Thursday, February 10, 2011

Blueberry Delisimo!!!

Valentine's Day is a few days away.  I do know what scrumptious dessert I'll be baking in two days. The Blueberries that I'll be using are in my freezer and they will be defrosted in my fridge. Yes, fresh berries can be used, but in my freezer is my year's supply - just ready to use.  This is one of those times! 


For many years I have baked a very tempting blueberry dessert, but never had realized how much my family really enjoyed it.  I've always baked yummy goodies, and we've always eaten them very quickly.  While growing up, my sons always had hearty appetites.  I knew my family always enjoyed the taste of Blueberries and cake combined with vanilla ice cream. 

A few years ago one of my sons was "back home" working very late hours.  He would return to our home in the wee hours of the morn after work and reheat his dinner.  One night we had Blueberry Delisimo for dessert.  My ravenous son sat down with the smaller of my Rose Colored Pyrex baking dishes that contained this dessert and he devoured the remaining half - before he realized it.  He totally forgot about the nutritious dinner waiting to be placed in the microwave. 

The next AM I saw the cleaned Pyrex in the dish rack.  From that moment on I've called this dessert "Blueberry Delisimo."  Occasionally if there is time the day before when we are driving in to visit him & his family, a Delisimo that has been baked in a Glad OvenWare container (by following directions for usage) makes the trip down the Mass Pike with my DH and I.  This dessert will always be a favorite in my family!

***Before placing the unbaked Delisimo in the oven it is not unusual to question how a delicious dessert would ever result from the scene going on in the baking dish.  Oh, but it does!  When making this mouthwatering dessert, do not be fooled by the "place water over the top" method. It all works!

Blueberry Delisimo
Oven:  350°F    Time:  50 - 60 Minutes 

Ingredients 
2 Cups Blueberries, defrosted & drained, if not fresh
2 teaspoons Minute Tapioca
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice - I use Realemon.
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
3 Tablespoons solid Crisco shortening
1/2 Cup Milk, can be Soy Milk
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Topping
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
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7/8 Cup Hot Water - boiled or microwaved for 1 and 1/2 Minutes

Method 
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray PAM in a glass 8"x8" pan.
  3. Place Blueberries in pan.
  4. Sprinkle with Tapioca and Lemon Juice.
  5. In a small bowl combine Sugar, Flour, Baking Powder & Salt. 
  6. Add solid Crisco shortening.  Blend with pastry blender.
  7. Add Milk, stir together.
  8. Place spoonfuls of mixture over Blueberries.  Then, spread mixture over Blueberries.
  9. In another small bowl, combine additional Sugar, Cinnamon and Cornstarch.  Sprinkle over batter.
  10. Heat water.  Pour water over entire mixture in pan, making sure all dry ingredients are covered with water.
  11. Bake at 350°F for 50 - 60 Minutes - until brown on top.
  12. Serve when cooled with vanilla ice cream.
  13. Cover and refrigerate any leftover dessert.  
***In the past when sharing this recipe I'm asked about the unusual 7/8 Cup of water.  When I used 1 Cup, the blueberry juice bubbled up and my oven was a mess.  When using 3/4 Cup water this dessert was too dryMy solution - 7/8 Cup easily measured with my Pyrex liquid measuring cup worked well.  :)

My family still chuckles whenever we remember the dinner our son enjoyed in the wee hours of the morn a few years ago.  It lasts so much longer when it is not an entree.  :)  

Enjoy!
Yummy!
Happy Valentine's Day!!!
       

12 comments:

Stacey said...

I am absolutely going to bookmark this recipe. We love blueberries. :)

Carol said...

It looks amazing! And a la mode put it right over the top good! I can't wait for blueberry season!

Cathy said...

I have blueberries in my freezer so don't have to wait until next summer to make this yummy dessert. Berries are a special treat during the winter months.

JG said...

Stacey- You'll love this blueberry dessert! :)

Carol- Oh, a la mode, yes. Yum!

Cathy- Isn't it great to take a bag of frozen local blueberries out of the freezer in the winter?Definitely worth the small amount of prep time in the summer. Also economical. :)

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I just love blueberries, and they are so healthy for you too! That looks delicious!

Rita said...

Like you; I have blueberries sitting in my freezer year round. I buy them at the market in the summer always ready for a dessert. I printed this one out because it will be loved when my sons when they come to visit( I have 4 and I know about hearty appetites.)
Rita

JG said...

Carrie- Blueberries are sooo goood!

Rita- Do your sons still "graze" in the fridge when they are "back home"? One still never knows what you can find until you scout it out. :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love fresh blueberries and ate some on top of cottage cheese this afternoon for a snack! Your dessert sounds better! lol Hugs! ♥♥♥

Mary said...

I love blueberries and this sounds delicious. I have a stash in my freezer at all times for recipes such as this. I hope you have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

JG said...

Lavender Dreamer- Cottage Cheese is a great snack. I'm liking it with blueberries, too!

Mary- That stash comes in handy. :)

ann said...

I love blueberry desserts. Don't you love when your kids love your cooking? I really do.

JG said...

ann- :)