Spiced Pear Tea Cakes with Blackberry Jam

Spiced Pear Tea Cakes with Blackberry JamMake summer feel like fall with these Spiced Pear Tea Cakes with Blackberry Jam.  Juicy pears baked inside cinnamon spiced mini tea cakes and smothered in fresh blackberry jam.

Spiced Pear Tea Cakes with Blackberry JamDubai has schooled me on what a real summer feels like.  Scorching sun all day, everyday, with highs of 120 and lows of 100.  Lows of 100?!!  On a positive note, I will say that bright sunshine everyday makes for great lighting while taking photos of food.  You food bloggers would love it here!

Some facts about Dubai summers:

If taking a shower in the middle of a summer day, turn the water all the way to cold and it will be too hot to use.  The water has been boiling in your outside pipes all day, while the hot water tanks are inside being cooled by the air conditioning.

You will definitely incur third degree burns on the bottoms of your feet if you decide to step outside on the pavement without foot wear.  Even for a couple of seconds to run the trash out.

Nice summer night winds?  Think of the hottest setting of your blow dryer hitting your face continuously.  Or opening an oven in your face.

And yes, you can definitely fry an egg on the sidewalk.  In the shade.

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Blackberry Pie Bars

Blackberry Pie Bars with homemade whipped cream and fresh blackberries - www.yummycrumble.comBlackberry Pie Bars layered with buttery shortbread and delicious homemade blackberry jam.  Fresh whipped cream and juicy blackberries dress up these lovely little bars.

Blackberry Pie Bars with homemade whipped cream and fresh blackberries - www.yummycrumble.comMy mind says, “Hey there fatty.  January is not even over and you’re already gorging on something with the word pie in it.”, while my mouth is saying…well it’s saying nothing.  It’s stuffed with these Blackberry Pie Bars!

 I have a serious love hate relationship with blackberries.  The seeds.  Oh God, the seeds.  But the juicy bursts of tart juice in every little berry.  That’s why I always come back for more.  It’s like summer comes back just for that moment.

Blackberry Pie Bars with homemade whipped cream and fresh blackberries - www.yummycrumble.comThese Blackberry Pie Bars scream summer!  It’s perfect for those mornings of drudging through knee deep snow to get to your car, only to realize you forgot that dang ice scraper.  So you drudge back to the house but slip on ice, which causes all the icicles off your entire roof to rain down like little frozen daggers.  And then you break a nail.  Is that a winter morning for everyone who lives north of Georgia?  I imagine it is.  But what do I know, I live in Florida where it’s hot as B A double hockey sticks S, nine months out of the year.

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Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes with Sweet Tea Frosting

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Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes with Sweet Tea Frosting and garnished with blackberry sugar.  My delicious twist on an Arnold Palmer in cupcake form.

Arnold Palmer you wonderful man you.  You created my favorite beverage of all time and I thank you.  So, cheers to you…here is my version of your sweet drink in a little yummy cupcake.  Don’t be fooled though.  This little cupcake has so much tart citrus flavor its like a lemon punched you in the mouth.  And then a sweet little blackberry gave you a kiss to make it feel better.

All silliness aside, this really is a delicious cupcake.

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