At our house, we LOVE blueberries.
We could eat blueberries every day of the week…for supper and lunch and breakfast. And often we do.
My hands-down favorite blueberry recipe…is Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake. I could eat it every day for breakfast. Probably not a good idea, though. [wink]
A few years ago, we spent the day at Niagara Falls and enjoyed lunch on the veranda of a restaurant overlooking the park and falls on the Canadian side. That day, salmon was the special and so I ordered it. When it was set before me, I was surprised to see it accompanied by blueberries. It was so pretty I took a picture of it. Every bit was delicious, too. That was the beginning of my adventure of adding fresh blueberries to more than just pancakes [yum!] or blueberry buckle.
We also love picking blueberries.
Okay. Not really. What I really love is fresh-picked blueberries and being outside.
We did our fair share of blueberry picking in Michigan and New York. Blueberries were not in abundance in the area of Pennsylvania where we briefly lived. But here in West Michigan there are many farms and they seem to be growing. I guess all the news about those good antioxidants have helped spur the planting of more bushes. Yay!
Remember that Blueberry Buckle I mentioned earlier? I really really wanted to make it for breakfast. I could taste it. Just the thought made my mouth water. But, I didn’t have time, right then, to go and pick berries. So, I asked my husband if he would pick some for me. He did, a beautiful pail full. Aren’t I blessed?
Since my tried and true recipe is deep in storage, I decided to look for a similar one online.
This recipe from Betty Crocker is very similar, so I decided to give it a whirl. I made a few minor adaption and it passed the test.
Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake
Method & Ingredients
Heat oven to 375 degrees
Grease an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish or 9 inch pie plate
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1/3 cup unbleached flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
Prepare the Crumb Topping in a medium mixing bowl. Mix the light brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon together with a fork and then cut in the butter until crumbly. I find it’s quicker and easier to use a Pastry Blender (affiliate link) for mixing the butter and flour/sugar mixture. (One of my favorite kitchen tools.) Set the mixture aside.
- 2 cups unbleached flour
- 3/4 cup granulated cane sugar
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 egg
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg and melted butter lightly with a fork, and then mix in the sour cream, and milk.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until well mixed.
Using a spatula, fold in fresh blueberries.
Turn mixture into baking dish.
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Place on a cooling rack.
Optional: Vanilla Drizzle
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (Note: a clear vanilla will make a whiter drizzle.)
- 2 or more teaspoons hot water
In a small bowl mix the sugar, vanilla, and hot water thoroughly. The mixture needs to be thin enough to drizzle over the cake.
Drizzle over the Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake after it has cooled for about ten minutes or so, but is still warm.
Blueberry Buckle is perfect to serve for your weekend breakfast or brunch.
It’s even a delicious before bed snack with a cup of cocoa.
Is your mouth-watering now? Good. I did my job. Heehee!
It’s your turn to Make Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake.
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If you love blueberries and are looking for a cookbook dedicated to all things beachy, blissful, and blueberry, then this just might be the book for you. Before we started this journey, we built our forever home in the Tri-Cities. Though my address wasn’t Grand Haven, it might as well have been come summer when I walked the boardwalk and beaches on a nearly daily basis. That’s why it’s fun to see “local folk” sharing the goodness of the area in such a pretty book….Beaches, Berries and Bliss: Blueberry Recipes and More (affiliate link).
I haven’t had a chance to put my hands on it yet, but I have it on good account that it’s a delightful book. And I’ve heard that there is quite a stir over in downtown Grand Haven. I can’t wait to see if there is a recipe in it for Blueberry Buckle.
Do you have a favorite blueberry recipe?
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