Snack Like a Southerner: Blueberry Tarts


1 sheet puff pastry, unthawed
8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
2-3 Tbsp Sugar
1 1/2 cup Blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 Egg, whisked
3 Tbsp Water
Powdered Sugar

Step One:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet."

Step Two:
"On a lightly floured surface roll out thawed puff pastry into a 12x9" rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise, yielding 2 4-½" strips. Cut those two strips crosswise into thirds, to yield six 4x4 ½" pieces.
With a knife, score ½" border around the edge of each piece of puff pastry. Use a fork to make five or six pricks into the dough within the border of each piece. This will help keep the middle of each piece from rising."

Step Three:
"In a bowl, stir together softened cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and almond extract. Spoon about 2-3 heaping tablespoons of mixture into the middle of each piece of dough and spread around evenly, ensuring the mix stays within the borders. Into the middle of the cream cheese, add blueberries and press down into the cream cheese lightly so they set in place." 

Step Four:
"In a small dish or cup, whisk together the egg and water. Using a pastry brush - brush the edges of the puff pastry with the mixture. This will help the edges turn golden brown and crispy."

Step Five:
"Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown, on the middle rack and rotate the baking sheet half way through baking. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or room temperature. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving."


Snack Like a Southerner: Brown Sugar Fruit Dip


(, William Dickey; Styling: Buffy Hargett)


1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 
(8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened 
1 cup sour cream 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1/3 cup coffee liqueur (optional) 
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed 
Garnish: brown sugar 
Assorted fruit 
1. Beat brown sugar and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
2. Add sour cream, vanilla, and, if desired, coffee liqueur, beating until blended and smooth; fold in whipped topping.
3. Cover and chill 4 hours.
4. Garnish, if desired. Serve with assorted fruit.

Snack Like a Southerner: Fruit Pizza



Crust Ingredients:

¾ cup Crisco

2 eggs

½tsp soda

½ cup buttermilk

2 cups sugar

3 cups flour

½tsp salt

1tsp vanilla


Pizza Ingredients:

8oz cream cheese

1tsp vanilla

½ cup sugar

Fruit (diced strawberries, banana slices, peach chunks, etc)

cup powdered sugar

1 cup orange juice

2tbsp cornstarch



Preheat oven to 350°.

Mix all ingredients together. Use ⅓ of dough as crust for fruit pizza. Spread dough evenly on a 12 inchj pizza pan. Prick with a fork.

Bake for 10 minutes.


Pizza topping:

Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Mix well. Spread onto baked crust. Top with fruit you have chosen.

In a pot, boil orange juice, corn starch and sugar for one minute. Pour over pizza. Place pizza in refrigerator and cool.