Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Simplicity of Blueberries

One of the best things about blueberries is their simplicity. You don't have to peel them before use, a simple rinse will do. Throw them in your cereal, morning yogurt, a smoothie, a salad or just enjoy as a quick snack. These little berries packed full of vitamins and minerals can be a healthy addition to any diet.  
Blueberry Coffee Cake is a crumbly, sweet pastry. The almond extract enhances the flavor of the blueberry filling. Invite a friend or neighbor over to share this breakfast treat.   
Recipe adapted from Midwest Living Brunch and Breakfast 2014
Filling Ingredients:
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 TB. cornstarch 
  • 3/4 tsp. almond extract
Cake Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Saigon cinnamon or 2 tsp. regular cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten 
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Topping Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Saigon cinnamon or 3/4 tsp. regular cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup crushed almonds
  • 2 TB.butter 
Filling Directions:
  • In a medium saucepan combine blueberries and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer on low covered 3 minutes. In a small cup stir cornstarch with 1/4 cup sugar and add to blueberry mixture. Cook over medium heat until thickened about 3 minutes. Add almond extract and set aside. 
Cake Directions:  
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 8 x 8 pan. In a medium bowl stir together 1-1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender or your fingers cut in the 1/4 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.    
  • Make a well in center of flour mixture. Set aside.
  •  In a small bowl combine egg, buttermilk and vanilla.  Use a whisk and mix well. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture and stir only until combined. Spread in a baking pan. 
  • Spread blueberry filling evenly over the batter. 
Topping Directions: 
  • Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and almonds together. Cut in butter using fingertips until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 
  • Sprinkle evenly over blueberry filling.
  • Bake for 24-30 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.

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