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Blueberry Buckle

3 Jul

Remember how I told you that there was a blueberry buckle in the future for me and Karl?  Well I wasn’t lying.  And I didn’t waste any time getting to work.  Its amazing – even with all of the cookbooks I own, I most of the time still end up turning to the internet to find recipes.  I think that looking online makes it so much easier to pick because there are so many rated recipes so you know that whatever recipe you pick will turn out tasty!  I took this recipe from Simply Recipes but made a few modifications.

As soon as it came out of the oven we were ready to cut into it.  We somehow found the self control to wait while it cooled for 10 minutes, but then we had to try a piece.  It was delicious.  It was almost too much blueberry for me though (I’m a cake girl) but Karl said it was perfect.  So depending on how blueberry-y you want it you might want to cut the blueberries in half.  Here’s the recipe:

Blueberry Buckle

Cake Ingredients

  • 2 cups and 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour, separated
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup plain or vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups blueberries

Topping Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.  Grease an 8″ springform pan (I don’t actually own a springform pan.  I used an 8″ cake pan instead and it worked out just fine).  Set aside.
  2. Sift together the 2 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together the yogurt and milk.
  5. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with the milk/yogurt mixture.
  6. Sift the remaining 2 tbsp of flour and toss with the blueberries.
  7. Fold berries into the batter.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  9. Combine the ingredients for the topping in a separate bowl.  Mix with a fork to make a crumbly mixture then sprinkle this over the batter.
  10. This is the biggest spot where the recipe and I did not agree.  The recipe says bake for 1 hour, but I baked for 35 minutes and the cake was still completely done.  When a knife or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (minus the blueberry juice you will no doubt run into).
  11. Let the buckle cool in the pan on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes.  Run a knife around the edges of the pan and remove the cake from the pan.  This is probably where you should continue to let it cool, but we could not help ourselves!  It sliced very easily after only 10 minutes of cooling.
  12. ENJOY!!  I would definitely serve it with whipped cream or ice cream.
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Fresh-Picked Blueberries!

3 Jul

Summer is quickly becoming one of my favorite times of year because of all of the fresh fruit that we can go and pick ourselves.  In case you didn’t know, I am a fruit-aholic.  I have a major sweet tooth and generally fruit fits into the sweets category too.  If I could live on just fruit I probably would.  From watermelon to pineapple I like almost everything.  Fresh-picked fruits are my favorite though.  The freshness just makes them a million times better.

We are pretty lucky here in Maryland that we have 3 different orchards within 30 minutes of our house.  It makes it nice because we can go and pick just about anything we want all summer long.  Last year was really our first time picking fresh fruits.  With school and internships we were just too busy during previous summers.  We were excited last year to find a strawberry field less than 10 minutes from our apartment.  We picked close to 20 lbs of  strawberries last summer and froze a bunch of them.

Picking strawberries last summer

Unfortunately we missed strawberry season this year.  It was just too hot for us plus the strawberries we could get at the grocery store were actually really good.

Since we didn’t get to pick blueberries last summer I knew we would not miss them this year.  This was actually my first time ever picking them.   When I was a kid my family went to pick apples every fall and sometimes peaches.   Last year Karl and I picked strawberries, blackberries, and peaches.  This year I want to do them all – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, plums, and apples.   And probably some tomatoes too.

I was pleasantly surprised that the blueberry plants were almost as tall as me!  I was expecting it to be like picking strawberries where you spend the whole afternoon bent over and your lower back hurts for the next two days.  I think we are right at the beginning of blueberry season out here and there were still tons of green berries out there. We still picked 1.5 pounds and only spent $3.65 (a lot better than $3 a pint!), and we’ll probably go back to get more blueberries and some raspberries next weekend.  Now I just have to figure out what to make with these beauties…  I know for sure a blueberry banana bread with my favorite struesel topping will be made tomorrow to take to work on Tuesday.  Some of my co-workers have been asking about banana bread, and I aim to please.  I think a blueberry buckle might be in the future for Karl and me.  Just have to get the recipe from my mom.

But before I get to work on that I’m going to help myself to this delicious salad I just made.  Hope you are enjoying your three day weekend!

Do you and your family have any orchard traditions?