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Blueberry Lasagna

Blueberry Lasagna

Blueberry Lasagna

blueberry-lasagna

Blueberry Lasagna

Blueberry Lasagna is a dish that can only be described as a "Czech-Italian Fusion." It was inspired (in part) by the delightful Czech plum dumplings that my grandmother used to make. She would fill the dumplings with the plums and then boil them. After they were done, she'd toss them in a butter, cinnamon and sugar mixture. The lasagna noodles in this recipe are coated with the same mixture before layering in this dish. It's not absolutely necessary but it does add an exciting element to this dish.

Another Czech addition to this dish is the pocipke topping. My grandmother often used this topping when making "dewberry" pies. It's great to use on any type of fruit pie as an alternative to a pastry topping.

The cream cheese layer is an absolute "must have." I added the sweetened ricotta (with almonds) layer for an extra dimension of texture for the palate. Feel free to leave it out and use only cream cheese layers between the blueberry layers. It will still be an excellent dish.

This dish takes a little extra time to make but it is well worth it. Serve it with freshly whipped cream on the side. You'll be in blueberry heaven.

Ingredients

For Step 1:

  • 2 lbs. fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Cornstarch (as needed to thicken)

For Step 2:

  • 1 lb. Lasagna noodles
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

For Step 3:

  • 4 Tbsps. unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsps. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

For Step 4:

  • 15 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sliced almonds

For Step 5:

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  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

For Step 6:

  • 1 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsps. sugar
  • 2 Tbsps. flour


Blueberry Lasagna-Step 1

  1. Rinse blueberries and place into a saucepan. Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar over the blueberries.
  2. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until blueberries start to break up and release their juices.
  3. Allow blueberries to cook until mixture is reduced or add cornstarch to thicken (follow the directions on the cornstarch package for thickening.)
  4. Once the mixture is thickened, remove from heat and allow to cool.
Cinnamon-Sugar Water

Cinnamon-Sugar Water

Blueberry Lasagna-Step 2

  1. While the blueberries are cooking, bring water to the boiling point in a large sauce pot.
  2. Add the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to the water.
  3. Boil lasagna noodles in batches (4-5 at a time). The texture of the noodles should be "al dente."
  4. Note: A pair of kitchen tongs works well for this step. It's easy to "fish" the noodles out when they're ready.
  5. Allow noodles to cool slightly so they're easy to handle with your fingers.
Coated Lasagna Noodles

Coated Lasagna Noodles

Blueberry Lasagna-Step 3

  1. Melt butter. Add sugar and cinnamon. Mix until well incorporated.
  2. "Paint" noodles and stack on a sheet pan (see photo).
  3. Set aside.
Add a layer of blueberry, then the first layer of noodles

Add a layer of blueberry, then the first layer of noodles

Add a layer of ricotta cheese & almonds

Add a layer of ricotta cheese & almonds

Blueberry Lasagna-Step 4

  1. Place ricotta in a mixing bowl.
  2. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar over ricotta.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Beat egg slightly, add to mixture.
  5. Add vanilla.
  6. Mix until well incorporated.
Add a layer of noodles, then another layer of blueberry

Add a layer of noodles, then another layer of blueberry

Add another layer of noodles, then the cream cheese mixture

Add another layer of noodles, then the cream cheese mixture

Blueberry Lasagna-Step 5

  1. Place softened cream cheese and sugar into a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Beat egg slightly and add to mixture.
  4. Add vanilla.
  5. Mix until well incorporated.
Add another layer of noodles, then the last layer of blueberry

Add another layer of noodles, then the last layer of blueberry

Top with pocipke

Top with pocipke

Blueberry Lasagna-Step 6

  1. Sift sugar and flour together.
  2. Place softened butter in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Mix until crumbs are formed. (if the mixture is too wet, add a little flour. If it's too dry, add a little more butter.)
Finished Blueberry Lasagna

Finished Blueberry Lasagna

Blueberry Lasagna-Step 7

  1. Assemble blueberry lasagna as shown above using a "traditional" lasagna pan or one that is slightly smaller (as shown above).
  2. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove cover for the last 5-10 minutes of baking so that the pocipke will brown slightly.
  3. You can test for doneness by inserting a toothpick or knife in the middle. If it comes out clean, the lasagna is done.
  4. Allow dish to cool for 10-20 minutes before serving. This dish may also be served cold.

*Note: Just as it is with regular lasagna and many other dishes, this dish tastes even better the next day, after the flavors have had time to "marry."

Lasagna Pan

Comments

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on May 30, 2014:

Hi, Melissa,

Hi, Michele,

Yum! I am impressed at this hub.

Blueberry lasagna? What a great new thing for me to love. Thanks.

Great read. Fantastic verbiage, graphics and presentation. Voted a well-deserved Up and away.

I cordially-invite you to take a trip to my place and read a couple of my hubs, then be one of my followers.

I would love that.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Avery/from Hamilton, Al.

frogyfish from Central United States of America on June 07, 2013:

Delightfully different and delicious sounding dessert. The blueberries and cream cheese had my attention, but the complete recipe would be something special. Thank you for sharing such good instructions too.

Ceres Schwarz on June 07, 2013:

Interesting recipe. This Blueberry Lasagna looks really good and delicious as can be seen in the image of the food. The other images you have were also very helpful in showing readers how to make this recipe.

Susan from India on June 06, 2013:

Wow. It is simply mouth watering. Thank you for sharing.

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on June 06, 2013:

This looks delicious! One tip for Hub formatting is to use full width photos like you did at the top. Hubs that show the full photo tend to get shared more.

Very nice hub!

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