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Vacation canning

Most of our vacations in Maine involve eating. Whether its popovers, lobster or blueberries, our family enjoys the culinary delights of Maine. However, with the abundance of blueberries to be found around every corner, it seemed shameful to just eat them for only a week.

First we needed to find some jars. A quick trip to Salisbury Farms Hardware in Bar Harbor solved that problem. Next a quick run to the IGA and I had the rest of my ingredients.

Under normal circumstances, canning is easy, except when you are in a vacation home. Instead of my normal canning tools, I relied on a potato masher and slotted spoon for a jar lifter, a clunky pair of tongs as a lid wand and repurposed at lobster pot as a water bath.

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Then I turned two quarts of delicious Maine blueberries into eleven jars of blueberry sauce.

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I love these simple blueberry buckles

My local Stop & Shop had a buy one get one deal on pints of blueberries, so I got inspired to make a family favorite for Sunday night dinner dessert.  This may be one of the easiest recipe’s but these buckles are simply delightful.

Individual Blueberry Buckles, from the fine folks at Cooks Illustrated.

  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup of pecans
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups of blueberries
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °
  2. In a food processor mix the sugar, pecans and salt together until pecans are finely chopped
  3. Add the eggs, butter and vanilla to the processor and mix for 5 seconds
  4. Add the flour and baking powder to the food processor and pulse five times until well mixed
  5. Pour batter evenly into 5 ramekins and top with blue berries (the berries will sink while they bake
  6. Bake on a rimmed cookie sheet for 25-30 minute or until the edges begin to pull away from the ramekins
  7. Cool on a wire rake and eat.  Top with vanilla ice cream, homemade whipped cream or eat them as is.