Friday, September 6, 2019

Blueberry and Blackberry Pie

A great combination of blueberries
 and blackberries, 
Simple and fast to make, 
and sure to disappear fast.
Made with frozen or fresh berries,

Use your favorite piecrust, 
I used a butter pie crust for this recipe.

Butter Pie Crust
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter chilled and diced
1/4 cup ice water

In a large bowl combine flour and salt.
Cut in butter until mixture resembles course crumbs.
Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time,
until mixture forms a ball.
The crust may be refrigerated,
before rolling out the dough.

Roll out dough to fit a 8" pie plate.

Preheat Oven to  425 deg. F.

Ingredients for pie filling.
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 cups blueberries
1 1/2 cups blackberries
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp butter.

Whisk together the white sugar, 
flour and cinnamon in a bowl.
Add the blueberries and blackberries.
Mix all together.

Put in the prepared pie pan.
Sprinkle with lemon juice 
and dot with butter.

I rolled out the rest of the dough
and cut lattice strips for the top of the pie.

Bake for approximately 45 minutes.

until the crust is golden brown and the juices are bubbling.

I served with my black china tea cups.


Praying that everyone in Hurricane Dorian's path is safe.
We are expecting high winds and heavy rains tonight here in Eastern Quebec. 

Thanks for your visit xo

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Orange Cake

I made an orange cake for
 my sister Annie's birthday.

I adapted a recipe from an 
old Five Roses Cookbook.

Preheat oven to 350deg. F.


2 cups flour 

3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter softened

1 1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. orange extract.
Orange rind of l orange.
1 cup milk.


Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

With an electric beater, 
mix the butter until softened, 
add gradually, the sugar, eggs and 
the orange extract, milk, 
and 1/2 of the orange rind

Add the orange rind

Grease the pan, line the bottom with
 waxed paper or parchment paper.
This cake can be done as a layer cake
  in 2,   8" round pans. 

I used my old tube pan.
The bottom comes out,  for easy removal. 
I have been using this many for many years.

Bake 350 deg. F.  for 50-60 mins. 
for one cake or
30-35 mins for 2 layer cakes. 
Or when a toothpick inserted in the middle,
comes out clean. 

Orange glaze

2 tbs cornstarch
1/3 cup sugar
Few grains of salt
3/4 cup boiling water
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice
Orange rind
2 tbsp. butter.
2 tbsp icing sugar (confectioners sugar)

In a double boiler combine the  cornstarch, sugar, salt
and 1/4 cup of the water  and beat until smooth.
Add remaining water and cook until thick,  over boiling water.

Add a little of the hot mixture to the beaten egg and add to mixture.
Cook 2 minutes longer. 
Stir in remaining ingredients except the confectioner sugar (icing sugar)
Set aside to Cool, 
then add the 2 tbsp of icing sugar (confectioners sugar)

Spread over cake.

Markings on the bottom of the cups.
Johnson Bros ~Made in England.


Thanks for your visit xo