Red, White & Blueberry and a Tart Brut

Mother Nature was definitely shining down on all the wonderful Veterans who we celebrated today. Happy Memorial Day to all. Aside from the barbecues, outside adventures and maybe some indulgent retail therapy, I hope everyone got a chance to hug their loved ones a little tighter and celebrate our gratitude towards those who make our country the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Sappy moment done. My weekend consisted of wine tasting with new and old friends, uncovering hidden gems in nearby State parks, and per usual, lot’s of eating. Unfortunately, I definitely embodied the typical American sterotype by eating my weight in salt, so some sugary cupcakes were actually a welcome repreve. Pardon the pun, but this week’s cupcake was just asking for it 🙂 Red, White & Blueberry is an easy and fun recipe. Blueberries can be overly sweet so I balanced the sugar with lime juice and sour cream. Edible blue and red sparkles may also have been utilized. A little chewier than most of my cupcakes, as I played around with proportions, but still a fun treat.

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[Camera did not want to co-operate…I swear they were not pink and green :-)]

Recipe (makes 12):

Cupcakes:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 tbsp edible blue sparkles

Frosting:

  • 16oz confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp edible red sparkles
  • red, white & blue sprinkles for garnish

Pre-heat oven to 350 and place cupcake liners in tray. Set aside. Puree blueberries, lime juice and sour cream until smooth. Set aside. Combine remaining ingredients and stir until smooth. Mixture will be thick. Using ice cream scoop, place dollop into each liner. Bake for 20 minutes. While cooling, combine frosting ingredients and beat until fluffy. Frost. Garnish. Enjoy!

chandon

Chandon is a staple in California wine country and for good reason. This Brut is another gem that I’ve been holding on to since our last trip down South, but it is readily available up here. Very dry (complements the sweetness of the blueberries…and actually brings out the tang of the lime), with hints of pear and apple. Surprising flavor? Cinnamon– a wee little zest, which rounds out this snack. Excellent with almost all cuisines.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Cheers,
Jenna

 

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