Blueberry Delight — Down-Home Comfort

Blueberry Delight

Blueberry Delight

Virginia Willis' Blueberry Delight for FoodNetwork.com

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Virginia Willis, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Right Reserved

Blueberries are the Disney version of summer fruit, round and gentle like a bouncing sing-along ball. They bring to mind fingers stained purple-blue, fruity tarts, pies and cobblers, and warm, fresh-from-the-oven muffins. I love eating them fresh out of hand as a snack, with creamy, healthful yogurt to start my day — or perhaps topped indulgently with freshly whipped cream to end it! Blueberries are good and good for you, a veritable summer delight.

On the other hand, Blueberry Delight is a modern convenience dessert and a favorite at church suppers and potlucks. Most often made in the familiar rectangular glass baking dish, it has a graham-cracker-crust base and is filled with a blend of cream cheese or instant vanilla pudding married with a tub of nondairy whipped topping. A can of shiny, gloppy, blueberry pie filling is slathered on top and is occasionally crowned with toasted chopped pecans – one of the few elements of the dessert that aren’t processed, premade or preserved. Let’s be honest: Blueberry Delight actually may taste amazing, but it’s a pretty far piece from what fresh blueberries taste like.

Blueberry Delight

Blueberry Delight

Virginia Willis' Blueberry Delight for FoodNetwork.com

Photo by: Virginia Willis ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Right Reserved

Virginia Willis, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Right Reserved

My version of this dessert is homemade with fresh, wholesome ingredients. It takes only a smidgen more time than using boxed mixes and premade nondairy topping that contains a mile-long list of ingredients. The results are sweet-tart, wholesome and tasty. Blueberries absolutely shine in this home-style no-bake cheesecake. I’m positively certain you’re going to delight in this decadent Down-Home Comfort dessert.

Blueberry Delight

Blueberry Delight

Virginia Willis' Blueberry Delight for FoodNetwork.com

Photo by: Virginia Willis ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Right Reserved

Virginia Willis, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Right Reserved

When buying blueberries, look for plump, firm, fresh berries that are a light, powdery blue-gray. If refrigerated, fresh blueberries will keep for up to three weeks. When blueberries are in season, freeze them in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Once they are frozen solid, transfer to a freezer-safe container.

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Georgia-born, French-trained Chef Virginia Willis has cooked lapin Normandie with Julia Child in France, prepared lunch for President Clinton and harvested capers in the shadow of a smoldering volcano in Sicily, but it all started in her grandmother’s country kitchen. A Southern food authority, she is the author of Bon Appétit, Y’all and Basic to Brilliant, Y'all , among others. Follow her continuing exploits at VirginiaWillis.com.

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