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Rhubarb juice

Rhubarb Juice

Rhubarb Juice

As summer is finally winding down I wanted to make just one more recipe with Rhubarbs. This is a wonderful Rhubarb juice which I have been enjoying with my “bubble water” (Perrier water) and I also mixed it with some champagne or you could use your favorite sparkling wine, all very delicious. This late in the season it gets more challenging finding good Rhubarbs so when you shop for it, make sure the stalks are bright in color and crisp (no bending stalks here).

Fun Rhubarb fact: did you know that back in the 1940’s a New York court decided that Rhubarbs should be referred to as a fruit rather than a vegetable, due to fact that it’s usually paired with other fruits when cooking (guilty by association) 🙂

Rhubarb juice (makes 2 3/4 cups)

Ingredients:

5 rhubarb stalks (580 grams or 20.5 oz)

200 grams sugar (7 oz or 1 cup)

4.5 deciliter water (or 2 cups)

Directions:

Wash bottle or other glass container in hot soapy water, rinse well. Bring a kettle of water to a boil and poor into cleaned class container, allow to sit until rhubarb juice is ready.

Rinse and chop rhubarbs into 2 cm (3/4 inch) pieces. Place rhubarb into a cooking pot, add sugar and water. Bring up to a slow boil and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.  Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Return juice back into cleaned cooking pot, bring back to a simmer and poor into sterilized glass container. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 month. Enjoy!

Source: inspired by Downton Abbey Cooks

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Blackberry Bars

Blackberry Bars

Blackberry Bars

Growing up back home in Denmark my father always had an elaborate garden with berry bushes, fruit trees, a vegetable garden and a green house. Needless to say he has always had a very green thumb. As for myself, I do well with herbs and I have tried my hand at growing tomatoes which turned out pretty good and this summer my blackberry bush actually gave me beautiful, juicy berries. The bush didn’t quite give me enough berries for these delicious Blackberry bars but it did give me about half of the amount I needed. I have to say, that there is something very satisfying about being able to use produce that you have grown yourself.

Blackberry bars

Cut butter into dry ingredients, pulse until only small pieces of butter remain and mixture is crumbly.

As for these gorgeous little bars they are a wonderful summer treat. I think they taste best when chilled and then cut up and served. The cake itself is soft, yet firm, a little sweet with a great crumb on top and the berries give a nice tartness to the cake.

Blackberry bars 2

Baked crust, topped with berries and filling, topped with crumble mixture and baked until golden.

Blackberry Bars (makes 16 bars)

Ingredients for crust and topping:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (190 grams or 6.7 ounces)

3/4 cup sugar (160 grams or 5.6 ounces)

pinch of salt

zest of 1/2 lemon

3/4 cup unsalted butter, cold (12 tablespoons or 170 grams or 6.0 ounces)

Ingredients for filling:

2 large eggs

1 cup sugar (205 grams or 7.2 ounces)

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt or sour cream (135 grams or 4.8 ounces)

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour (52 grams)

pinch of salt

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

16 ounces fresh blackberries (453 grams), if using frozen berries thaw and drain of excess juices

Directions:

Line a 9 x 9 inch (22 x 22 cm) pan with foil and spray lightly with baking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C).

In the bowl of a food processor or electrical mixer, combine flour, sugar, salt and lemon zest. Give a quick stir to combine. Cut cold butter into 1/2 inch slices (1.3 cm), add to dry ingredients and pulse/mix until only small pieces of butter remain and the mixture is crumbly. Reserve 3/4 cup of mixture for topping the bars. Add the remaining mixture to prepared pan and gently press to form and even layer of crust at the bottom of the pan. Bake 12-15 minutes or until light golden. Let crust cool for 15 minutes before proceeding.

In a medium bowl combine eggs, sugar, yogurt (or sour cream), flour, salt, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth. Gently fold in the blackberries. Pour filling over baked crust and spread evenly. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 3/4 cup topping mixture. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until the filling is set and the top is starting to brown a little. Let cool completely on a wire rack at room temperature. Chill in refrigerator before cutting into bars. Enjoy!

Source: Annie’s Eats via The Pastry Queen

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