We usually think of blueberries during the warmer months of the year. Fortunately, they can be found in the frozen section of the grocery all throughout the year. Here at the holidays, we tend to indulge in desserts that are rich and heavy. While we only indulge to the max at Christmas, it’s still a good idea to include some fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to offset the rich food we’re enjoying this time of year.
Blueberries are very healthy, packed full of Vitamin C and antioxidents. Blueberry pies are a real treat in the summer, yet, let’s make something that’s special at this time of year. This recipe is called “Blueberry Flummery.” Now, I’m sure many of you haven’t heard of “flummery.” According to www.dictionary.com, this is a British word that refers to a cooked pudding or custard. It also means, in a negative sense, someone with little or no common sense! But, since it’s getting too close to Christmas, let’s look at “flummery” in a sweet, thoughtful dessert!
This recipe is, as the meaning says, a cooked mixture of the blueberries, along with orange juice, sugar and tapioca. This is light, refreshing and very healthful. You’ll see that the recipe calls for Minute Tapioca. This is an item found in the baking section of many stores and is used as as thickener for pies, puddings and custards. It’s sometimes used in main dishes as a thickening agent.
A hint to remember if you choose to serve this dessert in an antique bowl or dish: place a metal or silver spoon in the bowl before pouring in the hot fruit mixture. The silver will absorb the heat and the bowl won’t crack. This dessert would look exquisite in an antique cut glass bowl, so remember this trick and it should protect your bowl just fine.
I shared some other blueberry recipes a while back that included a “Blueberry Marshmallow Sauce” and “Blueberry Crunch.” In case you missed those recipes, here’s the link so you can get them:
If you would like to put a British twist on your holidays, give this light and refreshing dessert a try!
- 1 quart fresh blueberries or 32 oz. frozen
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup Minute Tapioca
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Wash the blueberries, drain, and transfer to a medium saucepan. Add the remaining ingredients and let the mixture stand for five minutes. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl (remember the spoon trick above, if using an antique or crystal bowl). Place plastic wrap directly over the dessert. Chill for at least 6 hours or overnight. Serve in dessert dishes with whipped cream and garnished with mint leaves and/or blueberries.