Pack the sweetness in a jar: Simple Blueberry Preserves
When you have an enthusiastic cook at your cafe, is it a good thing? Besides teaching yoga, I work at this amazing cafe/restaurant called B52 in Pittsburgh. We make literally everything from scratch except Heinz ketchup. Vegan cashew cheese, yogurt, almond milk, bread, soda…really EVERYTHING! Maybe you could already guess: It is a complete vegan cafe.
B52 has a great team of a bread baker, cooks, baristas, a kombucha brewer who create this space THE VEGAN PLACE in Pittsburgh. Oh, I didn’t mention but I also make vegan chocolates at this place as well. Though that’s not what I want to write about in this post.
So the other day when I was working, I was making ton of pita breads. I have done this process so many times and I truly love the stage of second fermentation of the dough. It’s like touching baby skin and the rounded doughs are such delicate thing! So my enthusiasm kicked in and started asking what would happen if I bake the second fermentation dough as is, means no reshaping, rolling out or proofing. Then magic happened!
Head baker let me experiment to bake a bread 🙂 He showed me how we could turn this pita dough to a hard bread. OH MY GOSH! MY heart exploded.
The pita baby became a big hearty bread!!!!
Then I started asking so many so many questions about breads. A long story short, the rest of my shift, he let me make a bread from scratch. SCORED!
I wasn’t able to go through the whole process, but I got the idea. That’s enough for the day until next time.
So yesterday, I stopped by B52 after teaching a class, and checked my bread. It was fully developed and became a full grown awesomeness.
I got to bring my grownup bread home and on the way home, I stopped Strip District where I could buy fresh fruits and vegetable to prepare my dinner.
It was already late in the afternoon so there were crazy deals/sales going on. I went nuts on fruits. When you see a pack of blueberries for just $1, it’s stupid not to buy it! I bought so much strawberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches, mango, banana, kiwi, beets and kale. What an amazing day. I froze some fruits for smoothie and one full pack of blueberries became a simple perfectly sweet and delicious blueberry preserves.
That’s what I am going to share with you today. This recipe is incredibly simple and delicious. Oh, pectin free as well! Try out and enjoy.