My Dad, along with his wife and her sister, came to visit us this week. My Dad's wife, Lesley, has lived in the U.S. for over 30 years, but she is originally from Scotland. Her sister, Eileen, still lives in Scotland but comes to visit often during the summertime. We were so happy to have them all. It was a real treat!!Eileen loves to cook and I showed her my blog. We talked all about different kinds of recipes and I gave her some recipes before they left. We had so much fun talking about all kinds of recipes. Eileen mentioned that she had bought cups and tablespoons so she could follow American recipes at home.
My Dad's birthday was the very first week of August so I made him Paula's Blueberry Cream Pie. Ever since I can remember, both me and my Dad have loved blueberry pie. There is a little diner in my hometown that has the best blueberry pie and we both would order it every time it was on the menu. Although we always have traditional blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream, I thought I would try something new.
Paula's recipe is very fun and simple. Let's face it.....how bad can blueberry cream pie actually be? This pie is served cold and the filling is not baked at all. The final product was light and fluffy. Some were skeptical at first, mainly because they didn't love blueberry pie the traditional way. They enjoyed this pie because it was not overwhelming in the blueberry department. At first, I thought the pie was a bit too mild. I guess what I mean by that is simply that it didn't have a lot of flavor. However, the next day, the pie was better. Maybe it needed extra time in the refrigerator. The next day, the flavors seemed to blend a little better and my Dad and I finished it off : ) I thought the cream portion of the pie might taste somewhat like cheesecake, but it didn't. It almost tasted a bit like a cream cheese frosting, if that makes any sense. In the end, I think I prefer traditional blueberry pie a la mode, but this was fun and enjoyed by all. I'm glad that I made it at least once to test it out. If you need a quick dessert, don't be ashamed to throw this together!!
Blueberry Cream Pie- adapted from The Lady & Sons by Paula Deen
3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I used pecans)
One 9-inch deep-dish pie crust (thawed if frozen)
Two 3-ounce packages cream cheese, room temp
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
One 21-ounce can blueberry pie filing
Press the chopped nuts into the bottom of the pie crust. Bake as directed on the package and let cool. Beat the cream cheese with the confectioners sugar. Beat the heavy cream with the granulated sugar until it forms soft peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Spoon this mixture into the cooled pie shell and top with blueberry pie filling. Refrigerate until well chilled.
On a fun note, I received a shipment of cookbooks yesterday from The Good Cook. I started wondering how many other food bloggers belong to their cookbook club. When I arrived home to see the box on my mailbox I was SO excited. I just couldn't wait to tear into the package. I have been wanting some of these cookbooks for months and I finally ordered them. I received Carmine's Family-Style Cookbook, Taste of Home's Winning Recipes Cookbook, and also a fun book all about Halloween called Matthew mead's Monster Book of Halloween. All of these books are great, but the Taste of Home Winning Recipes is an ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE FOR EVERY FOOD LOVER!! I'm not kidding when I say that you simply have to have this book. It contains 645 recipes from National Cooking Contests and I have bookmarked over 150 recipes to try. Everything sounds delicious. In fact, I'm going to post about this book soon. If you don't have this book, you need to seriously think about getting it. If you do have this book, I'm curious what some of your favorites are. I don't know where to start : )