Friday night we got our first snowfall of the season in Chicago. I was so inspired that I walked to the grocery store and took pictures of my neighborhood along the way. It’s still snowing, and I’m back in the spirit of cooking and baking new things!
When I returned, my local PBS station, WTTW, was airing an Anne of Green Gables marathon. The books were so great to read growing up, and my family did the “environmentally sound” and “fiscally responsible” thing by borrowing the videos from the public library! It’s such an arcane and simple idea compared to the media availability now. I arrived at the part where Anne forgot to put the cheesecloth on top of the sauce for Marilla’s plum pudding. And right there, I got the urge to make something from Prince Edward Island. I found a P.E.I. tourism site that had a bunch of recipes and chose partridge berry loaf with hot sauce. However, my grocery store did not have any partridge berries, so I substituted frozen mixed berries instead.The brown sugar sauce has no viscosity like I thought it would. It really is just a sauce to spoon over the slice in order to make it moist. But, the end result is just so yummy. Make sure to have plenty of milk on hand when you eat this!
Mixed Berry Loaf with Brown Sugar Sauce
(adapted from tourismpei.com)
1/2 c. butter
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. frozen mixed berries, thawed
2/3 c. milk
Beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, milk and the mixed berries being careful not to crush the berries. Fold berry mixture into butter mixture. Fold into greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 F. for 45 minutes.
1 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. water
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla or rum, to taste
Place first three ingredients in a sauce pan and boil until bubbly. Slowly then add 1 tsp. vanilla or rum to taste. Drizzle on sliced berry loaf.