It is the last week of July but you wouldn’t know it by the weather! Here in northern Indiana, we have had almost fall-like weather. Believe it or not,early last week at this time it was 90 degrees! It was on that day that I headed on over to the Blueberry Ranch for my first time to pick some berries. My girlfriend and I survived the heat and managed to each pick 8 pounds of berries in about and hour and 15 minutes. If you live in the area and are interested in information on the Blueberry Ranch, you may find it here. We were determined to go at the time that we did because someone told us we just HAD to go when they were picking the “Berkleys” because they are the best. I am not sure if this is true or not. They are mighty tasty but they grow nine different varieties and I am sure they are all very delicious.
What is a girl to do with eight pounds of blueberries besides gorge herself silly? Make Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake! At Morton Street Coffee, we made this with a berry blend and called it Berry Coffee Cake so if that was one of your faves, the recipe will follow and you can make some of your own. I cannot claim the rights to this pan of deliciousness. My mom made this for our family every summer while I was growing up. We would enjoy it piping hot from the oven with cold milk poured over the top….mmmmmmmm.
How is a “buckle” different from a regular old coffee cake? From what I came up with on the world wide web, a buckle is a combination of a rich coffee cake with the fruit put on top of the cake layer and then topped with a streusel. The fruit on top of the cake makes the bottom cake layer “buckle” or sink down in places. This can be made with either fresh or frozen berries. I even like it for breakfast. Your version will look different than mine because I had to use a gluten free base for my cake which made it more even in appearance but the
deliciousness of yours will be GREAT!
The original recipe comes from the red and white Better Homes and Garden cookbook—it is a classic! I got my cookbook at a bridal shower before I got married (35 years ago!!! Where has time gone?) I think we all got this cookbook back then in “the day”. It was a staple for a new brides’ kitchen. In my edition of said book, it is in the Quick Bread section of all places! Here it is for you.
Berry Coffee Cake (Blueberry Buckle)
|Prep time||15 minutes|
|Cook time||45 minutes|
|Total time||1 hour|
|Meal type||Breakfast, Dessert, Snack|
|From book||Better Homes and Gardens New CookBook|
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup butter
|Coffee Cake Base|
|Cream the 1/2 cup butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Add the egg and beat until light and fluffy. In another bowl, whisk together your flour, baking powder, and salt. Add it to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Spread it into an 11x7 inch baking pan. Top it with the berries.|
|Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup flour, and cinnamon. Cut in 1/4 cup cold butter until crumbly. Sprinkle it over the berries in the pan.|
|Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cut in squares and serve warm.|
Now, on to Frank and Vanessa. As soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning, they are ready for their breakfast. Vanessa is almost in panic mode until I get dressed, get her food in the bowl and take them out for their first potty break of the day. I think she worries for several hours beforehand about breakfast….waiting…waiting…waiting…. So when all the morning duties are done and we are back in the house……off she goes for a nap. With the cool mornings this week, they have been finding the coziest places they can.
On the twin bed in my sewing room (which is officially the “dog bed”) with her stuffed dog that is twice the size of her or more.
Amongst the pillows on the couch in the living room.
In the morning sun.
Or here, under the table where I am working, resting her heavy head on the table leg where she can catch a sunbeam. This has to be my personal favorite!
I hope you are all enjoying your summer. I will be sharing another blueberry recipe next time that will take you all through the winter with a warm and cozy breakfast.