Jul 8
2011

Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream Pie with Hazelnut Crust Recipe

Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream Pie with Hazelnut Crust Recipe

For our family, summertime is filled with camping trips, bike rides and lazy afternoons at the pool. Well, the “lazy” part refers to me, as I lounge in the shade or beach myself in the shallow end of the kiddie pool, occasionally throwing the football to my kids. The boys, on the other hand, are in constant motion – running to the diving board (“Don’t run by the pool!”), doing flips off of the low board (“Oh my goodness, watch your head!”) and having enthusiastic water fights in the kiddie area (“Watch out for the little ones!”) Okay, maybe I’m not as relaxed as I like to think. Whatever outdoor activity we are doing, we are always ready to cool off with a frozen dessert. That’s where this Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream Pie comes into play.

When the first blueberries arrive at the market, my kids beg me to buy a boat load of them. We typically eat half of the fresh ones and freeze the other half for blueberry syrups and waffles in the wintertime. The simple blueberry compote is made with fresh fruit, though frozen berries could be used as well. The toasted flavor of the graham cracker and hazelnut crust pairs very well with the sweet fruit and creamy ice cream. It is easy to put together and a welcome treat after a long day in the sun.

If your family spends as much time playing outside as my family does in the summer, be sure to check out this fun contest from the people at the Blueberry Council. From June 27 to July 26, the Blueberry Council is inviting you to upload or tweet photos of yourselves (or your family and friends) doing something playful or adventurous fueled by the flavor of blueberries.

Each week, the Blueberry Council will select the two best entries and award $100 gift cards to the winners. At the end of the contest, the person with the most energetic and creative entry will receive a $2500 grand prize. Head to their Facebook page to find out how to enter.

The recipe:

The crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine graham crackers and chopped hazelnuts. Pulse until the graham crackers are fine crumbs. Add melted butter and pulse again until the mixture starts to hold together.

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Coat a 9-inch pie dish with cooking spray. Press the graham cracker mixture on the bottom and up the sides of the dish. Bake until the crust is set and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.

Blueberry compote:
In a medium saucepan, combine blueberries, sugar, water and lemon juice.

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Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the blueberries start to pop, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.

The rest:
Gently spread 1 pint softened vanilla ice cream into the bottom of the crust. Spread half of the blueberry mixture over the ice cream. Place in the freezer until the blueberry mixture is set, about 30 minutes. Spread remaining ice cream over the blueberry layer.

Place dollops of the blueberry mixture on the ice cream and swirl with a large skewer. Place in the freezer and let set completely, at least 2 hours.

Remove the pie from the freezer and let sit at room temperature until slightly softened, about 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve.

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Other ice cream pie recipes:

Love & Olive Oil’s Mud Pie with Homemade Decaf Coffee Ice Cream
Barbara Bakes’ Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie
The Way the Cookie Crumbles’ Strawberry Chocolate Ice Cream Pie
Dessert for Two’s Blackberry Ice Cream Pie


Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream Pie with Hazelnut Crust

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice

Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream Pie with Hazelnut Crust

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck.

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 8 graham crackers (to equal about 1 1/2 cups crumbs)
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • Blueberry Compote:
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • The rest:
  • 2 pints vanilla ice cream, softened

Instructions

  1. The crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine graham crackers and chopped hazelnuts. Pulse until the graham crackers are fine crumbs. Add melted butter and pulse again until the mixture starts to hold together.
  3. Coat a 9-inch pie dish with cooking spray. Press the graham cracker mixture on the bottom and up the sides of the dish. Bake until the crust is set and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. Blueberry compote: In a medium saucepan, combine blueberries, sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the blueberries start to pop, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.
  5. The rest: Gently spread 1 pint softened vanilla ice cream into the bottom of the crust. Spread half of the blueberry mixture over the ice cream. Place in the freezer until the blueberry mixture is set, about 30 minutes. Spread remaining ice cream over the blueberry layer. Place dollops of the blueberry mixture on the ice cream and swirl with a large skewer. Place in the freezer and let set completely, at least 2 hours.
  6. Remove the pie from the freezer and let sit at room temperature until slightly softened, about 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Blueberry Council. I use fresh and frozen blueberries in my cooking throughout the year and am happy to highlight them here.

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{ 81 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lora July 8, 2011 at 12:17 am

Wow this is just gorgeous. A slice of summer heaven!

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:46 am

Thank you, Lora. We will definitely be making this several times throughout the summer.

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3 Maureen July 8, 2011 at 12:52 am

This looks fantastic !! What a great pie — I could eat the whole thing and then lick the plate. Blueberries will always be my all-time favorite berry and I could happily replace a meal a day with a box of blueberries. heh

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

Thanks, Maureen. Blueberries are my favorite berries, too and we eat boxes and boxes of them each summer.

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5 Maris(In Good Taste) July 8, 2011 at 2:35 am

The hazelnuts in the crust must make this incredible! What a beautiful pie!

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6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

Thank you, Maris. The hazelnuts really do add something special to the crust.

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7 Ruth July 8, 2011 at 3:20 am

I love the blueberry swirl – so delicious looking! And the hazelnut crust sounds like the perfect match.

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8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

Thank you, Ruth. The swirl was fun to do. My kids had lots of fun helping me with that part.

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9 Jessica @ How Sweet July 8, 2011 at 4:47 am

This is dreamy. What a fabulous dessert!

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10 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

Thank you, Jessica. Have a great weekend.

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11 Patti July 8, 2011 at 5:21 am

Good Morning Dara, I’m having a blueberry overload linky party going on! I’d love for you to add your Blueberry Swirls Ice Cream Pie! Hope to see you there!

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12 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

I’ll definitely check it out.

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13 Pretend Chef July 8, 2011 at 6:53 am

This is an incredibly beautiful dessert. Perfect after a long day of play outside. Yummy!

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14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

Thank you. This was a wonderful treat to come home to after an afternoon at the pool.

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15 Belunda @zomppa July 8, 2011 at 8:09 am

Your summer sounds wonderful. Bkueberries really are the perfect little wonders!

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16 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

Indeed they are! Thanks, Belinda.

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17 Blog is the New Black July 8, 2011 at 9:06 am

This looks wonderful!

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18 Kim - Liv Life July 8, 2011 at 9:09 am

The title of this post alone is enough to turn heads… but then when we see that gorgeous photo up top it’s enough to make your mouth water. What a perfect summer treat!!

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19 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

Thank you for your kind comment, Kim. This became an instant favorite for my family.

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20 anja July 8, 2011 at 9:29 am

oooh dara, that looks sooo adorable. lately i see a lot of swirls on blogs and the web. and my BF did a bread with a pumpernickel swirl recently. looks like a new trend… anyway, that sounds like you and your family are enjoying the sommer to the fullest. anja

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21 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

If swirling is a new trend, count me in. Thanks, Anja.

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22 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 8, 2011 at 9:32 am

That pie looks delicious! I love the crust. We have hazelnut trees in our yard so I’m always looking for ways to use them. And we looooove blueberries :D

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23 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

Hazelnuts in your yard? Lucky you! I hope you have a chance to try this.

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24 Lisa {smart food and fit} July 8, 2011 at 9:43 am

I just bought some fresh blueberries, I’m thinking this would be a great way to use them! Your photo’s are beautiful!

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25 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

Thank you, LIsa. Give it a try – I hope you enjoy it.

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26 Lindsey@Lindselicious July 8, 2011 at 9:54 am

This is right up my alley! I love blueberry swirl anything- and I love the addition of hazelnuts to the crust. Bookmarking to make soon!

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27 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:52 am

Thanks, Lindsey. The blueberries and hazelnuts really do work well together.

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28 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 8, 2011 at 10:17 am

This is right up my alley! I would devour this pie.

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29 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:52 am

Lauren, devour is the right word. That is what happened at my house.

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30 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen July 8, 2011 at 10:48 am

What a lovely pie and it sounds so good right now in this heat!

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31 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:53 am

Thank you! I hope you are keeping cool.

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32 Melissa @ Dash of East July 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

This looks beautiful and delicious! Makes me want to run out and get some blueberries right now. What a perfect summertime dessert!

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33 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 8, 2011 at 11:53 am

Thanks, Melissa. I hope you have a chance to give it a try.

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34 KalynsKitchen July 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I am drooling. (And I’m trying to diet this week, so that’s not necessarily a good thing. But I will stay strong.)

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35 Sasha @ The Procrastobaker July 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm

This sounds irresistibly fresh and summery :) beautiful photos too (as normal!)

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36 Jess July 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm

This looks absolutely decadent! I recently found out that it’s both National Ice Cream Month and National Blueberry Month, so this really is the perfect recipe for right now. I might not be able to resist making it before the month is over!

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37 Lauren from Lauren's Latest July 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Your photos keep getting better and better, Dara! And this looks like an amazing dessert for summer! Can’t get enough of those blueberries.

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38 The Food Hunter July 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm

This looks delicious and so easy to make. Perfect for a picnic. I can’t wait to try it.

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39 Kathy - Panini Happy July 8, 2011 at 11:25 pm

This looks fantastic, Dara! A simple set of ingredients combined to make something extraordinary. I especially love the ring of blueberries along the edge. :-)

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40 claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend July 9, 2011 at 4:50 am

Very delicious looking pie I love the swirl effect great job my family would love this for sure!

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41 Julie M. July 9, 2011 at 6:09 am

What a beautiful pie Dara! I agree, sitting by the pool with a troop of boys is never a very relaxing event. :)~

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42 Lisa @ Tarte du Jour July 9, 2011 at 6:57 am

Looks refreshing and delicious… great summer dessert! We were just in Maine where the blueberries are amazing!

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43 Suzanne July 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

Mmmm, love this pie, absolutely delicious looking. A must try for out family, thanks :)

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44 Julie July 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Oh MY this looks divine! thanks so much for sharing!

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45 Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies July 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm

This is so pretty..love the swirl!

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46 marla July 10, 2011 at 5:54 am

Dara, these photos blow me away! Wow, this ice cream pie sounds amazing with that hazelnut crust…..but the composition and vibrancy of your photos are awesome in this post. I am the same “relaxed” way at the pool ;)

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47 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen July 10, 2011 at 6:45 am

Hazelnut in crust, blueberries with ice cream – all in a pie is exactly how I dream of food. LOVE this recipe Dara!

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48 Laurie @SimplyScratch July 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

Dara this looks delicious!!

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49 Lori @ RecipeGirl July 10, 2011 at 9:49 am

SO very pretty and summery!

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50 The Newlywed Chefs July 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

O…M…G… This recipe looks simply perfect. We’ll have to try it soon!

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51 Robyn | Add a Pinch July 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Gorgeous recipe, Dara! I bet it tastes heavenly!!!

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52 DessertForTwo July 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Oh heavens, thanks so much for linking to my blackberry ice cream pie!

Your blueberry pie looks heavenly :)

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53 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 11, 2011 at 6:38 am

I love the addition of the blueberries for decoration. I’ve done a blueberry tart ice cream for hubs many years – he’s a big fan but never thought to dress it up like that.

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54 Lynn July 11, 2011 at 6:53 am

I love blueberries and this looks so good! It would be a great way to use some of the blueberries that I have in my garden right now.

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55 Angie July 11, 2011 at 7:50 am

This looks so good, I love blueberries!

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56 Aggie July 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

That has my name written all over it!!

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57 HeatherChristo July 11, 2011 at 8:55 am

Dara- this is so pretty! and very creative. nice job!

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58 Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! July 11, 2011 at 9:07 am

Gorgeous! And yum! Love how you used the whole blueberries as a border decoration, too.

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59 Jamie July 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

At first I thought this was cheesecake and it was so pretty that even though I don’t like cheesecake I just had to get a closer look. Now that I know it is ice cream I am ready for a plateful! Fabulous!

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60 Jennifer (Savor) July 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I want to know how many slices you had? I would have eaten most of it!

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61 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) July 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I managed to limit myself to two. Luckily, my family was there to pick up the slack.

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62 Barbara | Creative Culinary July 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I just made a mint chocolate chip pie a couple of weeks ago. Homemade crust and sauce but prepared ice cream. I had never done that before…nope, thought not really a recipe if I didn’t make the ice cream too.

I was wrong. The crust, the topping…all of it elevated simple ice cream to something special so it will be done again and this is a great candidate. Love me some blueberries!

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63 Michelle July 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I made this tonight, because I had a bad day. Delicious and so simple. I left out the hazelnuts though and still yummy!

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64 Shelby July 12, 2011 at 3:24 am

Gorgeous pie! I love anything and all things blueberry.

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65 Elle July 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Hazelnut crust? Oh, yes please! This looks fantastic, and with ice cream? Perfect for summer.

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66 Skylar July 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm

The hazelnut in the crust, that’s something I never would have thought of (and plan to use now). It looks so good for summer

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67 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels July 14, 2011 at 7:48 am

Oh my word this pie looks incredible!! I love blueberries but combined with ice cream makes it even better. :) YUM!

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68 Tracey July 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Your pie is stunning Dara!! I am obsessed with all things blueberry so I know I’d love it.

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69 Jennifer B. July 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm

This looks wonderful! I’m going to make it tomorrow. I have a bunch of blueberries that I thought would turn into muffins, but this sounds much better. As a fellow Canuck, I crave wild blueberries from northern Ontario!

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70 Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} July 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Oh my goodness…that looks fabulous! I’m loving ice cream pies this summer. It is a great way to dress up ice cream and entertain.

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71 Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen July 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Oh my gosh!! This pie looks incredible!!! I love anything with blueberries. :D

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72 shelly (cookies and cups) July 20, 2011 at 6:21 am

This sounds perfect! That crust with the blueberries and ice cream ~ yum!

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73 Tiffany July 25, 2011 at 3:37 am

This is a perfect picture and sounds so good that I am ready to try it! This perfect for the summer!

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74 Kim Beaulieu August 3, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I was just cruising through the Tasty Kitchen site and stumbled on this. It looks so good. Not sure how I missed this. This looks so good. I am not enjoying our hot Canuck weather, although the rain has been a nice break.

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75 best chocolate recipes August 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

When I saw this recipe on your blog, I couldn’t get it out of my mind! I made it the next day and it was delicious!! My kids loved it. thanks for sharing ;)

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76 trina @ best salad recipes August 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I love blueberries! These look incredible – my mouth literally just watered. Have to make them, diet be darned! ;)

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77 Mrs. Jen B September 1, 2011 at 8:10 am

That is just the prettiest thing I’ve seen all day! Thank you for brightening things up for me. :) It’s going to be hard, though, sitting through the rest of the work day without a big piece of that pie in front of me.

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78 MoCookbooksEtc October 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I can’t wait to try this recipe! The photo is gorgeous!

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79 Dominika September 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Hi,
I will definitely going to make it as soon as possible. This cake looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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80 Anna August 26, 2014 at 9:03 am

Made this gorgeous cake last night and it looks and tastes just as good as I expected! I love how simple it was too. Thanks for a great recipe!

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81 Dara August 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

I’m so glad to hear that, Anna! It’s one of our favorite summertime desserts.

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