Friday, March 16, 2007

Blueberry Coffee Cake

My friend Mary from church made this delicious coffee cake one day and was kind enough to share the recipe with me. I used frozen blueberries from last summer, but either fresh or frozen can be used. It’s a dense, rich cake with a crunchy topping and chock full of berries. I much prefer it cold to hot, as do the other taste-testers here, so make it the night before and eat it in the morning. This allows the topping to harden and the flavors to meld.

2 cups unsifted flour

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

¼ cup butter (1/2 stick)

¾ cup sugar

1 egg

½ cup milk

2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (I used 2 ½ cups berries)

½ cup light brown sugar

½ cups chopped nuts, optional

2 tsp. cinnamon

3 tbsp. butter

3 tbsp. flour

Cream butter and sugar; beat in egg. Add flour mixture and milk. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in blueberries carefully. Turn into greased angel-food pan (or Bundt, or 8-inch square). Combine brown sugar, walnuts (if desired), cinnamon, butter, and flour, and spread over the top. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes. If top browns too quickly, tent loosely with foil.


Rebecca said...

The most scrumptious recipes come from your kitchen. Not to mention the most beautiful to look at.

I came over here in search of the hot and spicy popcorn chicken recipe and I just MUST say this...

I was talking to a professional photographer the other day and he said that photographing food is one of the most challenging venues for photography. He said that the photos of food we often see are actually FAKE food.

Might I just say-you far surpass magazine photos of food-AND they have the added benefit of actually being EDIBLE!

I can't wait to try the chicken below...AND I haven't broken out the berries yet-so I need to do so to make room for more. This and the muffin recipe look like perfect ways to use them up!

PS-I love the 'dropped crumb' idea!

Abigail said...

I have an infallible method. Place an apron or a kitchen towel (whatever's handy in the kitchen) on the stove and place the plate of food on top. Then, snap shots and choose one that's not blurry. I'm glad you think they turn out so well!

You haven't broken out the berries yet, and it's nearly April. I'm impressed by your fortitude.

Rebecca said...

I'm afraid it wasn't fortitude.

I kinda forgot they were there! hehehe

The applesauce is nearly gone though (and I am about sick to death of applesauce by this point!)