Even those who claim to hate white chocolate will like these cakes. The white chocolate flavor comes through and the edges become slightly toasted, and the cakes are not too sweet or greasy. Balance out the rich sweetness with a gastrique of Cabernet vinegar and blackberries.
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A sour cream coffee cake that's soft and sweet and full of juicy blackberries gets a topping of big buttery crumbs.
I like to think of this as "shoulder season" jam. Always available apples are paired with a modest amount of (imported) blackberries, for a spread that hints of the summer months ahead.
Soft buttermilk panna cotta is cradled in a crisp, all-butter crust and topped with blackberries. To not make one before summer's end seems just criminal.
This recipe is at once a fresh breath of summer breeze and also a rich, frosty, custardy scoop. Blackberry Purée adds a lovely purple swirl.
These picnic-ready bars are like an extra thick shortbread cookie topped with toasted almonds and chunky, sweet blackberry preserves.
Bumbleberry is actually a combination of blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Together, they make a syrup that is the perfect companion for everything from bellinis to ice cream.
What if you want something homemade for breakfast but you ate all of last night's pie, as some of us are want to do? Then run to the store and pick up a few croissants and the best looking fruit you can find. In no time, you can have a delicious, light-yet-decadent spin on panzanella.
Corralled within the white chocolate-painted, cookie picket fence lie four layers of feathery lemon cake that are layered with ribbons of blackberry preserves and a white chocolate icing. Sitting on top: a lavish pile of midnight blue, fresh blackberries.
I love making crepes—the accomplishment of flipping (without ripping) them brings me great satisfaction. Once you get the hang of the technique, I'm sure you'll agree. These incorporate cocoa powder (I recommend Valrhona brand) into the crepe itself; the crepes are then rolled with blackberries and a mascarpone filling.
These ice cream sodas are refreshing and light enough to be appreciated on a hot humid day; but they're so beautiful and sophisticated, you can serve them at a dinner party. Fresh berries, homemade raspberry soda, and strawberry ice cream come together beautifully in each glass.
The first person to put crumb topping on muffins was a genius. More isn't always more, but I can think of very few times when an extra layer of butter rubbed with brown sugar and cinnamon wouldn't be a good idea. In fact, after eating crumb-topped muffins I often look at plain muffins and think sadly, "What a shame. You're all so... bald."
After a recent visit to the Harry & David outlet store in Wrentham, Massachusetts, I bought their Blackberry Jam Cake Mix ($8.95, available at your local Harry & David outlet). What can I say? I'm partial to anything baked with swirls. As I stood over the bowl stirring, it smelled distinctly like yellow cake, in an overwhelming and artificial way. It smelled like cake the way Auntie Anne's smells like pretzels.