Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Did you Know...

that July is National Blueberry month? I love them!! I eat them fresh or frozen, in cakes and in smoothies too. 
Here is a great recipe using fresh or frozen blueberries

Lemon Blueberry Cake

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
dash salt
1 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt ( I like to use lemon yogurt when I can find it)
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup fresh blueberries + 2 tsp flour 
( I use 1 1/2 C blueberries)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bread loaf pan. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  In a separate large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, eggs, canola oil, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk until batter is smooth.  Sprinkle 2 tsp flour over blueberries and toss to coat.  This will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the cake.  Carefully fold blueberries into the cake batter.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick tester comes out clean.

Lemon Simple Sugar: 
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, stir together the lemon juice and sugar. Cook until the sugar dissolves completely. Turn off  heat and set aside.

When the cake is done, remove it to a wire rack and run a knife along the edges of the pan to loosen.  Allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully transfer cake to wire baking rack on top of a sheet pan. Pour the lemon simple sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Let cake cool.

 Vanilla Glaze: 
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
milk, as needed

In a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and enough milk to make a thin pourable consistency.  Pour over the luke warm cake and let it run down the sides. Transfer to a serving platter, slice and enjoy!
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  1. Yummy! You are making me hungry this morning! Hope you are having a great day! HUGS!

  2. This sounds delicious! We love blueberries. We planted two blueberry bushes last fall and we had 5 blueberries this year! Hoping for enough next year to make a cake!

  3. Can't go wrong with lemon and blueberries.

  4. These look so good! I love blueberries but can't eat wheat so I'm going to try to make a wheat free version.