Thursday, July 25, 2013

Blueberry-Yogurt Coffee Cake


This recipe comes from a cookbook given to me by my friend Les


She knows that I love regional recipes, and this book offers them along with informative sidebars about the Pacific Northwest area, and photographs from older days. Perfect. I turned to it today to find a recipe for our first blueberries of the year.


I've mentioned before that a man down the road grows them, and we buy enough for summer eating, and then winter eating from the freezer. This is one of the best recipes ever! Sweet, buttery, and full of blueberries.

Blueberry-Yogurt Coffeecake

(From the cookbook) 
This coffee cake is a summer favorite at our house which I often make a day in advance. I reheat it covered with foil in a 300º F. oven for 20 minutes. It can be warmed faster in the microwave, but I enjoy smelling the sweet, lingering aroma that drifts out of the oven as it reheats. Don't let its unusually thick batter worry you. It will push the sugar-cinnamon topping up as it bakes, and will sink down when it is removed from the oven. 


This is one of the few coffee cakes that improve with age.

Topping
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut up

Coffee Cake
1/2 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar (I used Sugar in the Raw)
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

Preheat oven to 350º F. and butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. (I used cooking spray)
Using a fork, blend the topping ingredients together in a small bowl. (I used 2 knives) Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, and egg. 
Add baking soda, flour, yogurt, and vanilla and mix on medium speed for 2-3 minutes.
Pour the cake batter into the baking dish and sprinkle blueberries over the top.
Gently press them into the batter.
Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar topping over all.
Bake for 45-50 minutes. If using frozen blueberries, increase baking time to 1 hour.

26 comments:

  1. Looks and sounds heavenly. Thanks. I will give it a try. My DB picked 12# of blueberries. Yummmm

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  2. Cyndi and Jeff have six prolific blueberry bushes ....we eat them every morning while we're here. This recipe sounds great for a special treat.

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    1. Isn't that just the best - to walk out and pick your own breakfast?!!

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  3. I love blueberries. I always have them in my smoothies or on top of my oatmeal. This sounds delicious! Of course, I have the same cookbook, but have not yet tried this recipe, so it's going on the menu this weekend! YUM!

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    1. You'll love it, I'm sure! (another coffeecake is coming soon here)

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  4. Yum! I was just thinking about making blueberry muffins when the grands arrive next week. I think I will try this recipe instead. Thanks, Nan.

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  5. Perfect timing! I just picked up some blueberries at the farmers market... this will be our weekend treat :-)

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  6. I looks and sounds so moist and yummy - Thanks Nan

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    1. It is both! And it didn't last long. :<)

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  7. Oh my, that looks so good. I'm borrowing the recipe, it looks perfect for a summer's day. Thank you so much!!!

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    1. I'm glad you are 'borrowing' it - sounds like you popped over to my house.

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  8. OH my gosh - that looks divine! I love blueberry coffee cake. Definitely going on my baking list. And blueberry season is just starting up here! Thanks Nan!!

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    1. Here, too. This is a great coffeecake!

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  9. Oh, I am going to try this! I have seven bags of blueberries in my freezer! Did you read my post where I picked blueberries with my Dad? It was wonderful!

    And did you know that blueberries far surpass peaches in Georgia now? It's a fact!

    That Les sending you this cookbook, what a doll!

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    1. I haven't yet read it, but I will. I've not been reading "my" blogs as often as I'd like this month.
      Very surprising about more blueberries than peaches! Easier to grow?
      Yeah, she's a 'doll' alright!!

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  10. Oh boy, that looks wonderful!!! I'm having a major love affair with blueberries right now!

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    1. Isn't it wonderful when something you love is also good for you!

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  11. To combine cinammon with blueberries is something I never thought of myself, but I am sure it is lovely. Right now, I am imagining the wonderful scent drifting from the kitchen when this cake is in the oven!

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    1. The cinnamon taste wasn't overpowering at all.
      I did as the book suggested and reheated it in the oven (I don't have a microwave anyway) and it was great to have that wonderful smell again.

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  12. I made it this afternoon, Nan, and it's delicious! (It would be good with blackberries, too, I think). Many thanks to Les, and to you for posting the recipe.

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    1. I am just delighted that you made it! And thanks for telling me. I'm sure it would be good with any fruit.

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