Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Blueberry 5th Symphony Dessert

Blueberry 5th Symphony Dessert
This dessert is very musical - each layer is plain & simple on its own but together they make a scrumptious symphony of flavors!  This is my mom's creation and she graciously said that I could share it with all of you. 

The reason that I added in the "5th" into the title is because there are 5 delicious layers.
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 packet vanilla sugar (if you don't have vanilla sugar then use 1 tablespoon of sugar & 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract).

Using a pie cutter (or "pulse" using a food processor) - combine the flour, butter & vanilla sugar until it resembles a crumb topping.  Stir in the chopped pecans.  
Butter or spray a 13 x 9 x 2 Pyrex dish.  Press the dough into the Pyrex dish (ONLY press the dough on the bottom - do NOT go up on the sides - it should only be a flat layer of dough).  Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes (or until desired "doneness" is achieved).  Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack.

On the left you will see that I pressed the dough into the pan and on the right it has not yet been pressed in.

Blueberry Layer
4 cups fresh blueberries (washed & drained) (if you are using frozen blueberries - you will need to cut back on the water below)
1/2 cup water (if using frozen blueberries - only use 1/4 cup water)
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 cup water

In a medium saucepan - combine the blueberries, 1/2 cup water, butter and sugar and place on burner set at medium heat.  Stir constantly until it almost boils.  In a separate bowl, using a small whisk - stir the corn starch into 1/4 cup water (the water needs to be at room temperature - NOT cold) until all the corn starch is dissolved.  Add this cornstarch mixture to the blueberry mixture while still on the burner and continue stirring and boil for 1 minute (you will notice it thicken).  (see pictures below).  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Whipping Cream Layers
1 pint heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons vanilla sugar

Using an electric mixer - whip the cream & vanilla sugar until peaks appear.  Place in fridge until assembly (see picture below).

Cream Cheese Layer
1 package of cream cheese (8 oz) (at room temperature)
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup already whipped whipping cream

Remove 1/2 cup of whipping cream from the cream that you just whipped and set aside.  With an electric mixer - blend the cream cheese and powdered sugar until combined.  Now gently fold in the 1/2 cup whipping cream with a wooden spoon until combined.  (see picture below).

To Assemble:
1.  The baked dough layer should be totally cooled by now (NOTE - it must be totally cool to the touch otherwise it will melt the cream cheese layer.

2.  Take the cream cheese mixture and place tablespoon size blobs all over the crust (see picture above left) (this will help spread it more evenly over the entire crust).  Using a knife, gently spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust (as not to disturb the crust) (see picture above right).
3.  Divide the whipped cream in half - spread 1/2 of the whipped cream on top of the cream cheese layer.
4.  Gently spoon the blueberry layer on top of the first whipping cream layer.

5.  Finally, top with the second half of whipping cream and swirl with a knife so that a little of the blueberry color mixes into the top whipping cream layer - therefore resembling a symphony (see picture above right).  Place in the fridge for about 40 minutes (or more) and then cut into squares.


  1. Returned the follow via GFC !
    With A Blast

  2. Oh wow, that looks good. I'm wondering how it would work with other berries, like raspberries or strawberries.

    1. That is a great idea - I've never tried it with any other berry - if you try it with another berry please let me know how it is - thanks!

  3. I love this recipe! It looks so delicious!

  4. Hi Angie,
    I linked this blueberry desert recipe and blog to my page.

  5. I LOVE this! Layers, and blueberries and music...some of my favorite things! Thank you for linking up on Photo Friday! Hope to see you next weekend and have a great weekend!

  6. Hi Angie - I saw your recipe on Pam's Blog and had to visit the source. This recipe is definitely going into my collection. It looks and sounds so delicious.

    I'm now a follower of your blog on both Google and NetworkBlogs (I didn't do the Linky thing as I already have an encyclopedia of passwords - each and every site requires its very own login and PASSWORD ! =O Wonder if they'll ever come up with a universal ID - like a thumbprint identificator or an computer iris scanner ?

  7. found you through the photo friday link up! your step by step in wonderful and the pictures... oh my!!! I want some... NOW! :)

  8. Your all making me hungry! LOL some fab recipes linked up this week maybe ones I have a decent kitchen I can start trying to make some myself as they look amazing!

    Thank you so much for linking up with my hop - I Love my Post.

    Sarah x

  9. Oh wow this looks AMAZING!!

    I'm now following you and found your blog through life in a breakdowns blog hop, would love it if you had a few mins to check out my blog too

  10. Hey thanks for visiting/following LoblollyLane..I'm following back...blueberries is one of my all time favorites this looks fantastic...I have three.

  11. these look delicious! thanks for sharing the recipe.

  12. This sounds, and I bet it tastes, like a great symphony. Joni

  13. I read the recipe and am definitely making it next time we have a hymn sing at our house! And of course I will be setting the plate on sheet music. Love that!! and it makes a great photo. :-) Following you via GFC. Hope you can visit and follow back!

  14. This looks so yummy! I love blueberry anything! I would love for you to come link up your awesome blog to my Get Social link party that's live right now!

  15. Mmmm... Blueberries, cream cheese, whipped cream, AND pecans!! Wowzers! Thank you for sharing the recipe! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  16. Looks so rich and creamy! Blueberries are my favorite fruit! I have a whole Pinterest board for them- Pinning it now.

  17. OH MY Goodness! That looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  18. Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments!

  19. Oh My Yummy! These look absolutely delish! I would love for you to share this on my Linky Party going on now - Blog Stalking Thursday.

  20. This is a beautiful looking dessert which I can tell from the ingredients is richly satisfying.

  21. I love the creative name for this dessert. It looks absolutely scrumptious. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday.

  22. Hi Angie,
    This looks delicious. I love the name. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  23. That dessert inspires me to pull those blueberries we harvested out of the freezer! I can't wait to try it!YUMMY!!

  24. danke für das rezept, der kuchen sieht soooo lecker aus!!! angie


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