Saturday, July 16, 2011

Blueberries At Almost Heaven South

Earlier this year, I showed some pictures of our blueberry bushes loaded with blooms and they are now loaded with berries – more than we can use on cereal and casually eating.  So the family baker decided to take matters into her own hands and whip up a strudel.  As is normal for her, she used the following recipe from as a guide.

1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1 package (16 ounces) frozen peach slices, thawed and well drained
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
2 tablespoons coarse sugar or granulated sugar 

·         Heat the oven to 400°F.  Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork.  Stir the peaches, brown sugar, flour, pecans and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
·         Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface.  Roll the pastry sheet into a 14x12-inch rectangle.  Spoon the peach mixture lengthwise down the center of the pastry.  Cut slits 1 inch apart from the 2 sides of the pastry rectangle to within 1/2 inch of the peach mixture.  Starting at one end, fold the pastry strips over the peach mixture, alternating sides, to cover the peach mixture.  Brush the pastry with the egg mixture.  Sprinkle with the coarse sugar.  Place the pastry onto a baking sheet.
·         Bake for 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.  Let the pastry cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
That’s the recipe, but here’s what she did – she used two fresh peaches and the blueberries which ended up being 1 ¼ lb of total fruit and omitted the nuts.
It was delicious and suited my taste perfectly.  Unlike many desserts of this type which are thick, gooey, and super sweet, this was barely thick and lightly sweet – more like eating warmed fresh fruit.  It wouldn’t be thick enough to use in a pie, but should be perfect for turnovers.

Since then she's picked about another gallon and they went into the freezer.
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.
One year ago:  Growing Blueberries


  1. This is just my kind of dessert.

  2. Wow that is a GORGEOUS strudel! I love that you made it with homegrown berries!

  3. Bev's dessert is beautiful. I'm not a fan of gooey, super sweet pies either. This would be perfect for me.

    So nice that you can use your own fresh blueberries right out of the garden and of course the local peaches are the best they've been in years. Great job Bev.

  4. First an RV and now blueberries and a struedel??? That's it! I'm moving in.

  5. How awesome is the blueberry? Not only is it one of nature's "superfoods" with it's health benefits, it gets used in desserts and breads like this that do not feel like health food!

  6. Larry, Blueberries are just about my favorite fruit! Bev's strudel looks great... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  7. I like the fact that this is not overly sweet. It looks so delicious and I am quite jealous of your fresh blueberries.

  8. We got four blueberries this year. Seriously. Four.

  9. Blueberries happen to be one of my all time favorite fruits! They are so wonderful... and I bet the strudel tasted amazing!!

  10. Bookmarking this one . . . our blueberries are almost ready. Right now, the raspberries are really making a show!


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