Well, raspberry fever continues. We found a u-pick right down the road from us with wonderful, huge berries. I'm not usually a berry picker, but I wanted my kids to experience the torture, and much to my surprise, they had a great time. While their boxes were nearly empty, their faces were smeared with red juice and they had the look of truly satisfied raspberry appreciators. At first I was concerned that they not eat too many, out of respect for the farmer and the fact that we pay for them by the full box, not the full belly. The solution is to guess how much they might have eaten and simply pay for it.
This recipe is so simple, but unbelievably good. If you live in the Valley, the some of the finest cultivated (and Organic!) blueberries are available from Lazy Brook Farm (year round, they freeze them). There are also dozens of blueberry u-picks open right now, and wild blueberries can be found growing all over the place...just look down! Collect your berries, make the Vanilla Cupcakes, whip up a little cream and make this tasty dessert in no time at all:
Raspberry Blueberry Shortcakes for 6
6 Vanilla Cupcakes (or use your favourite scone recipe instead)
1 pint Blueberries
1/4 C. Sugar
1 pint Raspberries
1 C. Whipping Cream
1 t. Vanilla
Sugar to taste
Heat the blueberries and sugar over medium high heat in a saucepan. When they are juicy and bubbling (after about five minutes), remove from the heat. Let cool about ten minutes, then fold in the raspberries. Whip the cream and add the vanilla and sugar to taste. Split the cupcakes, top with half the berries and cream, then replace the tops and spoon on the rest of the berries and cream. ahhhh...