Please allow me to preface this amazing recipe with a few notes, just for clarity's sake:
1. It's actually meant to be made with blueberries: the consistency of the berries will change depending on the ones chosen.
For this cake, I used a trio of farmer's market organic yummy-but-just-past-their-prime blackberries, raspberries and a few strawberries and the consistency was a little less
'pudding-y' than blueberries, but still out of this world magnificent!
2. the last part of the recipe is kinda weird: just go with it: pretty sure it creates the incredible crust on top!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and mix 2 cups blueberries or other summer berries in an 8X8 inch baking pan. sprinkle with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and set aside!
In a mixing bowl combine the following:
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (I omit because I use salted butter)
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (I use less because the Schmill hates it)
3/4 cup sugar
combine the above ingredients - i like working with a fork!
and in a different small bowl combine
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
mix them well so they become one!
Set one cup of water in a small saucepan on the stove to boil - time it so it's still boiling when it is called for at the end of the recipe (the weird part!)
to the flour mixture add the following and mix it all together well:
1/2 cup milk
1 large egg
1/4 cup melted butter (careful that it is no longer too warm or it will cook the egg!)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pour the batter over the fruit
sprinkle the cornstarch mixture over the whole pan, evenly.
here's where it gets weird: pour the cup of boiling water over the whole shebang and pop it in the oven to bake for 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and gorgeous.
You'll know when it needs to come out :)
Allow your beautiful cake to cool and while it is doing so, make your whipped cream.
Using organic heavy whipping cream (I love its light yellow color!)
mix in a small bit of brown sugar to taste
and place 1/2 teaspoon of lavender buds in a mortar and pestle and grind until fine
Whip it - whip it good!!!
Serve and wait for your guests/husband/children/lover to pledge their soul to your service forever and ever
You're welcome ;)