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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Blueberries....Fresh or Frozen!

While browsing my favorite, Ina Garten, she was making something that really sounded great.    As a matter of fact, I have come to rely on her cookbooks for guidance and inspiration.   This recipe is written as she directed, but I have taken some liberties with the formula.  

The original recipe makes too much streusel in my opinion.   I made as she prescribed, but only used half of the streusel and saved the other half in a freezer bag to use later.  

Also, I have exchanged the sour cream with peach yogurt and used sliced peaches instead of the blueberries.    Both have become favorites.  


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Blueberry Crumb Cake



  FOR THE STREUSEL:
2 tb granulated sugar
3 tb brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 oz unsalted butter; melted
2/3 cups flour
  FOR THE CAKE:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 extra-large eggs; room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest; grated
2/3 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup fresh blueberries
  confectioners' sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 350F. Preheat 340F. convection. Spray a 9-inch round baking pan with Pam. Place parchment paper round in bottom of pan; spray with Pam.

Special Note for the Streusel!!    I half the quanities from Ina's original recipe.   If you make as written, you can spread what you need on top of the batter and freeze what is left over for the next one.

For the streusel:Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Stir in the melted butter and then the flour. Mix well and set aside.

For the cake:Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on high speed for 4 to 5 minutes, until light. Reduce the speed to low and add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla, lemon zest, and sour cream. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Fold in the blueberries and stir with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread it out with a knife. With your fingers,crumble the topping evenly over the batter. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely and serve sprinkled with confectioners' sugar. The original recipe had double the amount of streusel. I halved the quantity for a better result.

I also have substituted peach yogurt and added sliced peaches instead of the blueberries.

Notes:  Ina Garten

Yield: 8 servings


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Enjoy warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 



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