Blueberry Cheesecake Shooters

Souffle Bombay
Wed, 9 Jul 2014 18:36:50 +0000
Today I have a number of fantastic recipes to share with you from some of my foodie friends AND a giveaway! Gotta love a two-fer! June is Dairy Month which means it’s time to celebrate #AllThingsDairy!   Fresh nutritious dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt don't just taste delicious; they're good for your body! Dairy foods are the #1 source of calcium in most individual’s daily diet and offer 9 essential nutrients.  Milk and dairy products are fresh 365 days a year, making Dairy Month a great time to think about exciting, nutrient rich combinations like creative grilled cheese sandwiches, salads and refreshing desserts.  Join in the fun & deliciousness and celebrate "All Things Dairy" with 15 Food Bloggers from around the country as we celebrate #AllThingsDairy by sharing some of our favorite dairy recipes PLUS enter for a chance to win one of 3 Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence™ Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet & Ice Cream Makers to entice you to make your own delicious dairy treats this summer! The American Dairy Association & Dairy Council salutes its local dairy farmers with a celebration of #AllThingsDairy as they seek nutritious recipes combining milk, cheese and yogurt with fresh produce.  To learn more about the health benefits of dairy and the essential role it plays in your diet visit I teamed up with 14 of my fabulous food blogger friends to bring you fun and delicious recipes to inspire you get your daily servings of dairy.  From Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Pops to Spinach & Prosciutto Pizza, I'd say we've got something for everyone! I decided to do a riff on a favorite summer dessert of ours and came up with these fun Blueberry Cheesecake Shooters.  I love these in the summer because they cool you down when you serve them right from the fridge and they are SO easy to transport to BBQ's if you have mason jars handy!  It's so funny, every time I make these for a party it becomes kids vs adults to see who gets the lions share.  Gotta love a dessert that can please all ages! My 12 year old son made the Blueberry Compote (love that kid!).  I have been teaching my kids to taste as the go when helping in the kitchen and adjust how they see fit, he tasted it and said "it needs something..."he rummaged in our spice pantry and came back with one of our favorite spices; Chicago Old Town Premium Spiced Sugar, which is compromised of vanilla sugar, cardamom and China cassia cinnamon and wow did it ever enhance the compote...if you don't have that spice, don't worry, cinnamon will do just fine. If you have extra compote (or want to make some more now that you see how easy it is) this incredible Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Cake is a perfect way to use it up! Disclosure: This collaborative post was sponsored by the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council to celebrate Dairy Month as well as bring attention to the benefits of dairy in your diet. All Thoughts and opinions are my own.  Winners have 5 calendar days to respond to email notification, otherwise  prize is forfeited. Enjoy the collection and best of luck in the giveaway! 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Add in the pudding mix, sugar and vanilla and mix on medium for 3 minutes. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight to allow the flavors to mingle.  Crush the graham crackers in your food processor until just crumbs. Add in the butter and pulse until combined. Place in a small bowl and set aside. To make the blueberry compote, place all ingredients into a saucepan, bring to a boil.  Lower the heat and allow the juices to thicken, stirring often.  After about 6-8 minutes, it should be nice and thick and the juice should be more like a syrup,  Remove from the heat and allow to fully cool.  Chill until ready to use.  Can be made up to 2 days in advance. In your shooter cups, mason jars, wine glasses or whatever you may be using, first spoon enough graham cracker mixture to cover the bottom. Spoon or pipe in some of the cheesecake mixture, spoon enough compote in to cover the cheesecake mixture, spoon or pipe in a second layer of cheesecake mixture, then place as little or as much of the compote on top.  You can swirl it in or put a decent amount - your call. Chill until ready to serve or transport. These really are so easy; people will think you worked harder than you actually did :)  If you have 4 or 6 oz mason jars with lids these become SO easy to transport.  You can also make this as one big parfait instead of minis. Enjoy!!
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