Raspberry Blueberry Crumble

If I had enough foresight, this picture would show a red, white, and blue dessert and be a perfect recipe to share on the Fourth of July.

But alas, my patriotic spirit was overcome by my desire to quickly take a picture and dig in to this scrumptious dessert.  Io I forgot to add the white ice cream to my red raspberries and blue blueberries,  But, when you do it at home, it will be a perfect dessert to celebrate the upcoming July holiday.  It’s so simple by so delicious: fresh berries, a little bit of flour and lemon to thicken and bring out the juices all topped with brown sugar, oatmeal, and butter.

RASPBERRY BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE
From My Mom

INGREDIENTS

2 cups raspberries
1 cup blueberries*
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
Pinch of salt
4 1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/4 inch size pieces
Ice cream, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large bowl, stir together raspberries, blueberries, flour, and lemon juice. Set aside.

In a food processor, combine light brown sugar, oats, salt, and butter. Process until crumbly and combined. In a large pie dish, spread the berries in an even layer on the bottom. Sprinkle crumble topping on top. Bake for 30 minutes, until fruit is bubbling and crumble topping is golden brown.

*Use any combination of berries that your heart desires.
Let cool slightly. Serve warm with ice cream.

Apple Dessert Nachos

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We all need to take a moment to process something.

I found my first gray hair last week.

Graduate school has been having some interesting effects on me.  First, I have been getting stress pimples, and my face looks like a moody adolesent.  And now it’s giving me gray hair like the elderly.  How is this fair?  In my 20’s I’m supposed to be in my glory beauty days!

There is no other answer to how to cope with this problem than to stuff my face with sweets.

I have a huge sweet tooth, and it’s soothing for me to make extravagant, detailed step by step homemade desserts from scratch.  But when I am busy or am having a gray hair crisis, I just ain’t got time for that.  At these times when I need a dessert ASAP, these dessert nachos are a perfect solution.  I can make ’em, eat ’em, and get back to watching to see what shennanigans the housewives are up to this week.

Ice cream + apples + heath bar pieces + caramel sauce = sweet tooth fix.

This is a mix and match dessert: take what you like and plop it on top of apples and ice cream. I suggest this general formula of fruit, ice cream, crunchy or chocolatey topping, and warm sauce. I also added whipped cream and a marachino cherry after I snapped my pictures, which was a great decision. Although these are nacho-like, I chose to eat this with a fork since it goes a little messy with my hands.

Plus, this is a healthy dessert because it has an apple, right? Right.

I now have to go buy gray coverup and pimple cream- life is unfair.

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APPLE DESSERT NACHOS
From Cinnamon Freud

INGREDIENTS

Apple, sliced
Vanilla ice cream
Heath bar pieces
Caramel sauce, warmed
Whipped cream

DIRECTIONS

Layer apple on a plate or in a bowl. Top with softened vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle heath pieces on top. Drizzle caramel sauce on top. Dollop whipped cream on top. Yes, it is that easy.

Nutella Bananas Foster Nachos

Bananas foster is a rich, classic, and delicious dessert.  And it has the wow factor of all that fire when flambé it.  Knowing my tendency to burn myself even when not cooking with flames, I have never made anything a la flambé and was not about to on a random night when I was craving something sweet.  Instead, I decided to try to take Bananas Foster and put a new delicious (and safer) twist on them.  So how do you go about making bananas foster even better?  Is it even possible, you may ask?  One simple word: Nutella.

Nutella and bananas is a soul mate-level pairing- the two are just meant to be together.  And you and these nutella bananas foster nachos are meant to be together too.  Make yourself a nice big batch and settle in front of the TV for some trashy and wonderful reality television (I will take any kind of Housewives on Bravo) for maximum enjoyment.

 
NUTELLA BANANAS FOSTER NACHOS
INGREDIENTS

For the Cinnamon Pita Chips:
1-2 ounces pita chips
Olive oil, for brushing
1-2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Nachos:
1-2 bananas, sliced
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon rum, optional
2-3 tablespoons toasted hazelnuts, chopped
2-3 tablespoons Nutella
Vanilla Ice Cream, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Line a baking sheet with pita chips in a single layer.  Lightly brush with olive oil.  Evenly season with sugar and cinnamon.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Keep warm.

Heat a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add butter and brown sugar and cook until melted, about 1-2 minutes.  Add bananas and toss to coat.  Stir in rum if desired.  Cook for 3-4 minutes until bananas are warmed through but still firm.  Stir in toasted hazelnuts.

Warm nutella in microwave until you can drizzle over chips, about 30 seconds.  Drizzle nutella over pita chips.  Pour banana mixture on top.  Top with vanilla ice cream.  Devour.

Serves 1-2.