Monday, August 24, 2015

Recipes {Peach Blackberry Crumble}

Peach Blackberry Crumble Bars


Hey all!  It's Mere's sister, writing from the other coast. The end of summer is almost here, so I'm savoring every last moment of it. This means picnics in the park, drinks on the roof, and, of course, fruit picking. (Note to self: Outdoor summer activities do not have to include food and drink.)

Last week I picked juicy peaches and ever-so-slightly tart blackberries from a farm just outside the city. After pondering this fruit combo for a day or two I knew I needed to do a recipe mash-up. You know the kind-- it's like when an artist takes two songs, mixes them together, and the result is kind of amazing. The two songs get stuck in your head. You walk down the hall at your office, bopping your head to the two songs, and people wonder if you have finally lost it. Oh, wait, that is just me?  Well, in the spirit of savoring life, I recommend you start bopping to every great song you hear regardless of your location.

This recipe mash-up is inspired by Shutterbean's Cherry Pie Crumble Bars and Smitten Kitchen's Almond-Crisped Peaches. I love the portability of the bars and the sweet, spiced quality of the crumble. You can swap out any fruit, especially any fruit you picked at a farm.

Without further ado, let's do this.

Softened butter mixes with flour, sugar, and a pinch of salt..

Press into a parchment lined pan. Make sure to press all the dough to an even thickness. The first time I made this crust my corners were a bit too thick.

Next mix together the fruit, a touch of brown sugar, some lemon juice, flour, and cornstarch. You could probably use flour or cornstarch, but I felt using the two together helped keep the filling firms do the bars more portable. This is particularly important when said bars are brought to picnics.

Dump that over the crust and prepare your crumble. It's a lot like the crust, but with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Now bake these babies. The baking time will feel like an eternity as the smell of cinnamon , fruit, and sweet brown sugar crumble wafts through your home.

Let the bars cool for a couple hours, cut, and enjoy. Alternatively, one could forgo the wait, grab a fork, and eat straight out of the pan.


Peach Blackberry Crumble Bars
Inspired by Shutterbean’s Cherry Pie Crumble Bars and Smitten Kitchen’s Almond Crisp Peaches.

Ingredients

Crust
1 stick softened butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup flour
Pinch of salt

Filling
2-3 soft peaches, cut into slices
3/4 cup blackberries
A squeeze of lemon juice
Brown sugar (1-4 tablespoons depending on your fruit)
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Pinch of salt

Crumble
4 tablespoons softened butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
A large sprinkle of cinnamon
A small sprinkle of nutmeg
Pinch of salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line an eight or nine inch square pan with parchment. Lightly butter the parchment.
  3. Mix together the crust ingredients. The mixture will be slightly crumbly.
  4. Gently press the crust into the pan. Push the crust to make sides extending about an inch and a half. Make the crust roughly even in thickness.
  5. Mix together the filling ingredients. Pour over crust.
  6. Using the crust bowl, mix together the crumble ingredients. (No one like to dirty more dishes than necessary.)
  7. Gently crumble the mixture over the fruit.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until the crust is lightly brown and the fruit is bubbling.
  9. Let cool for 2-3 hours. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

#ThursdayToursPDX {Wineries}

It is highly probable that today's #ThursdayToursPDX might be my favorite installment to date! Why? Because it is all about wineries. Wineries that are all within driving distance of Portland, OR. Perfect for a Sunday Funday, Bachelorette party or to entertain guests that are in town. With so many options it can be a bit overwhelming deciding where to go.



The lovely Kelsey of Kelsey Malie is sharing her favorite wineries and stunning photos. Her tips are spot on the her words will transport you to the rolling hills. If only this post came with a glass of pinot!! In addition to being beautiful and smart Kelsey is also a sweetheart. Whether it is a gchat check-in or an hour long text conversation about topical social issues she always provides an empathetic vantage. 

And over at Bakery Bingo Erin of Platings & Pairings is sharing her A+ recommendations! 





Winderlea Winery - Want an amazing Oregon wine country view? I discovered this winery on a beautiful summer day when friends from out of town were visiting and wanted to see Oregon's gorgeous wine country. The tasting fee at Winderlea is a bit steep ($20), but the view was worth every penny. Winderlea has high end wines and a high end porch that looks out across beautiful, rolling hills. I'm not sure I've ever felt more at peace than sitting on that deck in the summer sun.


Sokol Blosser Winery - Sokol Blosser makes my favorite, go-to Oregon summer white wine - Evolution. I've visited the winery a few times and love the modern building, the tucked away views, and, most of all, their accessible range of wines. They have pinots, sparkling wines, rose, and white blends that are available in your local Oregon grocery store for a price point that doesn't break the bank!
Domaine Drouhin - Domaine Drouhin has some gorgeous views, a deck that is perfect for lazy "waiting out your wine buzz so you can drive home," and a great price for a pinot flight tasting. Three pinots for $10 is right about my price range for wine tasting, and I love that their wines are great quality and accessible for all wine drinkers. I also love that the deck is covered in picnickers in the summer, so don't hesitate to bring some cheese-y snacks!

Domaine Serene - Domaine Serene has expensive, beautiful bottles of wine that'll run you a pretty penny. Their tasting fee is similarly steep ($20 for three tastes), but the wine is well worth tasting (most bottles are over $80) and the property is extremely lovely. There are many summer picnickers on their rolling lawns in the summertime!


All images courtesy of Kelsey Carpenter

Thursday, August 13, 2015

#ThursdayToursPDX {Feast Founders}

In just over one month Food Blogger Christmas will commence in Portland, Oregon September 17th-20th!! #FeastPDX is one of the leading food festivals in the country and brings together some of the best chefs, artisans and wineries in the country! Passionate about amazing food, the culinary experience and the City of Roses Feast was founded by Carrie Welch and Mike Thelin in 2012.


Carrie Welch is the epitome of a Girl Boss!! Before founding Feast and opening food PR firm Little Green Pickle she was the Vice President of the Food Network in New York City. Right, that Food Network. She was even named one of the coolest people in food! And the truth of the matter is that she is the coolest - super nice, always fun and really, really smart.

Erin and I both feel so honored to have Carrie and Mike sharing their favorite Feast events for #ThursdayToursPDX!! Be sure to stop by Bakery Bingo for Mike's picks!