Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Fudgelet’s 4th Birthday Cake….s

Did you read the title? If you did then you can see that I made multiple cakes for the Fudgelet this year. We made rainbow cupcakes for his actual birthday and then his birthday party was a few weeks later. Since his birthday is so close to K’s birthday, we just made a small batch of cupcakes and then made a big cake for K this year (some years I do a smaller cake for K). And I knew the Fudgelet would get more cake at his party.

Let’s start with the cupcakes!

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Blueberry Hand Pies

These are like glorified pop tarts. Or just little pastries. You could easily fill them with other fruit or fillings, but I did quite like the blueberry filling. These were a nice breakfast, but beware that they are filling with the butter in the pastry dough. Next time, I plan on doubling the filling because there was plenty of room left inside the pies for more.

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Flour Bakery’s Blueberry Muffins

Let’s preface this with…the Chiplet could be here by now. Or maybe not. And by typing this, I have a weird deja vu feeling from when I wrote stuff like this about the Fudgelet’s arrival. If the Chiplet is here, I hope to give an update soon. If he hasn’t arrived yet or my update is slow, you can also check my Instagram/Twitter pages in case I update there first.

Now, onto the muffins!

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Berry Clafoutis (Baked Custard)

If you were keeping track of our blueberries and what we were doing with them, you might have thought we had used most of them and that blueberry recipes were finished. Or, that we wouldn’t have possibly bought more berries at a farmer’s market because they were a great price, especially for organic ones, and they looked sooooo good….or maybe you can believe it? I get a bit obsessed with berries in the summer. We have so many varieties out here in the Seattle area, and they seem to have such a long season here. I love it! K also loves it because he loves berry treats for his birthday desserts, and I try to find new ways of giving him these treats.

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The Tartine cookbook has been great for getting me to branch out with treats I never would have thought to make before. This recipe is another extension for me. K loves flan desserts because he grew up with his mom making numerous versions with canned fruit, plain, and so on. Then, of course, there is the classic egg tart in Chinese cooking. I asked him what he wanted for his birthday this year, and he wasn’t super interested in anything except that he didn’t want cake. So, I followed his wishes (except to make a small personal ice cream cake for him) and made this baked custard.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

I’m sure you were worried about the state of our blueberries after I posted about them with blueberry bars. What did we do with all of those blueberries? Were they given a good home? Did they make it out of the box they arrived in? Well, now you can rest easier. Here is yet another recipe using our supply. As with most things, if I ask K what he wants me to make (dessert-wise), he usually says ice cream. No matter what. I could say, we have extra sugar and he would want me to make ice cream with it. Luckily, that is one of the ingredients in ice cream, so it’s all good. For this ice cream, I was surprised that no one in my cookbooks had done a straight blueberry ice cream. They don’t know what they’re missing! I was worried there was some weird problem with them, and the world would laugh at my crazy blueberry ice cream ideas, but apparently I can now laugh at the world. And, you could leave it at blueberry ice cream. All well and good. But I thought it might want to meet up with a friend, namely Cheesecake. Liquid Cheesecake. Yeah, Momofuku Milk Bar fans, you know what I mean.

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Simple Blueberry Bars

As mentioned in the soup post on Wednesday, we have been having gorgeous weather, and the July 4th weekend was particularly lovely. We had a bit of a staycation–we went to an island the one day, had a party another day, and went blueberry picking on a different day. Naturally we picked way too many (at $2 a pound, how can you resist?) and I had to come up with a few uses for them besides general snacking. The first recipe was for these bars. Dorie calls it a cake, but really it works well as breakfast blueberry bars….so that is how I am filing this.

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Swirls of Graham Cracker Crust, Cheesecake, and Strawberry/Blueberry Curd

I bet you loved the pie so much from the last post that you had to come back today to see what else we could make with the curd, graham cracker crumbs, and liquid cheesecake. There is no chocolate in today’s recipe, although you certainly could add some! This was me noticing that I would have some liquid cheesecake leftover as well as crumbs and curd, and then realizing that it sounded like the Ben & Jerry’s strawberry cheesecake ice cream. My husband likes the flavor but often complains that he can’t taste the cheesecake flavor after a while. So, I decided to swirl it in as a mix-in, instead of just making it the base. This way, he gets bits of cheesecake as he goes, as well as other swirls. As I’ve mentioned previously, he is a smooth ice cream fan, so this fits the bill. The graham crumbs have a bit of texture, but they dissolve pretty quickly in a yummy way.

 

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