As a part of the berry family, it is quite natural to believe that blackberries and blueberries go together. The truth is that both these fruits complement each other, creating flavorful dishes and drink. Blackberries are generally sweet with the ripest ones being the sweetest. The less ripe a blackberry, the blander it will be. Some blackberries can be bitter or even sour. When it comes to texture, they are quite juicy and plump, like strawberries. Blueberries are typically sweet, but can also be sour, and while they are generally smooth, some may also be grainy.
Either way, whether ripe and sweet or sour, blueberries and blackberries can be used to make a variety of mouth-watering desserts, baked items, and smoothies.
What You Can Prepare Using Blueberries and Blackberries
Black and Blueberry Smoothie
This smoothie will keep you going in the morning and help you prepare for a busy day. Packed with good fats and antioxidants, the Black and Blueberry Smoothie will fill you up with energy.
- ½ cup blueberries, frozen
- ½ cup blackberries, frozen
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Blend blackberries, blueberries, almond milk, honey, coconut butter, and chia seeds in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy.
- *If you don’t want the extra fat, then don’t add the coconut butter and chia seeds. You can also replace the almond milk with normal milk or half a cup of yoghurt. Some people may even add 1/2 cup of orange juice for a slightly tangy taste.
Enjoy your morning or evening coffee or tea with these uber-delicious fruity shortcakes.
- *For the filling:
- 3 cups fresh blueberries
- 2 cups fresh blackberries
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ sugar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 cup frozen whipped topping
- *For the shortcake:
- 2 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
- ½ cup fat-free buttermilk
- ¼ cup chilled butter, cut
- Cooking spray
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spoon flour into dry measuring cups and level it to make shortcakes. In a large mixing basin, whisk together flour, sugar, grated lemon rind, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in cooled butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in the buttermilk until it is thoroughly moistened.
- Knead the dough lightly four times on a lightly floured board. Cut 8 dough circles with a 3-inch biscuit cutter, making sure it has a 1/2-inch thickness. On a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, place the dough rounds at least 2 inches apart to give them space to breathe and expand.
- Brush dough rounds with a mixture of water and egg white whisked together, and also sprinkle 2 teaspoons of sugar evenly. Bake for 15 minutes, or until brown.
- Remove from the oven and set aside to cool on a wire rack.
- In a small saucepan, combine the blueberries, 1/2 cup sugar, juice, and cornstarch to make the filling. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low heat and continue to cook for 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. In a large mixing basin, combine the remaining 2 cups blueberries and blackberries and toss to combine. Cover and set aside to chill.
- Cut every shortcake in horizontally; spread 1/2 cup blueberry mixture over bottom half of the shortcake. Top half of the shortcake with 2 teaspoons whipped topping for each serving.
A luscious and delicious blackberry and blueberry cobbler. With fresh berries and white chocolate morsels, this delicate pastry treat is gently sweet. Combine with vanilla ice cream for the ultimate dessert.
- Cooking spray or butter (to grease)
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
- ½ cup brown sugar (optional)
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- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees C). Using cooking spray to coat an 8×8-inch baking dish.
- In a mixing bowl, combine blackberries, blueberries, orange juice, and 3 tablespoons white sugar. Allow 20 to 30 minutes for the berries to absorb the liquid. Then, whisk the baking powder and all-purpose flour together until well blended.
- In a separate bowl, add 1 cup sugar, melted butter, egg, and vanilla extract until fully incorporated. To make a smooth batter, gently whisk the flour mixture into the liquid ingredients. Cover the bottom of the prepared baking dish with a thin layer of batter; top with the berry mixture and liquids.
- Over the berries, spoon the remaining batter and smooth it out into an equal top layer; top with white chocolate chips and brown sugar. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the cobbler is golden brown, the filling is bubbling, and the chips have melted.
Packed with antioxidants, blueberries and blackberries can be used to make a various delicious and healthy snacks and drinks. We hope that the recipes listed above help you enjoy the fantastic combination of these two juicy and healthy fruits in the best possible way.