Blueberries

Sunday, February 10, 2013
If you go to my church, you can probably see where this one's headed.

My youngest daughter sings in the youth choir, and last year I wrote about the musical they performed for our congregation.  It was such a success they decided to take it on the road, so they'll be travelling to Nova Scotia in April to perform it for several congregations there.

As a result they're busy with fundraising activities, and one of those activities is selling frozen blueberries.  So I felt it was my responsibility to help my readers and potential customers by posting one way you might use those berries.

I thought this coffee cake was terrific.  When I first saw the recipe, I wasn't sure about the combination of blueberries and white chocolate, especially since I'm not a big fan of the latter.  But I found it gently sweetens the cake, rather than overpowering it with chocolate.  I liked it even better the second day when the flavours had mellowed and mingled wonderfully.

So if you go to my church, I've given you a great reason to buy blueberries from the youth choir! And if you don't, I've just given you a great new recipe.




Blueberry and White Chocolate Coffee Cake
(from Baking Bites)

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour (first amount)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar (first amount)
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 tsp flour (second amount) – only necessary if berries are frozen
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar (second amount)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9” square baking pan with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla and almond extracts until smooth.  Stir in about half of the flour mixture, followed by the buttermilk, and then the rest of the flour mixture.  Stir only until just combined. 

If berries are frozen, toss them with 1 tsp flour to prevent the colour from running.  Fold in berries and white chocolate chips to evenly distribute them in the batter.  Pour batter into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.  Sprinkle with 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar.

Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.  Cool completely before slicing.

Makes 16 squares.

34 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on your daughter, Beth. This sounds so good. And blueberries are on sale this week. If I get time, I'll make it for my husband, who loves blueberries. Thanks.

Gloria said...

Congrats to your daugther beth!!
I love this blueberries cake!!!

Bonnie said...

Congratulations to the youth choir! I know everyone is thrilled for them. I love both blueberries and white chocolate. I love to take frozen blueberries and pour a little melted white chocolate over them. I will most surely use this recipe. Thanks!

Valerie said...

I'm not a huge fan of white chocolate either, but blueberries...is there anything they Don't play well with? This looks wonderful, Beth! Any chance you could send a few frozen berries down here?

Barbara said...

Good for you for taking the chance with white chocolate. Would never have tried that....very unusual. Glad it turned out beautifully.
Very exciting about your daughter. I'd love to hear them.

Nas said...

Congratulations to your daughter for the youth choir! And thanks for this recipe, sounds good!

Beth said...

I wish I could, Valerie!

bakewithjill.com said...

The coffee cake sounds delicious, and I love the idea of selling frozen blueberries for a fundraiser!

Jess said...

This looks great! And blueberries are on sale at the grocery right now :)

yummychunklet said...

You had me at white chocolate!

Belinda said...

That is a perfect combination!!

Lizzy Do said...

I love white chocolate and LOVE that you combined it with blueberries...I never would have thought of that! But it looks fantastic, Beth!!! Congrats to your daughter...what fun!

Kitchen Riffs said...

What a great opportunity for your daughter! Congrats to her. And congrats on such a nice recipe. I love blueberries, and fresh ones are kinda sorta reasonably priced at the moment. So I may have to make this. ;-) Good stuff - thanks.

Joanne said...

Congrats to your daughter! This blueberry cake sounds absolutely delicious! The white chocolate/blueberry combo is magical.

grace said...

i would totally buy frozen blueberries over girl scout cookies or really any other thing that fundraising kids usually sell. great cake--white chocolate and blueberries are a wonderful pair!

Angie's Recipes said...

Beth, Congratulations to your daughter.
I just bought some frozen berries (I think it's a mix of raspberry, black currant and blue berry) to make post yoga smoothies. Now I am not sure any more as I want the cake so badly!

Guru Uru said...

Congrats to your daughter my friend :D
And I would love to eat this delicious cake :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Stina Lindenblatt said...

*wipes drool off keyboard*

Yum! I'm not a fan of white chocolate either, but this does sound good. :D

Julie said...

I wish I was there, I would buy blueberries to make this beautiful cake!

Patty said...

Very sweet Beth! I am a fan of both white chocolate and blueberries but have never put the two together-actually it sounds very good;-)

Chocolate Shavings said...

Your blueberry cake looks delicious!

Food Gal said...

Actually, I love blueberries and white chocolate in cookies, so I bet in a coffee cake it's equally sublime.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Beth, this is a very elegant sounding and looking Blueberry Cake with White Chocolate! Love the presentation on th beautiful plates. Best of luck with the fundraising, I think it is wonderful that the Youth Choir that she sings in will be travelling to Nova Scotia to perform the musical there.
Have a good Tuesday!

Katerina said...

I am not a big fan of white chocolate either, but this cake looks incredibly tasty! So, yes I trust you when you say that the white chocolate gives a sweetness without being to powerful!

Cucina49 said...

This is so ridiculously delicious-looking I wish I could reach through my screen and grab a piece. Best wishes for your daughter's fundraising--that trip sounds wonderful!

Cindy said...

I wish I lived nearby--but I don't think Utah is close enough! I do love blueberry most anything. These look delicious.

Elaine said...

What a great fundraiser. I sure hope they sell all their blueberries! Your coffee cake looks wonderful. I am also not a huge fan of white chocolate, but it sounds like a perfect sweetener with the blueberries.

Claire Davis said...

How exciting about Nova Scotia! This recipe is so interesting with the white chocolate. I love blueberries!

Nik Sharma said...

That is one delicious white chocolate and blueberry cake! Good luck with the fundraising!

Victoria said...

What a great fundraiser!! I would totally buy blueberries for a great cause. Good luck to them! This cake looks great as well :)

bellini said...

I love this cake Beth. It would be perfect for a lazy Sunday morning with my family.

Kathy said...

This cake sounds so lovely Beth! So perfect for breakfast with my cup of tea!!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Oh yes, Beth - with a nice cuppa tea! That's how I judge every baked good - how well it would go with a cup of tea!

michaelswoodcraft said...

Congratulations to your daughter!! I linked to your site from another blog and I am glad I did. Your cake sounds delicious, I printed your post so I could try it.

check out my recent post, especially I f you like chocolate, Hot Fudge Cake
Michael :-)
http://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/hot-fudge-sauce-chocolate-cake-and-ice-cream/

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