There is something about a little tart that is the epitome of charming. The effort to make individually formed little desserts for your family or guests just says something special. When Abby Dodge posted this month’s #Baketogether challenge for Mini Pies I have to admit that I was sorely tempted to make some mini pies exactly like hers. A combination of blueberries and raspberries with an almond crumble on top. I couldn’t help but wonder, ‘Why change something so delectable?’
Then I realized I really had very few raspberries left; the effort to dip them in chocolate for my Chocolate Raspberry Martini saw a fair number go in the ‘not quite up to snuff’ disposal system, i.e. my mouth…so those were out. Then I tasted the blackberries in my fridge last night and they were so perfect; just the way they should be. Perfectly ripe and even more perfectly sweet; I knew they had to be the star. Not having quite enough I was lucky to also have some blueberries in the fridge too but it was the blackberries that became the focus of this dessert.
I’ve run a small retail business online for a couple of years that I just shut down recently; running a web business and a food blog is more than enough to keep me busy. I’ve still got some products left that I love and one is my absolute favorite jam of all time; Primo’s Blackberry Serrano Jam. Rich with chunks of berries and with the perfect touch of heat, I wanted to use it too. Was it because I most often use it in conjunction with Brie for an appetizer that I had the brainiac idea to also add some Brie to this tart? I’m sure it was…and I’m glad of it too! I’ve never put Brie in a mixer before so that was a leap of faith but mixing it up with some brown sugar, egg and yogurt that I added to the rest of the filling made for a beautiful rich sauce to surround the berries. Completing my version were whole berries pressed into the top of the finished pies and then glazed with some more of the preserves. The results were more stellar than I expected and a bit of time overnight letting it meld only made ‘really good’ even better. This is most definitely a dessert but there is a lingering bit of heat that while not glaringly evident is sure there. How perfect is that?
I promised a Giveaway didn’t I? If you’re disappointed that it’s not a $500 mixer or the newest Cuisinart ice cream maker I won’t apologize. You can find those opportunities everywhere but how often do you have a chance to win a jar of Blackberry Serrano Preserves?
I’ll send a jar to two people…one picked from the folks in the #baketogether group and one picked from my other readers. What do you have to do? Easy…just leave a comment so I’ll know you were here! If you participate in #Baketogether, please do mention that in your comment and if you don’t…well, why not? Visit Abby’s site for all the details and come on board!
I’ll determine winners from comments left on this post until midnight, Friday, June 8, 2012.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for these preserves or paid to write this post. All opinions on the wonderfulness of this product are my very own.