Here in the Midwest, the trees and flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and suddenly I’m reaching for the allergy medicine. That said, I love this time of year, because it means summer is just around the corner and so too are lovely in-season fruits.
As a child, I did not see the appeal of chocolate, not chocolate ice cream, chocolate cake or even chocolate bars. In fact, I didn’t develop a taste for chocolate until my early 20′s. That said, I did love all things berry and apple, especially when it came to dessert.
This week, inspired by the approaching warm weather season, I found two must-try fruit dessert recipes. The first comes from the talented and hilarious Kelly of www.SomethingShinyBlog.com.
Pictured left, Kelly’s Blueberry Crumble Pie was made using fresh blueberries she hand-picked herself.
If baking your own pie crust makes you somewhat anxious, fret not. Kelly admits that dessert pie crusts can intimidate her, but she explains that this crust and topping is easy to make, calling for butter, brown sugar, flour, old fashioned oats and cinnamon.
The best part of this crumble pie — besides the fresh blueberries of course — is the sauce, which is created using more brown sugar and cinnamon.
Finally, added to the blueberries is some lemon juice and zest, for a complex, yet back-to-basics sweet goodness everyone will enjoy. Check out her blog for step-by-step instructions for creating this delicious dessert for your family.
Next up, I had to share this amazing and innovative Riesling Poached Pear Tart with Chai Spiced Custard and Almond Crust from the blog Thyme.
Originally, I had seen the beautiful photos for this dessert dish on Pinterest, and was excited to learn that a blogger I was already communicating with was behind the elegant photos.
Inspired by the recipe of another lovely food blog, Roost, Sarah of Thyme, recreated this dish after the unexpected gift of fresh-picked pears by someone who admired her blog. Steeped in Riesling wine and poached with an aromatic and flavorful combination of vanilla, cinnamon and honey, the pears alone look delicious.
But added to that, Sarah baked an almond crust and filled it with a chai spiced custard using vanilla, vanilla seeds, cinnamon, honey, star anise, ground ginger, cardamom, ground cloves, allspice and cocoa butter.
Hooked yet? I know I am. What’s more, her entire blog is full of beautiful photography. Check out the photos in this post — the pear still life shots are pretty incredible.