Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Blueberry Blanc-Manger

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"Middle English blankmanger, a dish made with almond milk, from Old French blanc mangier : blanc, white (of Germanic origin; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots) + mangier, to eat, food (from Latin manducāre; see manger)." Source

On first glance, the raspberry blanc-manger looked intimidating, but two words, "panna cotta" and "foolproof" in Dorie's headnote allowed me to see this recipe in a new light. Panna cotta, I could make foolproof!

According to several sources, Thomas Jefferson, our President foodie, added blancmange to his dessert repertoire at Monticello after experiencing it in Paris while Minister to France. My introduction to blancmange came from a Monty Python skit about an alien race of blancmange who turned everyone in England into Scotsman so they could win in tennis at Wimbledon. Sounds bizarre, but that's Monty Python!

I had two pints of blueberries, enough to add to the blanc-manger and to make a blueberry coulis. Rather than using one mold, I chose to serve the dessert in individual glasses. Thanks to Susan of stickygooeycreamychewy for this weeks dessert from "Baking From My Home to Yours". You can find the recipe on her blog. Stay tuned next week-I'm up with Vanilla Ice Cream on pages 428-429.

Blueberry Coulis

A colorful berry sauce to top ice cream and other desserts. Adapted from this recipe. Makes 2-1/2 cups.

2 pints fresh blueberries, washed and drained
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
lime zest for garnishing dessert

Process on a food processor one pint of the blueberries, sugar and lime juice. Press through a sieve to extract juice. Adjust flavors by adding more sugar or lime juice, as desired. Refrigerate. Just before serving, fold in the remaining pint of blueberries. Sauce is best served at room temperature.

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vibi said...

Beautiful! Very dainty and precious, especially presented in such a ornate mint tea tumbler!

Very creative...

Kim said...

I love the individual glasses. Such a good idea and with fresh blueberries. Yummy. It looks wonderful.

Erin said...

What a great way to serve it! Your glasses are really pretty!

TeaLady said...

I almost used blue berries, but thot it would be TOOO Blue. And individual servings in glasses - very creative.

They look delicious.

ostwestwind said...

I like the way you serve it

Ulrike @ Küchenlatein

Engineer Baker said...

Oh Monty Python, you really are so wonderful. Love the individual servings, and those glasses are gorgeous!

Finsmom said...

This looks delicious - great presentation!

Feel free to use my salad on foodie views :)

Jaime said...

love your individual servings! beautiful presentation

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