Foodie Friday: blackberry bonanza!

One of my favorite things about summer are the berries- strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries!  Here in the Willamette Valley they are in abundance.  Right now, all the wild blackberries are in full swing, so I am featuring a yummy little dessert that we tried for the first time last summer, and it's making a repeat visit. 
It's not hard, don't let this fancy lil' number scare you!  :)

The combination of sweet and tart with the lemon curd and blackberries is perfect. 
Light lemon flavor, earthy, sweet tart blackberries and a flaky pie crust.
A prize winning recipe from Better Homes and Gardens in the May 2003 issue. Recipe submitted by Mary Lou Cook- right here in Oregon!  :)

Lemon Blackberry Mini Tarts
  • 1 frozen pie crust
  • 1/2 of an 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c. of purchased lemon curd
  • 1 c. fresh blackberries
  • 2 T seedless blackberry spreadable fruit (I used some blackberry jam I had already made)
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • powdered sugar
 the recipe calls for mint sprigs as garnish- I opted for without

 1. Let pie crust stand  at room temperature for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Gently remove pie crust from pan or packaging and unfold if necessary.
Cut four 4 1/2 to 5 inch rounds from pie crust. (I just used my tartlet pans like cookie cutters.) Press rounds firmly into bottom and up sides of four 3 1/2 to 4 inch individual tart pans with removable bottoms. Trim crusts even with top of pans.  Prick bottoms of each crust several times with tines of a fork. Place pans on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

2. In a small mixing bowl beat cream cheese and lemom curd with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Divide evenly among crusts, spreading evenly. Cover; refrigerate 2 hours or until chilled. Before serving, remove tarts from pan, place on plates. Arrange berries on tarts.  Combine spreadable fruit / jam and lemon juice; drizzle over tarts.  If desired, add mint sprig, and sprinkle tarts with powdered sugar.
Makes 4

Note: If you don't have the tartlet pans they refer to here, you can find them at a cooking store.  I got mine locally from Carl's Cuisine.

Two!  Two recipes for the price of one!
here's another great recipe we tried the other night, this one was from the August issue of Sunset magazine in 2009:

Blackberry Lime Rickeys
Serves 6
oops, okay, so ignore that it's garbage day in the background! ;)

  • 2 cups of blackberries, divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup gin (we used lime infused gin)
  • ice cubes
  • 1 liter sparkling water
  • lime slices for garnish
 In a blender, whirl 1 1/2 cups blackberries, the sugar and lime juice until smooth. Rub through a fine mesh sieve/strainer into a pitcher to extract juices.
Stir in gin.
Half fill 6 glasses with ice. Pour gin mixture into them and fill with sparkling water. Garnish with remaining blackberries and lime slices.

This has a nice flavor to it- not a strong alcohol flavor, and not too sweet.  Very refreshing and fun! 

Let me know if you try either of these recipes- I'd love to hear what you think.
Enjoy your weekend~


  1. Oh goodness! That Lemon Blackberry Mini Tart looks absolutely divine! I will certainly be trying this recipe soon!

    I am visiting from New Friend Friday at The Trendy Treehouse!

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  3. Hey there girl! These are some wonderful treats here! I can't wait to try them out! I am happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and would love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I also would like to invite you to my weekly Fabulous Friday Finds party! I hope you stop have great style!
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

  4. Thanks Stephanie and Sarah for visiting me! :D

    Terrell, I have seen your blog name on some of my other favorites, I will be stopping by! Thanks for the invite, and for becoming a follower! Yay!!

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