Blueberry Mania


blueberriesIf I have a favorite season in Maine, this may be it.  For a very few weeks blueberries are in, and there’s nothing like wild Maine blueberries that burst in your mouth with sweetness.  Believe me when I tell you they are a world apart from the ones you buy in the grocery.

blueberriesAnd, when you’ve picked them yourself, they’re even more appreciated!

blueberriesLike with lobster, I try using them in as many ways as possible.  Around here, blueberry crisp topped with a scoop of homemade cinnamon ice cream is a real favorite,

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but not far behind are blueberry muffins oozing with goodness.

blueberriesThe kids would tell you GrandP’s pancakes dripping with real Maine maple syrup are the bomb!

blueberriesAs of yesterday, however, there is something new to rave about, blueberry mousse, an easy to make dessert that is a scrumptious blend of lemon curd, cream and blueberries.  Though I’d like to keep it a secret, I’m feeling generous today and will share the recipe.

Blueberry Mousse

For the lemon curd, combine 1 c. sugar, 1-1 1/2 T. lemon zest, 3 eggs and a pinch of salt in a sauce pan.  With heat on medium, add 1 stick of butter and 1/2 c. lemon juice.  When the mixture comes to a boil, lower the heat and stir constantly until it coats the back of a spoon.  This takes about 5-10 minutes.  Remove from the heat, cool to room temperature and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.  Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Whip 1 c. cream until soft peaks form.  Fold 1/2 c. of lemon curd into the whipped cream, then gently fold in remaining lemon curd and 1 1/2 c. fresh blueberries.  Spoon into individual serving dishes and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.  At serving time, top it with mint leaves.

That’s all there is to it.  Should you want to make the recipe even simpler, use bought lemon curd.  Stonewall Kitchen has a very good one.  I think the mousse would also be wonderful with raspberries or strawberries or maybe a combination of berries.  Now, that’s got me thinking about what’s next!

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14 thoughts on “Blueberry Mania

  1. I have a wonderful old blueberry bush that produced so many berries this year. I just might have to make this lovely dessert. Thanks for sharing…

  2. I have to say that the wild blueberries from Maine are the very best, there is nothing to compare them to! What a beautiful photo with the water in the background.

  3. Lucky you to be away from Texas, and enjoying your time in Maine! It must be such a treat to enjoy fresh blueberries, and all the pics you’ve shared are mouth watering!! Thank you for sharing your newest mousse recipe with us. It looks scrumptious, but that blueberry crisp in the cast iron skillet is calling to me.

    • I don’t miss Texas summer at all and love the change of scenery that Maine offers. I’ll share the blueberry crisp recipe as several have asked for it. Stay tuned.

  4. There is nothing quiet like fresh picked blueberries. All of your recipes look wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon.
    Miz Helen

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