via Best Recipe Box: Making fresh ice cream doesn’t get easier than this. Smashed strawberries add so much fresh flavor and texture to this easy no churn, 3 ingredient ice cream strawberry ice cream recipe. All you need are a few ingredients, patience and an appetite for something cool and refreshing on a hot day.
Based off the popularity of our 3 ingredient creamy chocolate ice cream recipe, this strawberry counterpart has smashed fresh strawberries and a lot of love. Optional ingredients are a few drops of red food coloring if you want that extra pop of color. Without the food coloring, the ice cream is still super delicious and will be a favorite for years to come!
Classic pumpkin pie gets an update with a spiced pastry crust, a sprinkle of orange zest, and a dash of rum. Sometimes the slightest changes have great effect!
HOW TO AVOID BURNT PIE CRUST
I don’t know if you’re in this habit but tenting your crusts with tin foil for most of the bake drastically cuts down on singed edges. Just fold a long piece of foil in half lengthwise and gently wrap around the crust before baking. You can remove halfway through or so and allow the crust to get golden brown just as the center sets.
I Love pumpkin pie with a MASSIVE dollop of whipped cream, but for an all out stunner that’s really easy to make try topping your pie with a giant pile of meringue! If you want to know the secret to cutting this the key is buttering your knife. The fat cuts right through the meringue.
A FEW TIPS
- You can easily make the pie dough in a food processor with a few pulses but making it the old fashioned way is pretty fun, just a little more messy.
- Try warming the pie filling in a pot over medium low heat before adding to the pie shell. Make sure to stir constantly. Doing this will help the pie bake faster and more evenly.
- Feel free to adjust the spice profile and alcohol type/level to your liking.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Add in spices. Whisk together. Grate in chilled butter and drizzle in ice cold water. Mix using a fork. Knead 3-4 times and shape into a disk.
- Wrap in plastic and chill for about 30 minutes. Divide dough in half and roll out. One half is for the pie’s base and the other is for the decorative leaves. I used a stamping pastry cutter for my leaves but any method is fine.
- Place your circle of dough onto the pie plate, trim the edge, and brush it with a bit of egg wash and place the leaves. I like to save a few leaves to place in the center. They bake quite quickly so keep an eye on them.
- Cover dough with parchment paper and place pie wights on top.
- Since the pie will be baking a while and I don’t want there do be singed edges I tent the pie with aluminum foil before baking at 425F for about 10 minutes.
- Poke the bottom and sides with a fork, add the foil back on and return to oven for about 5 minutes.
- Combine all the filling ingredients in a large bowl.
- Whisk together and I recommend transferring the filling into a pot and warming over low heat, stirring constantly. Adding warm pie fillings into an oven will let your pie bake quicker and more evenly.
- Add the warmed pie filling to your blind-baked shell reduce to 350F and bake until set.
via keeeper: summer, sun, sunshine – the summer is ideal for a picnic. and the saying is: enjoyment to take away! whether in the park or meeting friends – you can’t go wrong with a couple of juicy blueberry muffins up your sleeve.
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via Mom Junction: Nutrition, taste, and easy availability. We look for these three qualities in the foods that we give our children, especially when the baby is just beginning on the solids. Blueberries have them all. They are a great source of vitamins and fiber and are tasty too! Also, they are the most popular berries, next only to strawberries. But are blueberries good for babies? MomJunction tells you about the nutritional values and benefits of eating blueberries, and also share some recipes that are suitable for your infant.
Blueberries – The Superfood:
The blueberries are a significant source of micronutrients such as magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, E, K, and B-complex.
The plant is grown in the soil with an acidic pH, which also reflects in the fruit that contains high amounts of ascorbic acid or vitamin C.
The fruit is also rich in nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, and potassium, making it a complete package thus referred as a ‘Superfood’.
Are Blueberries Good For Babies?
Yes, they are good for babies.
There is a common thumb rule adopted by most moms, which is ‘no berries till 12 months’. That is true for strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry that belong to the rose family. These contain allergens that can cause eczema and upset digestion in babies.
But blueberry belongs to a different cohort in the plant kingdom that is unrelated to strawberries and thus is safe to feed. In fact, natural blueberry flavoring is found in several baby foods, which is indicative of the fact they are suitable for infants.
In case your baby is prone to allergies in general then be watchful for any symptoms of blueberry allergy, and consult your pediatrician before introducing the fruit to the diet.
When Can Babies Eat Blueberries?
Babies can eat blueberries from the eighth month. However, if your baby develops a taste for solid food by the sixth month, you may consider introducing blueberries earlier. In that case, you have to be extra careful in checking for any symptoms of potential allergy. For younger babies, feed blueberries as puree and for older ones of nine months and above you can try some finger-foods.
Nutritional Value And Health Benefits Of Blueberry For Babies:
Key Nutrients In Blueberry (1):
- Nutrient Nutrient value per 100gm of Blueberry
- Carbohydrate 14.49 gm
- Fiber 2.4 gm
- Protein 0.74 gm
- Natural Sugars 9.96 gm
- Potassium 77 mg
- Phosphorus 12 mg
- Calcium 6 mg
- Magnesium 6 mg
- Vitamin E 0.57 mg
- Vitamin C 9.7 mg
- Vitamin B3 0.418 mg
- Vitamin K 19.3 µg
A mere 50gm of blueberry can have 3mg of calcium and 3mg of magnesium, which is great for the development of your baby’s bones. Here are some more health benefits of blueberry:
1. Keeps blood pressure under control:
A bowl of 100gm of blueberries contains as much as 77mg of potassium, a micronutrient essential for maintaining ideal blood pressure even in babies.
2. Regulates blood circulation:
Experiments have shown that blueberry can help prevent the buildup of plaque in the arteries by reduction of cholesterol (2). Babies have a developing circulatory system and thus the inclusion of blueberry in their diet can aid in healthy blood vessel development.
3. Supports bone growth:
Vitamin K in the fruit helps in the synthesis of osteocalcin, a bone protein, which helps in keeping bones strong and healthy. The presence of vitamin K along with calcium and magnesium makes blueberry a great fruit for bones.
4. Good for a healthy heart:
Blueberries are rich in polyphenols and fiber that are clinically proven to boost cardiovascular health (3). It thus provides healthy heart or cardioprotective nutrients for your baby.
5. Cognitive development:
Thanks to the mix of the various beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, blueberries help in keeping the nervous system healthy. They slow the weakening of mental capacity and help in general cognitive well-being (4).
6. Antioxidants control free radicals:
According to the USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA), blueberries have the richest antioxidant concentration in the world of fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants help control free radicals that can cause aging-related issues.
7. Helps fight cancer:
Antioxidants also prevent the buildup of malignant cells, which in turn may lead to cancer.
8. Relief from eye fatigue:
A study in Japan has found that the fruit eases eye fatigue. Also, the anthocyanin in the blue pigment of the fruit improves eyesight.
After the knowing the nutritional values and health benefits of blueberries, you wouldn’t want to waste any time in feeding them to your baby.
However, do not introduce more than one new food at a time as it will be difficult to deal with allergies, if any.
Blueberry Allergy In Babies:
Unlike other berries, blueberries are not allergens but may elicit an allergic reaction in the baby if introduced earlier than the sixth month.
Blueberry allergy can result in swollen eyelids and lips. The baby may also have itchy, swollen rashes and in some cases an upset stomach.
You may consider holding back the fruit if your baby:
- Just suffered a bout of eczema
- Has a history of chronic allergic reactions to new food
- Has a sensitive digestive system
- Has been clinically diagnosed with food allergy
You should not see any adverse reaction if you introduce blueberry with finger foods after the tenth month.
Also, parents often fear that blueberries would lead to constipation.
How To Choose And Store Blueberries For Babies?
Select: Blueberries are susceptible to pesticide contamination that can be harmful to your baby’s health. So, purchase the fruit from a trustworthy source, preferably the one that stocks organic produce. Choose the berries that have a deeper blue colour and are firm but not hard to touch. Do not buy the fruits that are dull and watery. Also, they should be able to roll freely; if they do not, then they are not fresh.
Store: Store the fruits in a freezer after sealing them in an airtight container. That way you will be able to store them for over two weeks without losing the freshness or flavor of the fruit. If you plan to consume them within a few days, then you can simply put the berries in a bowl, and cover it with a cling film. The indigo-coloured pigment in the fruit’s skin acts as a natural preservative.
Wash the berries thoroughly before processing them.
Blueberry Baby Food Recipes:
With your apprehensions gone, you are all set to introduce Blueberry to the diet of your little one. But how do you do it? Would you mash, coarse or just stew it to a puree? Here are some amazing blueberry baby food recipes, which are delicious and healthy too.
1. Blueberry puree:
You will need:
1 cup of fresh or frozen Blueberries
½ cup water
- Bring the water to a boil in a cooking pot. Add the blueberries intact and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Once the blueberry reaches a softer consistency, use a meshed or slotted ladle to strain the water and remove the fruits.
- Transfer the berries to a mixer/blender. Add the boiled water as required for a thinner consistency.
- Blend the entire mixture into a homogenous consistency ensuring there are no fat lumps or pieces of fruit skin that may gag your baby.
- Let the mixture cool down and feed it to your baby one spoon at a time.
2. Apple blueberry sauce:
Your baby may not like the tartness in the taste of a blueberry. You may choose to add apples to them.
You will need:
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 2 medium-sized apples
- Peel, cut and dice the apples.
- In a cooking pot, add the diced apples and blueberries with one cup of water.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes until it turns soft.
Mash the mixture till there are no hard lumps. You can also puree it for a thinner consistency.
3. Banana blueberry puree:
Babies naturally love the sweet taste and a banana is a great fruit to tend to their sweet buds. You can combine the goodness of blueberry with the sweet taste of banana to make blueberry banana puree.
You will need:
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 medium-sized apples
- Peel the banana and cut it into small slices before mashing into a coarse paste.
- Boil a cup of water in a cooking pot. Add the blueberries along with the mashed banana and simmer the mixture for 15 minutes.
- Transfer the contents to a mixer/blender. If needed, use freshly boiled water to dilute the consistency.
- Let the mixture cool before you feed it to your little one.
4. Blueberry Peach Rice Mush
You will need:
- 1 small fully ripe peach
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup Brown rice
- Grind the brown rice into a fine powder. You can use over-the-shelf brown rice flour as well. Just make sure it has no added sugar, salt or preservatives.
- In a separate mixer, mix the peach and blueberries together and make a puree.
- Thoroughly mix the brown rice powder and fruit puree together. You can use boiled and cooled water for dilution or use blueberry puree, made separately, for the purpose.
In case your baby is 12 months or older it is safe to leave tiny lumps of rice and puree in the mix. Otherwise you can continue diluting with water until you get the desired consistency.
5. Blueberry Tofu Mash:
Tofu is made from coagulated soya milk, and is an excellent source of protein for weaning babies. It is suited for babies that are 11 months and older. Tofu is a non-allergen per se but you can check for any allergies while introducing small quantities in your baby’s diet.
You will need:
- 1/2 cup Blueberry Puree
- 1/2 packet of Firm Tofu
- Mix all the ingredients. Add water to soften the mixture if required.
Transfer the ingredients to a mixer/blender and process it till it turns into a puree form. You can leave some solid lumps if your baby is used to eating solid finger foods.
6. Blueberry Puree Oatmeal Mix
It is a simple blueberry baby food that is quick to make and requires minimal processing. Just keep in mind that the oatmeal you purchase is plain and does not have any added flavors, salt, sugar or preservatives.
You will need:
- 1/2 cup blueberry puree
- 1/2 cup of plain unflavoured oatmeal
Grind the oatmeal to a coarse powder – enough to form tiny lumps.
Mix with the blueberry puree and feed. If you want to make it thin, use boiled and cooled water.
7. Blueberry Muffin:
Blueberry muffins can work great for your little one above 11 months of age.
You will need:
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1tsp cinnamon
- just under 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Grease the muffin cups with vegetable oil to prevent the muffin from sticking to the molds.
- Pour all ingredients, except the blueberries, in a mixing bowl and stir the mixture till it has a homogenous consistency.
- Add the blueberries. Stir the mixture gently to prevent the blueberries from breaking.
- Pour this batter into the muffin mold and bake for 25 minutes.
- You can crumble the muffins into smaller pieces and mix it with apple sauce or blueberry puree for your baby. If your baby is older than
- 14 months, then you can break the muffin into smaller pieces and give it to him as finger food.
8. Blueberry Buckle:
The process of making blueberry buckle baby food is quite similar to the blueberry muffin. The ingredients are identical as well. The only difference is that here you pour the batter into a baking pan than in molds.
You will need:
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 375oF (190oC). In the meantime grease the baking pan with some unsalted butter.
- Add butter, sugar and egg to a mixing bowl and stir well. Then pour the rest of the ingredients, except blueberry, and mix well.
- Add the blueberries and mix thoroughly. Pour the batter into the baking pan being careful that there are no air pockets left in between.
- Bake for 28-30 minutes.
You can serve this blueberry baby food by combining it with blueberry puree or apple sauce.
Frequently Asked Question:
Are blueberries constipating for babies?
No. Blueberries are rich in fiber with a 100gm serving containing 2.4gm of dietary fiber. Therefore, you need not have to worry about constipation in infants.
A common reason for the constipation fear is that the blueberry seeds are tiny and consumed along with the flesh of the fruit. But the seed itself has a delicate shell, which is easily digestible. However, when you are making a puree or juice, make sure that you either remove the seeds or grind them completely so that they do not pose a choking hazard to the baby. Your baby’s stool could turn bluish in color. This is natural and should be no reason for alarm.
You are now all set to introduce the wonderful little berry to your baby’s diet. But always keep in mind the preference and interest of your infant and do not force-feed any food. Instead, focus on a slow and subtle introduction of the fruit.
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