Just back from a great family trip to Northern California. My husband was born and raised there and four of our five children were born there. I lived there for 13 years. Welcome to Northern California Week at Red Couch Recipes! I will be showing you the highlights of our Northern California trip and providing recipes inspired by the sights and tastes of Northern California. Also welcome to Blue Week at Jenny Matlock's Rainbow Summer School. You can't get much bluer than blueberries!
Our first stop on our trip was to swim in Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is a great place to spend a day. When we lived in California, Lake Tahoe was a favorite! The water is clean and clear! It is the second deepest lake in the United States. Come early because parking gets filled up quickly! The water is a bit chilly, but not too chilly for me!
Talley, Our Youngest, Enjoying Lake Tahoe
Apple Hill...Apples, Berries and a Whole Lot of Fun!
Leaving Tahoe and coming down Highway 50 we drove around the windy roads of Apple Hill. Apple Hill is a collective of 50 different farms that sell apples, of course, and blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries; some of the farms offer U-pick. We used to live about 20 minutes away from Apple Hill and went there often. Although some of the farms are open all summer, Apple Hill really gets kicking in the fall with pumpkins, cider donuts, unpasteurized apple cider (yummy), and pies. On the weekends, there are arts and crafts for sale. We almost didn't stop to pick any fruit until my youngest said that it "would wreck the trip, " if we didn't. She was right....we loved picking and eating these berries fresh off the bushes!
Raspberry Bushes at Apple Hill
Freshly picked Apple Hill Blueberries!
Years ago I acquired this recipe for Sour Cream Blueberry Pie from one of the farms at Apple Hill, Bolster's Hilltop Ranch. They hold a blueberry festival at Bolster's each year in June. It is a delicious pie recipe. Inspired by the mini pies in Mason jars made by Yvonne at Stone Gable, I made the pies mini-sized. I used my 6-ounce ramekins and the recipe made 8 lovely little pies. This pie tastes best if stored in the fridge overnight; the flavors meld together and it is wonderful! It is a scrumptious creamy version of blueberry pie. If you don't have blueberries, you can use another fruit.
Recipe for Sour Cream Blueberry Pie
Pie Crust Recipe for 9 or 10-inch pie
Pie Crust Filling
2 tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups blueberries
1 cup whipping cream, not whipped
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
Instructions for Pie Filling: Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix the egg, whipping cream, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla together. Slowly combine the sugar mixture with the whipping cream mixture. Mix until smooth and then add the blueberries. Make the pie crust and roll out flat. Cut out pie rounds that are bigger in size , by at least 1/2-inch, than your ramekins (I used my 10 ounce Pyrex bowls).
Place crust in bottom of ramekin, pricking bottom with a fork.
Add around 5 tablespoons blueberry pie mixture to each ramekin. Instructions for Crumb Crust: Mix the butter, flour, and sugar until it is mixed well and resembles large cracker crumbs. Top the ramekins with crumbs.
Baking Instructions: Bake for about 8 minutes in a 425 degree oven, then reduce heat to 350 and then bake for about 20 minutes more. Cool. You can invert these and serve without the ramekin or serve in the ramekin. You can also make this pie in a 9-inch pie pan,, but I just love the minis!
Now let's cut into the pie and take a little wedge!
Thank you for dropping by and joining me on my Red Couch for Northern California Week! Hope you like the pie....it is a winner in my family! Oops, I spilled a little blueberry pie on the couch....and you KNOW how blueberries stain so I better say good by until tomorrow where we will continue our trip in Northern California to the city where we DID leave our heart!
Posted belatedly with the following'
Skip to My Lou's Made By You Monday
The Girl Creative's Just Something I Whipped Up Monday
Fudge Ripple's Tuesday Night Supper Club
Balancing Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday
Jenny Matlock's Rainbow Summer School