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Blackberry Blondies













Blackberry Blondies

Sunday is the day that I put together care packages to send up to my son who is away at college.  I always like to bake him cookies, and pack them along with items that I know that he will need while up at school.  Today, I made him a box of goodies that are very reminiscent of home.  Blondies baked with fresh Oregon blackberries…

Here in the valleys of Southern Oregon we have blackberry bushes growing all over the place.  They are found growing on roadsides, along the banks of creeks, and even in the middle of town right next to the freeway.  Some people consider them a noxious weed, but I think otherwise and consider them a gift.  I adore the sweet succulent blackberries and decided to bake them in one of my favorite blondie recipes.

The toughest part about baking these Blackberry Blondies is that I have to figure out just how many of these I will send up to G and how many I will keep here at home.  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten lightly)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped blackberries

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.  Grab a medium sized mixing bowl and mix together the butter and brown sugar.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, mix together the baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour.  Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  Fold in the white chocolate chips.  Gently fold in the blackberries.  Be careful to not over mix the blackberries.  If you do, you won’t have blondies, you will be purplies…

Place in pan, and spread batter evenly.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven, let cool and slice into 16 – 2 inch squares.  Enjoy!



Fried Bananas with Blackberry Sauce













One of my favorite desserts is a Fried Banana with Blackberry Sauce.  Fried Bananas are amazingly simple to make, look elegant on a plate, and they taste wonderful.  The blackberry sauce is made with fresh picked Oregon blackberries and has a splash of Grand Marnier.  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • One small banana per person
  • One lumpia or egg roll wrapper per banana
  • canola oil for frying
  • One scoop vanilla ice cream per person
  • garnish with blackberry sauce, powdered sugar and a sprig of mint.

Let’s begin.  Put enough canola oil in a pan to cover the bananas.  Heat oil until hot.  Wrap each banana in the egg roll wrapper (roll like you would a burrito) using water to seal.  Make sure the banana is completely covered. Place the banana in the hot oil and fry until golden.  Place cooked bananas on paper towels to drain.  Meanwhile, make your blackberry sauce.  See recipe below.  Slice banana in half, arrange on plate, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle with blackberry sauce and garnish with powdered sugar and mint leaf.   Serves as many people as you have bananas…  Enjoy!  Tessa

Blackberry Sauce:  Heat together 1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup water, 1 1/2 cups blackberries in a saucier on the stove for about 20 minutes.  Add 1 Tbls. Grand Marnier.  Remove from stove and let cool.  Drizzle on fried bananas, pancakes, ice cream or whatever.  The possibilities with this blackberry sauce are endless.