Easiest Dessert Ever!

Easy Cookie/Berry Crumble

Easy Cookie/Berry Crumble


I have always been an admirer of Jaques Pepin. The man is a culinary technique master of masters. Today, I happened to catch an episode of his PBS television show “Fast Food, My Way” and watched him prepare the following recipe. It was SO simple, that I had to prepare it immediately! I didn’t catch a name for the dish, but it’s basically a berry crumble. I can’t imagine a dessert being any easier, and still being “homemade”.

Ready to bake...blackberries, crumbled shortbread, sugar, and butter.

Ready to bake…blackberries, crumbled shortbread, sugar, and butter.

Easy Cookie/Berry Crumble

2 small containers of fresh or individually frozen berries, plus/minus (I used frozen blackberries.)

1/3 cup sugar, more or less, depending on sweetness of berries

Your choice of cookies, crumbled. (I used my homemade shortbread) About 1/2 cup plus/minus

4 T. butter

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F and position a rack in the center. In a pyrex or similar baking dish, around 8″x8″ or 9″x9″, add enough berries to cover the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle cookie crumbles over to evenly cover the berries. Sprinkle sugar over, evenly, Break up the butter into pieces and dot around the top of the crumble. Bake about 30-35 minutes, until fruit is bubbling throughout the dish. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to warm or room temperature.

Somebody get me some vanilla ice cream!!!

Somebody get me some vanilla ice cream!!!

Serve with your choice of accompaniment, such as ice cream, whipped cream, crème fraiche, etc. I can see doing these in individual mini dishes for guests. Enjoy!


Pineapple-Mango Smoothie (Lassi)

August 30, 2013 MMM Foodies

Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Smoothie

I had some Channa Masala and Basmati Rice today and it was pretty spicy! I was going to just get a glass of milk to cool off my mouth, but then I thought about what is traditional in India: Lassi. Most Lassi recipes are more fruit and less milk than what I am going to propose here and they usually contain sugar, something I need to reduce.  Another key ingredient is yogurt.

My version solves the sweetener situation with the honey that comes with one of those individual cups of plain yogurt with the honey on the little “sidecar”. If you like it less sweet, you could leave the honey out and just use plain yogurt  (or maybe a vanilla or lemon yogurt).

Greek yogurt with honey “sidecar”

For the fruit, I used 1 fresh mango and about 2 cups of pineapple that I had prepared fresh some time ago and had in my freezer. I also have some frozen strawberries that I could have used instead. Feel free to be creative! If you really want to get crazy, you could sprinkle a pinch of kosher salt on top…woooo! That’s just wacko ! Enjoy!


Preparing Mango


 1 Ripe Mango, peeled, pit removed, diced

Other smoothie ingredients

2 c. Frozen Pineapple Chunks

1 individual serving Plain Yogurt with side cup of Honey

16 oz Lowfat Milk


Time to give it a whirl!

    Put diced mango in blender. Cover with milk. Add yogurt and honey. Blend until smooth. Add frozen pineapple chunks, (you could substitute frozen strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or fruit of your choice) a couple chunks at a time until completely incorporated and smooth. Serve immediately. Makes about 2-16oz servings. Enjoy!

Weeeeeeeee! Wee, wee, weeeeeeee!