After sour cherries, it was time for blueberries to enchant our summer. Juicy, stunning, slightly aromatic, delicate to the point of instant destruction upon human touch, blueberries are some of summer’s most scrumptious treats- and yet, my referencing of them on this blog has been very inconsistent. I recently revisited my first blueberry recipe, and fondly reminisced the tenderness of the blueberry bush (now gone) we planted in our backyard, a decade ago. There have been the occasional blog posts, to be sure (here, here, and here), but nothing systematic, no detailed account of blueberries and/or blueberry recipes. Planning to rectify this now 🙂 My source of inspiration: the blueberry-picking trip we recently went on at Eenigenburg’s Blueberries in DeMotte, Indiana.
With a history that goes back 80 years, Eenigenburg’s Blueberries is one of the most popular destinations for blueberry fans across Chicagoland and NW Indiana looking to “create family memories and traditions for generations,” as per their motto.
Eenigenburg’s Blueberries is a family-run farm which grows 13 varieties of blueberries, that are generally available between July 5th and August 10th each year.
We actually visited them twice this summer because we just couldn’t stop dreaming of their scrumptious blueberries 🙂 The second time we stopped, the weather was sunnier than on our previous visit, and we collected blueberries from a different section of the farm – great opportunity to compare the different kinds of blueberries through using our senses, right there, in the field.
Abundant beauty and deliciousness:
The farm also sells a variety of blueberry/blueberry-flavored products, from jam to soap, and from salad dressing to coffee:
With bags and buckets full of berries…
…it was time for us to head home, and for me to start planning what to make with these scrumptious jewel-like fruits.
I started off with the blueberry and cherry tart below, which I created as part of my ongoing partnership with DUKA:
I could hardly contain my excitement while baking with these scrumptious summer fruits! So much goodness to share and to enjoy:
Last but not least, I used blueberries in the cookies below, based on a beloved family recipe, which I posted on the blog years ago. We usually make these during the winter holidays, using dried fruits like cranberries or raisins. I changed the recipe slightly, and I used blueberries instead of dried fruits. I served the cookies with homemade blueberry syrup, another family recipe. These cookies are packed with aromatic blueberry flavor, and the combo with ground walnuts makes them super soft. The way they melt in your mouth, mmmm…
🎶🎵”It’s a kind of magic,/A kind of magic…” 🎶🎵
Do you have a favorite blueberry recipe? Let me know in the comments 🙂