Easy blueberry dessert incorporates crust
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 09:15
WESTON - Family and friends would probably say Jacki Murphy is best known for her cheesecakes. She would have to agree.
|Jacki Murphy holds her blueberry crumble dessert. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
But most recently she got noticed for a different sort of dessert entirely, a kind of blueberry crunch known as Billie's Blueberry Dessert.
Murphy made the dish for a May 30 potluck and bake-off at Sonlight Church and Community Center. It was the final event in a multi-week series called the Andy Griffith Bible Study. The potluck, featured in two other Cook's Corner columns this summer, focused on recipes from the popular Aunt Bee's Mayberry Cookbook as a natural tie-in.
"The blueberry dish was delicious," praised Glenda Boggs, wife of pastor Chris Boggs.
"It was kind of sweet and tart at the same time, with the lemon juice in it," Murphy says, explaining what makes the dessert so memorable.
"The overall response was that it was really good; that they liked it."
Murphy, a busy mom of four, including three stepkids, has to drive to Findlay every day for her job at Whirlpool. She chose this recipe to make for two main reasons.
"I work, so I needed to find something simple and that wouldn't take much time, that I could throw it together and make it to the Bible study on time."
Despite her full schedule, Murphy decided to take the Bible study in the first place because "I love the Andy Griffish show and it sounded interesting to me how they would correlate the lessons from the Bible with the television shows."
On the first night of the series "they passed the cookbook around and said there would be a bake-off (on the last week) if anybody wanted to make a dessert for it."
Murphy, who loves to cook and bake, opted to look through the cookbook right away that night, and it was the blueberry dessert that caught her eye.
"It was very simple. You couldn't find anything much simpler" in the entire cookbook. "You don't really make the crust, you just mix it in with the blueberries and bake it."
Also, one of the ingredients it calls for is orange rind, which intrigued her.
"That sounded a little odd, but it actually added a little bit of color and just a bit of zest to it."
The night she brought the dish to the church, Murphy was amused because "everybody kept asking me: Are there carrots in it? Because it was orange."
The answer was "no" - it was simply the effect of the secret ingredient, the orange rind.
Alas for Murphy's family. Her husband Nate and the kids, Taylor, 16; Austin, 11; Genevieve Frye, 8, and Alisa, 6, still haven't had a chance to taste the blueberry dessert since they weren't at the potluck.
"Austin loves blueberries, so I figure he'd like it" in particular. "I'll have to make it again for a family gathering or something."
She does enjoy granting their mealtime wishes, like her oft-requested lasagna.
Or her cheesecakes. They are so tasty that "usually the kids, lately, when it's their birthday, they request me to make a cheesecake" instead of a more traditional frosted layer cake.
"There's a cappuccino one that I love" but the kids often ask for strawberry or cherry cheesecake.
"Sometimes I'll make mini cheesecakes and top them with candy bar - for example Snickers, Kit Kat or M&Ms."
Billie's blueberry dessert
2 16-oz. packages fresh or frozen blueberries
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
Whipped cream or ice cream
Butter a 9-inch baking dish. In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients except the whipped cream or ice cream. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 25 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.