Blueberry Peach Buckle

For dessert the other night, I experimented with a blueberry buckle recipe. Instead of yogurt, I used Creole Cream Cheese. This uniquely New Orleans item is like a cross between cottage cheese and sour cream. For those not in the area, I’m also including a recipe for it. Secondly, I added peaches as just blueberries alone is a bit plain.

Here is the recipe:

Blueberry Peach Buckle

Serves 8

Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 ounces (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup Creole Cream Cheese (or whole-milk yogurt)
2 cups blueberries
1 cup peaches, peeled and sliced

Crumb Topping: 

Mix together sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Refrigerate.


Preheat oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 9 x 13 -inch pan.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

Using a mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar with lemon zest. Add eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, alternating with creole cream cheese or yogurt. Batter will be very loose. Stir in blueberries and peaches. Pour batter into pan. Sprinkle crumb topping over fruit.

Bake for 1 hour. This buckle is very soft and moist so using a toothpick to test doneness will not work. If golden brown on top, the buckle is done. Let buckle cool on a rack for 30 minutes before removing it from pan.

Serve warm with ice cream.

Dorignac’s Creole Cream Cheese
A Metairie grocery store that stocks Creole Cream Cheese, Dorignac also provides a recipe for those out of the area.
             2 gallons skim milk
             ½ quart buttermilk
             ½ rennet tablet (available at cheese specialty stores)
             Half & Half optional
Combine skim milk, buttermilk, and the ½ rennet tablet in a stainless steel pot. Using a thermometer, bring the temperature of the milk to 80 degrees, stirring constantly and hold for five minutes. Remove from heat, cover tightly and allow to sit 3 hours. Drain off the whey (liquid remaining after the curds are formed) discarding this liquid.
Pack the solids in 8-ounce portions topping with equal parts of half and half
cream. Chill and serve with sugar or fruit. Creole cream cheese is excellent in ice creams and pastries.

Melting Pot

My Mom and I went to the Melting Pot for dinner. Our house has always been fondue fans but we have never been to a restaurant that does it.

We did the full four course menu – starting with the traditional cheese fondue with Gruyère and Emmenthaler. There was a selection of 3 different kinds of bread plus apple slices. There was also cauliflower and carrots but we didn’t waste any belly space on them. The salad came with the entree course, or we wouldn’t have bothered with it either. The spinach and mushroom salad was good but we were there for fondue, not rabbit food.

For the entree course we went for the land and sea. This was chicken, shrimp and filet mignon as well as mushrooms (again we ignored the broccoli and potatoes). The sauces that came with tasted like bottle sauces but they weren’t too bad and a decent compliment to the meats. There were also a couple of tempura batters but they were a little too thick and formed an chewy overcoat, instead of a crisp crust. Next time, we will probably only get the filet mignon, as the chicken wasn’t particularly flavorful.

The final course was dessert. We went for the dark chocolate with Grand Marnier. This came with Rice Krispie treats, bananas, strawberries, cheesecake, graham cracker coated marshmallows and brownies.

The drink selection is very good – I had a very lovely margarita before the meal and a nice Pinot Noir from Argentina with the meal. At dessert, I splurged on a Frozen Grasshopper (creme de menthe, creme de cacao blended with ice cream). The server brought mom her beers regularly, so she was very happy.

The service was very good. Jessica was knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. She was around often enough for refills and moving to the next course but allowed us plenty of time for conversation.

This was a fun place for a meal but we do a pretty good job at home, so I’m not sure if I will be back any time soon.

Cochon Butcher

Stopped by Cochon Butcher for lunch today and had to laugh at the Swine Bar Now Open sign.

We ordered the Mac & Cheese – there was a lot of flavor to the cheesy sauce and the little bits of panchetta were a lovely touch. We also split a BLT – the bacon is uncommonly good, the arugala gave the sandwich a nice bite and the pickled onion offered a nice tang. I also liked the homemade kettle chips and my mom loved the bread and butter pickles.

At almost $30 for the sandwich and appetizer, this isn’t a place I come to regularly but it sure is a nice treat.

As the interior is small and the seating outside will soon be unbearable with the summer heat and humidity, I recommend going early or taking your meal to go.