Guest Post from My Friend Ann

Weeks ago, I asked if any of the participants in the Improv Challenge wanted to guest post here at Frugal Antics.  One of the first to respond was my friend Ann, formerly from Cooking Healthy for Me.  Since then, she has stopped blogging, but because we are real life friends, I asked if she wouldn’t mind giving us a cameo appearance.   There is so much more to Ann than healthy cooking.  She has created some of the most gorgeous wedding cakes and catered fantastic events for family and friends.  When she told me about these Deconstructed Blueberry Shortcake, I hoped to see them on her blog.  I am honored and thrilled that they are debuting here.Deconstructed Blueberry Cobbler
Hi Everyone!
 I’m Ann….an Improv-er and the former blogger from Cooking Healthy For Me.  I recently decided to give up blogging in favor of travel with my Honey Bunny, but not before I got to have fun, Fun, FUN with the Improv Group and making creative dishes with the two ingredients Kristen supplies!  I’m also one of the luckiest bloggers EVER!  The reason?  I live near Kristen and we lunch together regularly.  She’s as awesome in person as she is on her blog!
I had an amazing time making dishes with the Improv-ers.  I was the kook who made RIBS from Cranberries and Eggnog!  Remember Peanut Butter & Jelly?  I’m the nut who made Spicy Coconut TOFU!  Like I said….tons-o-fun!
When Kristen asked if I wanted to guest post for the “Meet the Improv-ers” I said, heck yeah!  Even though I’m no longer blogging – I gotta!
Deconstructed Blueberry Cobbler
In true improv fashion I made something outside the box recently for a bridal shower.  Blueberries are in season here and I decided to make a Deconstructed Blueberry Shortcake!  No shortcake, but crunchy, buttery, sweet panko bread crumbs  Rather than just plain ol’ blueberries – I made a thick, jammy compote with lemon.  Whipped Cream?  Well…’s just whipped cream.  I couldn’t mess with perfection!
Deconstructed Blueberry Cobbler
Since there was no shortcake – we served it in those amazing Asian soup spoons that are PERFECT for one bite appetizers!  Just gulp them down like oysters – except they’re sweeter going down!  Here’s what I did:
Deconstructed Blueberry Shortcakes
Recipe type: dessert
  • 2 pints blueberries
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of one-half lemon
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 cup plain Panko bread crumbs
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  1. In a large saucepan, add the blueberries, sugar, zest and lemon juice. Over medium heat, bring it to a light boil, stirring lightly.
  2. Mix together the cornstarch and water and add to the blueberries.
  3. Continue to boil,very lightly and stirring easily, until the blueberry compote turns clear again.
  4. Put in a dish and chill until very cold.
  5. Once it's cold, whip the cream with the powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.
  6. Set aside.
  7. In a shallow non-stick pan, add the panko, butter and sugar.
  8. Heat over medium heat until the butter and sugar melt, stirring frequently.
  9. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the Panko crumbs are golden brown.
  10. Don't leave it unattended, they'll burn quickly.
  11. Put on a piece of parchment paper and cool completely.
  12. In an Asian Soup Spoon, add a 1 to 1½ Tablespoons of blueberry compote, a tablespoon of whipping cream and sprinkle with the cooled bread crumbs.
  13. Serve immediately.
I had enough to make BUNCH of these and still had some leftover.  But that’s okay – it was SO good we ate the leftovers, too!
Many thanks to Kristen for having me here today!  I hope y’all enjoy and I’ll be reading your future Improv entries – I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Isn’t Ann great?!  I love the little glasses of macaroni salad in the middle picture.  She also put a green salad in little wine glasses and served sliders and chips at that shower.  I cannot wait to see the pictures of the food she makes for the wedding coming up this summer.  She is so talented.  I know I speak for all who know her online when I say how much we will miss her.  Luckily, she is still active on Twitter (@AnnHolly) and is still visiting blogs, too!

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