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Happy 4th of July!!!

Time do bring out all the red/white/blue, stars and stripes you can find in the house. No need to be modest. Go big for this holiday!

This is of course an American celebration, but I know that Americans abroad celebrate it just as much as a Swede living here in the States ( I wonder who I am thinking of…) would celebrate Swedish events and holidays.

We are making it simple for this holiday. Too much to do, too little time. Don’t I say that all the time?? Perhaps I am a very stressed individual since I always want to cook simple food. Who knows.

My priority this weekend is to relax, spend time with family and friends. Just enjoy myself. We will go to the beach, go to my mother-in-law’s for Curry Goat, BBQ in the garden, so many different things are going on for these 4 days… If I am really lucky, there will also be some time left over for me to have a date with a good book. I haven’t read a book in a very long time. What a shame.

So, we are doing easy stuff for the 4th. Basic BBQ food like , marinated chicken & pork tenderloin, burgers & hotdogs. Corn & salsa.

I will make my Mini Pies filled with strawberries, blueberries and apples. Basic desserts. A little bit of “comfort” food desserts. Well known and familiar but perhaps with a little twist at times.

It is very nice to make a whole bunch of small mini pies instead of making just one big one. This way you can pick and choose what you want.

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Mini Fruit & Berry Pies.

The rule is to use any fruit or berries of your choice. Besides that, there are no rules.

There are no real recipes for this. Since I like to be able to taste the actual produce, I keep it as fresh as possible.

So just make a pie crust or even buy ready made pie crust. For these ones, I use a basic pie crust.

I choose little nice looking ramekins. Since it is 4th of July, I used my star shaped ones.

Add the rolled out pie crust to the ramekins. Well pressed down into the bottom edges.

Add the fruit or berries. Keep them separate or mix them together.

Different combinations;

Blueberries– Use a splash of your favorite liquor.

Strawberries– Add finely chopped candied ginger.

Apples– Add your favorite liquor and some ground cinnamon. (And perhaps a little granulated sugar if you need for it to be a little sweeter).

Peaches– Toasted nuts and a pinch of brown sugar.

These are just some suggestions, you can really combine anything you like.

If you use hard fruits like apples, cut them finer and fry them in a skillet for about 15 minutes or so until soft. Add a little water so that they get some help from the water to soften up. Keep a lid on so that they really cook down faster.

Directions;

When you have added the pie crust to the ramekins pack down the filling well. Cut little stripes of the crust and add about 3 stripes per pie.

Brush some egg wash onto the crust and sprinkle some granulate sugar on top of it.

Bake in a 350 F degree (175 C) for about 15-20 minutes or until the crust has turned golden brown.

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Cut out stars with a mini cookie cutter. Brush lightly with egg wash and sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on the stars. They taste like little cookies.

Cut out stars with a mini cookie cutter. Brush lightly with egg wash and sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on the stars. They taste like little cookies.

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You can serve some fresh berries on the side and also whip up some heavy cream spiked with some of your favorite liquor.

Add about 2-3 tbsp. per cup of heavy cream. Fold in some candied ginger.

Enjoy!!!

And again, have a great and happy 4th of July!!!

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Crumbles are perfect little desserts.

They are easy to make and look fancy. They can liven up an ordinary day or save you if there are guests at the door. It’s really all about having cute little ramekins to make them in. I often use my creme brulee ramekins for individual crumbles or little fruit tarts.

You can prepare yourself by buying fruits or berries when they are in season. Clean & cut into perfect slices and then just portion pack and freeze them.

We eat very healthy all through the week. So, the times I make a dessert, I really don’t feel bad about it.

It is all about making the best choices and using the best ingredients.

You can make these little crumbles and still feel good about it. Just use whole wheat flour & light brown sugar. Be sure to taste the fruit so that you only use as much sugar as you really need.

If you are going to eat something outside your regular diet, make sure it is delicious!

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Peach & Plumb Crumble.

Serves about 4.

Filling;

6-8 fresh Peaches. Pealed and sliced. (Slices not too thick.)

4-6 Plumbs, Sliced. (Slices not too thick.)

1/2 – 1 tbsp. light brown sugar.

1 tbsp. of whole wheat flour. (Or regular flour.)

A splash of port wine or a delicious liqueur of your choice. (Optional.)

1/2 tbsp. of ground cinnamon. (optional.)

Crumble topping;

1/4 c. of light brown sugar or 2 tbsp. brown sugar + 2 tbsp. crumbled almond paste.  Note – If the fruit is very sweet it might not need much sugar at all.

1/4 c. whole wheat flour. (Regular flour get’s the same result.)

1/4 tsp. good salt.

3-4 tbsp. of unsalted butter or margarine. Note – If you need to, add a little more butter to “hold” the crumble together.

1 1/2 – 2 c. rolled oats/old fashion oats.

1/4 – 1/2 c. roughly chopped nuts. For example almonds, pecans or hazelnuts. (Optional.)

Directions;

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all the fill ingredients together. Let them sit and “marry” for a while. You can do this a little ahead of time.

Mix the crumble part together in a separate bowl. Use a fork or your fingers to make sure the butter is well incorporated.

Add the filling to the baking dishes. Make sure the filling reaches well into the edges. Add the crumble on top. Keep the crumble in little “clusters” to get a nice “crunch”.

Bake for about 20-30 minutes. It all depends on how big the dishes are and the oven heat. Just make sure to take them out when they become golden brown and the filling is starting to bubble.

You can serve this with ice cream, whipped cream or vanilla sauce.

Enjoy!!

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