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Blueberry Raspberry Crumb Pie

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My FAVORITE pie I have made yet!

This is a 

Blueberry Raspberry Crumb Pie

that is sure to impress anyone!

The richness of the berries make it a little sour and a little sweet. I absolutely LOVE raspberries and try to incorporate them into pretty much most baking things. 

This pie is absolutely stunning and is a delectable dessert!

I made this for my husbands birthday and he just raved and raved about it. 

The flavor of the multiberry and then what sent it over the top was the delicious crumb topping!

 

Ingredients:

1 recipe perfect pie crust

1/4 cup heavy cream (to glaze the crimped pie edges)

Cinnamon Sugar Crumb Topping

2 cups blueberries, washed and dried

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups raspberries

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca

 

To Make:

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

To prepare the pie shell, on a clean, lightly floured work surface, roll out half the disk of dough with a rolling pin until it forms a 10 inch circle.

Wrap half of the dough and  use for up to 5 days.

Fold the circle in half, place it in a 9 inch pie plate so the edges of the circle drop over the rim

and unfold the dough to completely cover pie plate.

Using your thumb and index finger,  crimp the edges of the pie shell.

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Brush the edges of the pie shell with heavy cream.

Set the pie shell to the side while you make the filling.

 

Filling:

To prepare the filling, place the blueberries medium bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of the sugar, flour, and cinnamon.

Pour the dry ingredient mixture over the blueberries until they are are evenly coated.

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In a separate medium bowl, toss the raspberries with the remaining ½ cup sugar,  the cornstarch, and the tapioca until the raspberries are evenly coated. 

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Combine the raspberries and blueberries in a single bowl and gently toss until they are well combined. 

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Place the blueberry-raspberry filling in the the bottom.

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Sprinkle the crumb topping over the top completely.

To bake, place the pie plate on the lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. 

Reduce the heat to 350°F and continue baking for 40 minutes more, until the crust is golden brown and the juices are bubbling.

Transfer the pie plate to a  wire cooling rack and allow the pie to cool and set 1 ½ hours before serving.

It will keep at temperature overnight and can be stored in refrigerator for 4 days.

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Look at that delicious crumb topping!

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Blueberry Raspberry Crumb Pie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 recipe perfect pie crust (click link)
  2. 1/4 cup heavy cream (to glaze the crimped pie edges)
  3. Cinnamon Sugar Crumb Topping (click link)
  4. 2 cups blueberries, washed and dried
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. 2 cups raspberries
  9. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  10. 1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. To prepare the pie shell, on a clean, lightly floured work surface, roll out half the disk of dough with a rolling pin until it forms a 10 inch circle.Wrap half of the dough and use for up to 5 days.
  4. Fold the circle in half, place it in a 9 inch pie plate so the edges of the circle drop over the rim
  5. and unfold the dough to completely cover pie plate.
  6. Using your thumb and index finger, crimp the edges of the pie shell.Brush the edges of the pie shell with heavy cream.
  7. Set the pie shell to the side while you make the filling.
Filling
  1. To prepare the filling, place the blueberries medium bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of the sugar, flour, and cinnamon.
  3. Pour the dry ingredient mixture over the blueberries until they are are evenly coated.
  4. In a separate medium bowl, toss the raspberries with the remaining ½ cup sugar, the cornstarch, and the tapioca until the raspberries are evenly coated.
  5. Combine the raspberries and blueberries in a single bowl and gently toss until they are well combined.
  6. Place the blueberry-raspberry filling in the the bottom. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the top completely.
  7. To bake, place the pie plate on the lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Reduce the heat to 350°F and continue baking for 40 minutes more, until the crust is golden brown and the juices are bubbling.
  9. Transfer the pie plate to a wire cooling rack and allow the pie to cool and set 1 ½ hours before serving.
  10. It will keep at temperature overnight and can be stored in refrigerator for 4 days.
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

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Blueberry Banana Bread

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My son has such a love of blueberries. I seriously think he could eat an entire pint in one sitting.

He kept asking me to make blueberry banana bread, so last weekend we got all the ingredients out and gave it a whirl.

I am SO glad that I did because this is one of his favorite snacks now. 

At least once a week he will come home from school asking for me to make it!

I prefer to make the mini loaves myself and freeze some for later. 

Either way….this 

Banana Blueberry Bread

is delicious, moist, and full of pure deliciousness!

 

You will need:

1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (thawed)

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup mashed bananas (I use about 3 average sized bananas)

4 tablespoons buttermilk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

 

To Make: 

Grease and flour 1 large loaf pan (9 1/4 X 5 1/4-inch) or mini loaf pans.

 In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. 

Add eggs, bananas, buttermilk and vanilla until the batter is well mixed. 

Add in the flour, baking powder, salt and soda. 

Fold in the blueberries.

Mix until well combined. 

 

Divide batter into greased and floured bread pans and 

bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes (if using 1 large loaf pan) 

or 35 minutes for mini loaves and until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Blueberry Banana Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup blueberries
  2. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  3. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 cup mashed bananas (I use about 3 average sized bananas)
  6. 4 tablespoons buttermilk
  7. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 1 3/4 cups flour
  9. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  10. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  11. 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
Instructions
  1. Grease and flour 1 large loaf pan (9 1/4 X 5 1/4-inch) or mini loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
  3. Add eggs, bananas, buttermilk and vanilla until the batter is well mixed.
  4. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt and soda.
  5. Mix until well combined.
  6. Divide batter into greased and floured bread pans and bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes (if using 1 large loaf pan) or 35 minutes for mini loaves and until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

 

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Friday Finds Linky Party #18

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Hello fellow readers!
It’s that time…..our Friday Finds Linky Party!
We love showcasing all your amazing projects, recipes, and DIY’s, so please link up and you have a chance to be featured next week!
Here’s our favorites from this past week!

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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Pistachio Fluff  from Shaken Together
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Jenny from Bloom Designs || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Mint and Gold Accent Table  from My Creative Days
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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St. Patrick’s Day Printables from Craftaholics Anonymous

 

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
 
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Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Stand Tall Giant Flamingo from A Girl and a Glue Gun

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook
 
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DIY Branch Necklace Holder from Crafty Hands and Pretty Nails
 
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Stamped Tribal Clutch from Delineate Your Dwelling
 
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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

 
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Pink and Gold Polymer Clay Earrings from Pitter and Glink

Post your favorite link from this week to have a chance to be featured in our post next week or to get pinned to our Friday Finds Pinterest Board!

 
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Potato Packets

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These 

Potato Packets

are out of this world!

Packed full of flavor, easy to make, and go with everything!

The possibilities are endless with what you want to put inside and the great thing is that each person can personalize their own!

 

You will need:

a bag of red potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch slices

aluminum foil

red onion

mushrooms

4-8 Tbsp butter, depending on preference

 

To Make:

*You can either make these on the grill or in the oven*

Slice up red onion and mushrooms. 

 Lay out a piece of foil and place a handful of sliced potatoes inside.

Then add anything else you like….mushrooms, onion, peppers, corn, beans, etc.

The Onions REALLY give it a huge burst of flavor!

Then drop in 1-2 Tbsp butter in each packet. 

Seal up packets and place them outside on a preheated grill, 15 minutes.

If you make these in the oven, turn temperature to 400 degrees

and bake for 20 minutes. 

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Potato Packets
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Ingredients
  1. a bag of red potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  2. aluminum foil
  3. 1 red onion
  4. mushrooms
  5. 4-8 Tbsp butter, depending on preference
Instructions
  1. *You can either make these on the grill or in the oven*
  2. Slice up red onion and mushrooms.
  3. Lay out a piece of foil and place a handful of sliced potatoes inside.
  4. Then add anything else you like....mushrooms, onion, peppers, corn, beans, etc.
  5. The Onions REALLY give it a huge burst of flavor!
  6. Then drop in 1-2 Tbsp butter in each packet.
  7. Seal up packets and place them outside on a preheated grill, 15 minutes.
  8. If you make these in the oven, turn temperature to 400 degrees
  9. and bake for 20 minutes.
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

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Friday Finds Linky Party #17

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Hey guys! Yay for Friday and for the Friday Finds Linky Party – where we showcase awesome stuff linked by you guys each week! Take a peek at our favorite finds for this week and don’t forget to link up for a chance to be featured next week in 8 blogs – yep, you read that right! Now for our favorites for this week:

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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

 

 
Handpainted Marble Wall Box from Delineate Your Dwelling
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Jenny from Bloom Designs || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

 

Buffalo Pretzels from Amy’s Cooking Adventures
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Pow Wow 3rd Birthday Party from That Cute Little Cake

 

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
 

Striped Wood Block Display from Reasons to Skip the Housework

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

 

Heart Collage Artwork from The DIY Village

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook
 

 

 
Metal Wrapped Wood Arrow from My Creative Days
 
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Spring Hydrangea Wreath from Gluesticks
 
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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

 

 

 
 

DIY Fabric Basket from Gluesticks

Post your favorite link from this week to have a chance to be featured in our post next week or to get pinned to our Friday Finds Pinterest Board!

 
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2. Limit 3 Links per person
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Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Around the holidays I was racking my brain to find a great salad that would fit with all the holiday food of ham and turkey. 

This

Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

fit the bill because it not only has spinach and iceberg lettuce for a nice variety,

but the addition of candied walnuts and bacon send it over the top!

It is delicious and I love this Poppy Seed Dressing with it.

Just the right amount of sweet and tart!

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You will need:

4 cups fresh baby spinach

4 cups iceberg lettuce

1 ½ cups sliced fresh mushrooms

Candied Walnuts

½ pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Dressing:

¼ cup red wine vinegar

3 Tbsp sugar

¾ tsp salt

¼ tsp ground mustard

½ cup canola oil

1 ½ tsp poppy seeds

 

To Make:

 In a large bowl, combine spinach, lettuce, mushrooms, and bacon.

Place vinegar, salt, sugar, and mustard in blender.

While processing, gradually add oil in steady stream.

Transfer to a bowl; stir in poppy seeds.

Divide salad among 6 plates, drizzle with dressing.

 

Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  2. 4 cups iceberg lettuce
  3. 1 ½ cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  4. Candied Walnuts
  5. ½ pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
Dressing
  1. ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  2. 3 Tbsp sugar
  3. ¾ tsp salt
  4. ¼ tsp ground mustard
  5. ½ cup canola oil
  6. 1 ½ tsp poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine spinach, lettuce, mushrooms, and bacon.
  2. Place vinegar, salt, sugar, and mustard in blender.
  3. While processing, gradually add oil in steady stream.
  4. Transfer to a bowl; stir in poppy seeds.
  5. Divide salad among 6 plates, drizzle with dressing.
Adapted from Taste of Home Annual Recipes 2014
Adapted from Taste of Home Annual Recipes 2014
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

 

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 Enjoy! 

 

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The PERFECT Chocolate Chip Cookie

 

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For years and years, I’ve tried finding the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, but I have failed miserably.

I’ve found a delicious malted milk chocolate chip cookies which are one of my favorite cookies, BUT they are as flat as a pancake. 

What I have been in search of is the delicate blend of a beautifully puffy, chewy chocolate chip cookie and top notch delicious flavor.

Well, it is with pure excitement, that I announce that I have done it!

I have found 

The PERFECT Chocolate Chip Cookie!

I am so excited to share the recipe with you today.

Here is what you will need:

1 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp coarse sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 3/4 cup all purpose flour

12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 

Cream butter and both sugars together at medium speed, until light brown color is achieved, about 4 minutes.

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Scrape down the bowl and add eggs and vanilla.   Beat for 2 more minutes. 

Add all dry ingredients, except chocolate chips, and mix until incorporated.

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Pour in chocolate chips and mix a final time. 

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Form balls about 2 Tbsp worth of cookie dough {i use a medium scoop} and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. 

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until edges are brown. 

Remove from the oven and drop the pan straight down onto a flat counter, it will force the cookies to settle and give it that “perfect” appearance. 

Let cool on baking racks. 

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Marvel in your glorious cookies!

Enjoy.

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The PERFECT Chocolate Chip Cookie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter, room temperature
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  7. 1 tsp baking soda
  8. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  10. 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Cream butter and both sugars together at medium speed, until light brown color is achieved, about 4 minutes.
  3. Scrape down the bowl and add eggs and vanilla. Beat for 2 more minutes.
  4. Add all dry ingredients, except chocolate chips, and mix until incorporated.
  5. Pour in chocolate chips and mix a final time.
  6. Form balls about 2 Tbsp worth of cookie dough {i use a medium scoop} and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until edges are brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and drop the pan straight down onto a flat counter, it will force the cookies to settle and give it that "perfect" appearance.
  9. Let cool on baking racks.
Adapted from This week for dinner
Adapted from This week for dinner
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

 

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