Friday, July 11, 2014

Blackberry Dumplings

When I was a little girl I remember my mom going to pick blackberries.  She loved stopping on the side of the road just to pick them.  I never really got into it as much as she did.  However, this summer has been bringing back those memories.  I see blackberries and bushes everywhere I go it seems like.

Recently, I remembered my mom making blackberry dumplings with berries we had hand picked one evening. This memory made me crave them.  I couldn't find any bushes around my yard so I had to settle with ones already picked from the grocery store.  No worries!  They turned out DELICIOUS!!

I wasn't for sure how she made them before and she couldn't remember either so I made two different recipes!  Same ingredients... but one was in a skillet and turned out more soft and gooey and flavorful.  The other recipe I baked came out crispy and just as delicious.  I ended up eating two of each in a thirty minute period! That's how scrumptious they were!  For now, I am sharing both on this post and you can choose your favorite.

Blackberry Dumplings

By: Crystal Barrett

8 dumplings                                                        (Click Here to Print)              


12 oz fresh blackberries
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c water
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 can crescent rolls
2 eggs
1 tbsp milk


In a small bowl mixed 6 oz blackberries, sugar, water, and 1 tbsp cinnamon.  Mash the blackberries in well.

Heat the blackberry mixture in a small or medium sized skillet over medium heat.

While waiting for the blackberry mixture to sizzle.... In another small bowl beat eggs and stir in 1 tbsp cinnamon and the milk.

Roll out the crescent dough into their triangle shape.  Brush egg mixture onto the dough. Place three blackberries in the center and roll the dough into a ball covering the berries. Brush more of the egg mixture on the outside of the ball.

Once the blackberry mixture in the skillet has begun to bubble add the dough balls.  Cover and let sizzle for 10 minutes.  

Flip the dumplings over and let sizzle another 5-10 minutes.

Remove from heat and serve with vanilla bean ice cream or cool whip.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

I always buy too many bananas.  I eventually forget that I even have them and they just sit on the counter screaming "Please use me!"

Days later my girl's finally see them and start screaming for bananas.  I pull them out of the bag the grocer packaged them up in and TADA!...they have black polka dots, are extremely squishy, and I have to somehow think of a way to destract the kids with some other type of snack.

This bribing doesn't work for them.  They don't forget anything and they aren't going to just let me get away with this. I tell the husband to occupy them for a little bit and I make something they will agree with.

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread!!!
Ding! Ding! Ding!
We have a winner ladies and gentlemen!!

The bread wasn't even out of the oven yet before everyone started shouting and jumping up and down in anticipation.  I had to fight my husband off quite a few times just so I could take a picture!  My own piece of bread?....HAHAHA yea right! Mom's don't get anything "food related" to their own.  Especially when it is filled with bananas and warm melted chocolate chips!

They keep calling it cake.  Which I can't totally disagree with.  It was pretty delicious and super moist!  They have had 3 pieces this morning and are currently jumping up on the table telling me.... "Mommy! More cake!!"

I don't know what excuse I am going to use when it's all gone! HELP! 

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

By: Crystal Barrett

Makes 1 bread loaf                                     (Click Here to Print)                               


3 old very ripe bananas
1 tsp lemon juice

2 c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

8 tbsp softened butter
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
1 c chocolate chips

1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c sour cream


Preheat oven to 325 F
Grease and flour bread pan.

In a medium bowl mash he bananas until they are creamy.  Stir in lemon juice and set to the side.

In a seperate medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

In a large bowl cream the butter with the eggs, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.
Fold in bananas.
Add vanilla and sour cream.
Mix well.
Fold in chocolate chips.

Add dry ingredients and fold very gently.

Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in the center an it comes out clean.

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