 25 % of your daily requirement.

So when you combine the blueberries with milk, it surely increases the nutrients value.

I hope you found this useful. I hope as much I love finding about the nutrient value for a food, you enjoyed reading it too.

So here is what is used for a Blueberry Smoothie:

1/2 cup nonfat or  low-fat milk

1/2 cup non fat plain yogurt

1 cup frozen blueberries (unsweetened)

1 teaspoon honey

Method:

Blend all the ingredients in a mixer and your Blueberry smoothie is ready!!

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Blueberry Crumb Bars

10 Jan

So invite you to enjoy yet another blueberry recipe. Baking is something that I really love. It gives me pleasure and satisfaction. So I thought why not use blueberries for baking. I decided to make Blueberry Crumb Bars.

This is one of my favourite recipes. I love the crumb whether it is on a cake or a pie. This is one crumb bar to die for. It is utterly delicious. The crust and the crumb have a sweet taste but the blueberries in it give it a tangy taste to it. Blueberries are an exotic fruit. It’s flavorsomely sour and delicious.  I love the sweet and tanginess in a dessert. The freshness of the butter is definitely very oozing and yum. It is nice tea-time or a dessert to serve.

Blueberries can be easily substituted with raspberries or cranberries (whatever you may like). Since I am a blueberry fan and this being a blueberry week, I use Blueberry.

For this I used:

1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cold unsalted butter (2 sticks or 8 ounces)
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
Zest and juice from one lemon
4 cups fresh blueberries
2/3 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, and baking powder. Mix in salt and lemon zest. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg. (I use my hands.) Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan.

3. In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently mix in the blueberries. Sprinkle the blueberry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Scrumptioussss Crumb Barrr!!!

I actually ate right away when it came out of the oven.

 (adapted Allrecipes.com)

Verdict:

Loved by everyone who tasted!!!

BlueBerry Pavlova

6 Jan

 
‘Happy New Year 2012’
 
My first post this year had to be special.
 
‘Pavlova’…Hmm…Yum..Yum..Yum…
 
 
Why I am saying Yum Yum Yum because a Pavlova is one of its kind of dessert. It is a meringue cake which has a light delicate crisp crust and a light marshmallow centre. This is a lovely dessert served with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
 
The Pavlova can be made several days in advance of serving, if stored in a cool dry place, in an airtight container. A Pavlova is usually served with softly whipped cream and fresh fruits. Because of the sweetness of the meringue I like to offset the sweetness with tart flavoured fruits. Raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, blackberries, and passion fruit are my personal favourites. Try to place the whipped cream and the fruit shortly before serving as the Pavlova will immediately start to soften and break down from the moisture of topping.
 
 
 
                                                                                                                     !! Scrumptious!!
 
 
For this I used:
4 eggs whites
1 cup Castor sugar
1 tsp white vinegar
2 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp vanilla essence or 1 pod of vanilla extract
 
Topping:
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup blueberries
Some berries for the garnish
 
Method:
1. Pre-heat the oven at 140 degree celsius.
2. Beat the egg whites till they double in volume and become runny.
3. Add sugar in batches so that it dissolves completely into the merengue. Make sure that the mixture is not grainy.
4. Add the vinegar, and vanilla essence.
5. Carefully mix the cornflour in the merengue.
6. On a parchment paper, spread the eggy mixture making a circle. Flatten out the top making sure that the edges are higher than the centre.
7. Put in the preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hour till the top becomes dry and edges become a little firm.
8. Let the Pavlova cool down in the oven.
9. While serving, beat the cream well and top the Pavlova with it.
10. Pour the blueberries topping on the Pavlova and decorate with some berries, pomegranate or kiwi  or which ever fruit you like.
 
 
 
 
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