17 August 2015

Summer Food: Deliciously Easy Small Blueberry Cake

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Small Blueberry Cake
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From Denny:  This is an easy to assemble cake, practically a dump cake after you add together the dry ingredients and milk.  You pour the melted butter over the batter without stirring and layer loads of blueberries on top and then bake to get this marbling effect.

Make sure you are using aluminum free baking powder, an easy find at most grocery stores these days and always at health food stores like Trader Joe's.  You could also substitute agave syrup for the white sugar to lower the glycemic index.  I'm considering trying it with brown rice syrup to see how it performs so I'll let you know later how that turns out.  (First we have to finish off my experiment with a rice pudding recipe that came out quite well.)

While this recipe calls for Louisiana blueberries there are plenty of other blueberry growers with very delicious berries in Texas, Mississippi and California and other states too.  Since blueberries have grown in popularity more farmers have turned to growing them.  Get what is local to you so the berries will be fresh.  Buy USA berries which supports workers and farmers in America.

This is a small pan cake (9" x 9") so it is suitable for just a snack for a few friends or a couple of people who regularly cook for two - with leftovers.  Oh, that's too bad, you mean there might be more to enjoy for breakfast?  This would be wonderful at tea time or a coffee break snack at the office or home as this little cake will travel well for picnics and gatherings too.  It would even taste great chilled for the hot summer weather.  Blueberries are awesome and healthy!

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Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Small Blueberry Cake
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Small Blueberry Cake

Makes:  one 9 x 9-inch cake

From:  Carmen Kundler in “The Best of Louisiana” Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry recipe booklet.  Not available online at this time because I sure have looked for it to give a link.

Ingredients:

1 stick butter
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1 cup fresh Louisiana blueberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Melt butter in a 9 x 9-inch pan.

3. In medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar and baking powder.

4. Add milk and stir. Pour into pan and pour over melted butter — do not stir.

5. Evenly pour berries on top.

6. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until browned. Best when served hot.


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