Lemon-Blueberry Bread

Still trying to use up a crate of fresh ripe blueberries, I created this treat using blueberries, lemon juice, and cream.

It will make for a light summer dessert tonight and a delectable breakfast tomorrow morning.

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Lemon-Blueberry Bread

  • 1-½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine butter, eggs, cream, vanilla, and lemon zest and juice, mixing well.

Preheat oven to 350°. Place parchment paper, cut to fit, on the bottom of a 9×5 loaf pan. Grease loaf pan with butter or spray with Pam.

Make a well in the dry ingredients and add wet ingredients. Mix until blended. Fold in blueberries. Transfer to prepared loaf pan.

Bake at 350° for an hour. Using a toothpick, check for doneness.

If you wish, glaze when cool with an icing made of powdered sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

 

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Blueberry Pancakes with Lemon & Ricotta

Last weekend I bought a crate of blueberries since they’re in season and especially good right now. I’ve made pies and muffins with them, and this morning I created these delicious blueberry pancakes with ricotta cheese and lemon.

This recipe makes a lot of pancakes. My guys are still snacking on them hours later.

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Blueberry Pancakes with Ricotta & Lemon

  • 2-½ cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1-½ cups milk
  • 1-½ cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 1-½ cups blueberries

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk milk, ricotta, eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest and juice. Make a well in dry ingredients and add wet ingredients. Stir until just blended. Gently fold in blueberries.

Grease griddle and cook pancakes, turning when golden brown. Serve hot. Refrigerate leftovers.

Homemade Strawberry Preserves

My 17-year-old son’s face lit up when he sneaked the first spoonful from the bottom of the Dutch oven. He said these were the best strawberry preserves he ever had. He enjoyed the last of the warm, rich flavors before I took the pot away to wash.

Made from vine-ripened fruit, these preserves catch the fresh full flavor of summer strawberries. With a biscuit and a little butter, you’ve got a bit of Heaven right here.

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Homemade Strawberry Preserves

  • 6 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed and chopped
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • juice of 2 large lemons
  • 2 cups sugar

Place chopped strawberries in a Dutch oven and mash with a potato masher until broken. Add in lemon zest and juice.

Heat strawberries over medium-high heat. Mix in sugar. Reducee heat to medium, and stir frequently until strawberries are “set,” about 15 to 20 minutes. Preserves are set when they do not drip off a frozen teaspoon.

Ladle preserves into prepared mason jars, seal, and process in a hot water bath for 5 minutes. If you do not wish to can the preserves, place in freezer-proof containers and freeze for up to a year.

 

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