We’ve got some beautiful, new marbled Taro and Blueberry Macarons for you! What is taro, some might ask? It’s a root crop (like yams!) that is grown in loads of different, often tropical countries around the world, but one of its most common uses ’round these parts is as a bubble tea flavour! It tastes a lot like vanilla. These are going to look amazing on any table. Or on a picnic blanket. Or in your hand for the 10 seconds they last after you take them out of the box to eat them 😉 We were also thinking it’s been a while since we posted a recipe, and it sorrrt of feels like it might be a cozy, pancakes kind of weekend (must be the rain and that ever so slightly fall-ish feel) so we tracked down what looks like an excellent “Oven-Baked Blueberry Pancake” recipe on good old MarthaStewart.com.
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup whole milk
1 large egg, room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 tablespoon for pan
1 cup blueberries (about 5 ounces)
Confectioners’ sugar, for serving
Maple syrup, for serving
Preheat oven to 375 degrees with rack in upper third. Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet (or other nonstick ovenproof pan) in oven. Whisk together flour, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together milk, egg, and melted butter in another bowl. Whisk milk mixture into flour mixture until just combined.
Remove skillet from oven and add remaining 1 tablespoon butter, swirling to coat. Pour in batter and smooth top with an offset spatula. Sprinkle evenly with blueberries and remaining 1 teaspoon granulated sugar.
Bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool 5 minutes before dusting with confectioners’ sugar and serving with syrup.
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And then we thought we’d add these “Blueberry Swirl Ice Pops” because they match our macarons. And also because knowing the weather here lately, the weekend could just as easily turn into a scorcher!
6 ounces blueberries (1 cup)
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 cup heavy cream
In a small saucepan, bring blueberries and 1/4 cup sugar to a boil over high. Reduce heat and simmer, crushing berries against side of pan with a wooden spoon, until mixture is syrupy, 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and refrigerate until cool, 30 minutes.
In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup sugar, yogurt, and cream until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Pour yogurt and blueberry mixtures, alternating them, into eight 3-ounce ice-pop molds, making 5 or 6 layers in each. With a skewer or thin-bladed knife, swirl mixtures together in an up-and-down motion. Insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until solid, about 6 hours (or up to 2 weeks).