When I invited friends over recently, I looked for an easy dessert to finish off the meal I prepared. It was a light main course and I splurged a bit on the dessert. It was 414 calories per serving. However, a whole portion seemed excessive, so I dished out half at approximately 207 calories. It was more than enough. A little whipping cream finished it off. I found the original recipe here. Once again I recommend looking at the original, to see any notes its host has mentioned, and to look at other recipes you might enjoy.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
Whole time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 but I think you can get 12
Calories: 414 calories but more than enough to split one portion in half and share.
A box of yellow cake mix
6 cups of blueberries
1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar
1 stick of butter
1-1/4 cups of water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Rinse your blueberries thoroughly and drain well. Roll them into a clean tea towel for an extra dry if necessary.
In a 9 x 13 baking dish, spoon the yellow cake mix into the bottom fairly evenly. You don't really have to be too corner-to-corner as you'll see from the following directions.
Next, put the blueberries over the cake mix and spread out a bit, here again not too corner to corner.
Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar over the blueberries.
Pour the 1-1/4 cup of water over the top of the berries and cake mix.
Gently toss the berries and cake mix to allow the water to settle towards the bottom of the baking dish. (Instructions say to give it a little shake if you need to. Also that if the berries aren't very juicy, add a little more water. If they are plump you need to add less. I didn't do either, it was fine with the stated amount.)
Cut the stick of butter into 8 pieces and place evenly over the top.
Place in the oven and bake 45 to 50 minutes.
Other things our host noted:
"The amount of sugar and water you use will vary on the berries themselves. Before you start, make sure you taste the berries so you add the right amount. If they're sweet you won't want as much sugar. If they're tart you might want to add a little more.
It's also important to pour the water over the top and then be sure everything is mixed. You want the berries and the water to settle into the pan before baking!"
"You can freeze this dessert. Once frozen and when ready to use, thaw overnight in the fridge. Pop into the oven and bake at 350 degrees until everything is warm and bubbly."
What did we think of this dessert?
This is definitely in the favorite folder, as it was delicious and the aroma in the house was heavenly. I can't remember the last time I cooked blueberries in anything. I usually add them to my oatmeal or in a smoothie. This will definitely be a company dessert, or for a special treat.
There weren't a lot of leftovers. Everyone enjoyed this dessert and there were requests for seconds. We did have a couple of portions left which we will be freezing for another day.
This would work well with other fruit. I will try it with cherries next time. You can use your own favorite for this one.
Thanks for looking and enjoy your week!