Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bumbleberry Pie Sundaes #MyPlatinum #sponsored

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade.  I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I am continuing to enjoy using Cascade Platinum in my dishwasher.  The dishes have never been so clean.  This week, my focus was on food presentation.  I'm sure you've noticed I love to try new recipes and take pictures of food to share with you.  I had to laugh when we went to a Mexican restaurant a few weeks ago and Pierce pretended to take a picture of his food.  Like mother like son?  I love how sparkling my dishes are now with Cascade - I don't have to angle them in the picture to try to hide a streak from view - they look shiny from every side.  And I couldn't believe the other day when I put two new glasses with sticker residue in the dishwasher with Cascade Platinum.  When I took them out, the residue was completely gone! 

This weekend I had a friend coming into town, so I made Gail Simmons' Bumbleberry Pie Sundae recipe.  Berries are in season right now in Virginia, and I was eager to take advantage. 

Ingredients:
3 cups plus 3/4 cup mixed berries, well washed and divided (any combination of strawberries hulled and quartered, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries halved)
4 tbsp. granulated sugar, divided
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 pinch coarse salt
1 cup heavy cream
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 pint raspberry sorbet (I substituted raspberry sherbet because it was a little more economical)
6 graham crackers, crushed
2 tbsp. fresh lemon zest

1.  In a medium saucepan heat three cups of mixed berries, 2 tbsp. sugar and lemon juice over medium heat, until the blueberries begin to burst and the other berries break down, about 10 minutes.  Remove off heat and stir in pinch of salt.
2.  Place half the berry mixture in a blender and puree until smooth.  Return the sauce to the saucepan and stir well to combine with remaining fruit.  Allow to cool slightly.
3.  Meanwhile, in a medium bowl crush 3/4 cup mixed berries with remaining 2 tbsp. sugar using a fork, until slightly chunky and loose.  In a large bowl or stand mixer, using a balloon whisk or hand held mixer, beat the cream at medium speed until soft peaks form.  Gently fold crushed berries into whipping cream.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.
4.  To serve: spoon 2 tbsp. of sauce into 6 parfait or rocks glasses.  Top w/ a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a sprinkling of crushed graham crackers, and a pinch of lemon zest.  Then add a scoop of the raspberry sorbet and another 2 tbsp. of sauce.  Top with a dollop of whipped cream and finish with a sprinkling of the graham crackers and another pinch of zest.  Serve immediately.

We all loved this dessert.  The berries have a divine flavor that practically jumps off the spoon.  And speaking of spoons, did you notice how sparkling my silverware is in these pictures? 

Don't forget that you can submit images to the Cascade My Platinum Instagram contest to win wonderful prizes.  And stay tuned for next week - I'll be blogging about favorite drinks!



19 comments:

Buttons said...

This recipe sounds and looks delicious. I am so glad your Cascade is working so well for you.
Another food photographer I love that:) B

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This looks awesome. I think my guys would love it.

andy said...

Oh that looks good Lisa ! Have a wonderful day

Eva Ason said...

Hi Lisa, hope you're having a good week. That dessert looks just too delicious, love fresh berries.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Yum! That looks delicious. I love any kind of berry. And they're good for you, too.

I took a photo of my plate at the Indian restaurant recently--thought I would use it on my blog. I embarrassed Larry so much. :-D

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Have a happy first day of summer vacation day! Carrie and I went to DMV to get a drivers manual to study over the short break this year. The blueberry creation sounds wonderful.

Ginny said...

What an awesome recipe! The Cascade sounds almost too good to be true, it really is amazing! I am now trying to think of other uses, since we don't have a dishwasher, there must be some...

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Oh man, this looks so delicious! I'm glad the Cascade products are working out so well for you :)

Jill said...

You're making me hungry! Looks delish!

Valerie said...

I'm so excited to have more recipes to try-and ones that are so perfect for summer too!!

Betsy Adams said...

Looks like a delicious dessert, Lisa. I love berries this time of year --and that recipe looks yummy. Thanks.

So sorry to read about your horse. Hope you can find the prescription that you can afford. I know how hard this has to be on you.. So sorry.

Hugs and Prayers,
Betsy

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh Lisa that looks delish!

Michael Manning said...

I'm sending this idea along to family members up North! What a great summer treat!!!

Michaela said...

I don't think we have this brand in Finland, we're using Fairy which for me seems the best of everything else I've tried here. I once used something cheaper and we had to re-run the machine, so then I thought I'd better just pay more and have the dishes spotless than having to run the machine again.

Anne Payne said...

That looks delicious, Lisa!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Yummo!

Michaele said...

Oh this just has waaay to many good things combined. You had me at heavy cream!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your recipe sounds absolutely delicious. I want some now!!!!

Andrea B. said...

These look yummmm. :>