Were you to take a peek into the Boulder Locavore refrigerator you might guess us to be Fruitarians. As soon as summer hits the fridge fills up with delicious seasonal fruit, and vegetables. We just can’t seem to get enough of cherries, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, nectarines, apricots…..well, I think you get the picture. We love eating them raw and in simple fruit salads as well as more rustic desserts that can be compiled without several fussy steps and that let the flavor of the fruit shine through rather than loads of sugar.
We’ve been munching on sweet ripe strawberries and the first of summer cherries to arrive. I decided to combine them into a take on a Claufoutis, a French dessert made from whole pitted cherries in a batter cake. Combining all the ingredients for the dessert in the blender makes fast work of compiling all the ingredients which from there are simply poured into a prepared deep dish pie pan, layered with the fruit and then baked. The outcome is a custard pie without a crust. The flavorful cherries and strawberries are further enhanced by the addition of some Chinese Five Spice, one of my favorite seasoning blends to use with fruit. What it may lack in visual appearance, it certainly delivers in taste and texture, as well as ease of preparation!
This crustless custard Cherry Strawberry pie is a perfect relaxed dessert for summer dining. Using fresh cherries and strawberries the fruit provide the main sweetness for the pie.
- 1 1/4 cups Milk
- 1/3 cup granulated Sugar
- 3 Eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup Flour (gluten-free or with gluten; I used King Arthur's Gluten-Free Flour)
- 2 cups fresh Cherries, pitted and halved
- 1 cup fresh Strawberries, halved or quartered if very large
- 1/2 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
- Confectioner's sugar to sprinkle on top
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a deep dish pie pan and set aside.
- In a blender combine all ingredients EXCEPT the cherries and strawberries. Blend to fully combine and pour into the prepared pie pan.
- Evenly distribute the fruit on over the top of the batter (they will sink into the batter).
- Place pie pan into heated oven. Bake for 45-60 minutes until a knife inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and serve.
Summer has a happy verve to it for me and I want to be surrounded by joyful things that make me happy. I recently discovered a company that has a line of products that feel they were made for me; Casabella. Casabella was founded on the idea that housewares and cleaning products can look great and be functional at the same time. I don’t know about you but my kitchen utensils I love the most tend to be cheery and in colors I love; lemon yellow, aqua blue, lime green, bright pink. I really do feel differently when using them and love Casabella’s line of kitchenwares and cleaning supplies. They would make me look forward to cleaning and feel pretty hip while doing so.
In order to enjoy all my favorite produce there are key tools that make that manageable. I have just been playing with some great options from Casabella this week that I’m delighted to share with you along with a giveaway for a reader to win them too!
I’ve experimented with many cherry pitters over the years and can attest Casabella’s pitter is a breeze. Operated by one hand the pits are easily and quickly removed for the cherries.
I have been guilty of lopping off the tops of strawberries, taking tasty fruit with it to remove the stem and hull. Casabella’s cute strawberry huller gently removes the top and hull without any fuss (and it’s only $4.99).
I love the 2 cup turquoise blue colander (Silicon Measure Clean and Steam) made from hearty silicon which can also be hung inside a saucepan over boiling water to be used as a steamer.
I am constantly searching for my peeler at this time of year and being black it hides well amongst all my other utensils. This ergonomically designed double peeler (Peel N Slide Double Sided Peeler) will never go missing in lime green and has a cover to ensure whichever side is not in use will not cut the peeler.
Last but surely not least is a sleek bamboo cutting board that has a hidden prep drawer (Chop N Prep Cutting Board with Prep Tray) making it easy to clear away any unwanted food into the tray to be dumped once the prep work is done. No interruption to the prepping to dump space consuming refuse.
Each of these Casabella products are a welcome and fun addition to the preparation going on in my summer kitchen! If you’d like to enter to win each of these items yourself, see below!
THE WINNER OF THE CASABELLA SUMMER KITCHEN GIVEAWAY IS ENTRY 145: Allyson B.
Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, rather an opportunity to share a fun new company I’m loving. I did receive each of the items described above for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.