July 29, 2016
Making Blueberry Crisp on Facebook LIVE
Plump, juicy and sweet, with vibrant colors from red to the deepest purple-black, blueberries are one of nature’s finest treasures. And this year, the blueberry bushes at my farm are covered with delicious fruits.
Because I have so many blueberries, earlier this week, I used some to make a mouth watering blueberry crisp LIVE on Facebook. I was joined by our director of food development, Thomas Joseph. We made a wonderful crisp and talked all about blueberries - how to plant them, how to preserve them, and how they’re incorporated into crisps, cobblers, and buckles. I also answered many of your great questions.
If you missed my Facebook LIVE show, just click here for our "Facebook blueberry crisp" - you can watch it any time! Enjoy these photos, and let us know how you’re enjoying your blueberries this summer.
1 I just picked these blueberries yesterday - they're so big, juicy and sweet. All my blueberry bushes are just laden with fruits.
2 I first planted them about 10-years ago. And every year, they just burst with blueberries from late June to August. Here I am with our director of food development, Thomas Joseph.
3 If you haven't seen it, this is my blueberry pergola - I have about 100-bushes. The pergola uprights are made of 18th century Chinese granite. I've used them all over the farm including the clematis pergola, my apple espaliers, and to support my raspberry bushes.
4 The netting covers the blueberry bushes on all sides plus the top to protect them from birds and squirrels.
5 Look at the amount of berries that are growing - so very productive!
6 Blueberries are among the most popular berries for eating. Here in the United States, they are second only to strawberries.
7 Blueberries, cranberries and concord grapes are the only three fruits native to North America.
8 Back in our Martha Stewart Living kitchen from The Home Depot, Thomas and I talk about the differences between a crisp, a cobbler and a crumble. And a grunt, a slump, and a buckle - we define all these terms on this Facebook LIVE. http://goo.gl/5a4FO3
9 And, lastly, what is a pan dowdy? And, what is a brown Betty? Do you know?
10 During Facebook LIVE appearances, I answer questions from our Facebook feed. One viewer asked how I preserve my blueberries. I actually freeze them - first on large cookie sheets so they don't get crushed, and then in plastic containers that can be stacked to save space in the freezer.
11 Here I am making the topping for our crisp. This crisp is so easy to make - no mixer is needed.
12 We're using a nine-inch square baking dish from my collection at Macy's. I give the entire recipe on Facebook LIVE, so you will have to watch it to get all the instructions. It is so easy - you will want to make it all the time. http://goo.gl/gka56v https://www.facebook.com/marthastewart
13 Another viewer asked what other fruits were good to use for crisps. I love peaches made into cobblers and crisps. Raspberries, blackberries, and gooseberries also work well for these dishes.
14 One of the fascinating elements of doing these Facebook LIVE chats is that every show can be shot using an iPhone! Here is our video web producer, Sam Schutz.
15 Here is our blueberry crisp, straight from the oven. Let it cool before serving, so your guests don't burn their tongues on the hot, hot berries. It looks so delicious.
16 The oat topping is so perfectly browned.
17 Using a large serving spoon, just scoop a portion of the crisp into a bowl. This crisp will serve about eight to 10-people.
18 And serve it with ice cream - place your ice cream in a loaf dish, so it's easy to make perfect scoops.
19 Here, the ice cream can be scooped out lengthwise so easily - much easier than trying to do from a store-bought tub.
20 A quenelle is an elegant, football-shaped scoop of ice cream, sorbet, whipped cream, crème fraiche, or mousse. Look how beautiful it is.
21 And, my best tip no matter what you're making with the blueberries - add twice the amount of berries in the recipe.
22 What a delicious dessert for any summer gathering.
23 All your guests will love it - they'll even ask for seconds!
24 Send in photos of what you make with your blueberries - I'd love to see them!