Sour Cream & Blueberry Coffee Cake

I love an excuse to make a special breakfast. This time, it was a cold and rainy Saturday morning at home with my daughter. Perfect.

This recipe was adapted from San Francisco’s Hobee’s Restaurant via Mario Batali’s Big American Cookbook: 250 Favorite Recipes from Across the USA. I loved that Batali noted that this coffee cake is “suspiciously under the heading ‘Light Bites'” on their menu. 🙂 I suppose it doesn’t incorporate that much butter… 😉

I adapted the recipe by incorporating whole wheat pastry flour, increasing the baking time, and modifying the topping. Instead of using a 9×9-inch baking pan, I used an 8×8-inch equivalent baking pan (it has a berry pattern on it!), which was a little bit too small… Still yummy, thank goodness.

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

For the Cake:

  • 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

For the Brown Sugar Topping:

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 T unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
  2. Spray a 9×9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. Make the Cake: Rinse the berries in cold water and then toss them in 1/2 cup of the all-purpose flour.
  4. Place a sieve over a mixing bowl, and pour the berries into the sieve. Shake the excess flour off into the bowl; set berries aside.
  5. Add the remaining 1 cup all-purpose flour and whole wheat pastry flour to the bowl, along with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to incorporate.
  6. In a separate bowl or stand mixer, beat together the eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and granulated sugar until well combined.
  7. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until a smooth batter forms.
  8. Pour half the butter in the pan and scatter most of the berries over.
  9. Pour in the rest of the batter and drop the rest of the berries on top.
  10. Make the Brown Sugar Topping: In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Combine throughly using a pastry blender.
  11. Spread topping over the top of the batter.
  12. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the top is uniformly brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  13. Let cool before serving.

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Oatmeal Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

It’s hard to beat a special summer breakfast loaded with fresh berries. Similar to the muffins in my last post, the whole wheat flour and oats in the batter make this special treat a substantial meal as well.

This recipe was adapted from New York Times, contributed by Martha Rose Schulman. I decreased the batter resting time and increased the amount of blueberries. Delicious!!

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  1. Combine the milk and rolled oats in a bowl, and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, then add the buttermilk and whisk together. Then whisk in the vanilla extract and the oil.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and quickly whisk together. Do not overbeat; a few lumps are okay. Fold in the oats and milk. Let sit for one hour, or refrigerate overnight. (I let it sit for 30 minutes without a problem.)
  5. If necessary, spray the hot griddle with pan spray. Drop by 3 to 4 tablespoons onto the hot griddle. Place six or seven blueberries on each pancake. Cook until bubbles begin to break through, two to three minutes. Turn and cook for about 30 seconds to a minute on the other side, or until nicely browned. Remove from the heat, and continue until all of the batter is used up.
  6. Serve hot with a small amount of butter and maple syrup.

Note: Keep these, well wrapped, in the refrigerator for a few days, or freeze for up to a few months.

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Blueberry & Corn Crisp

I can’t try enough crisp recipes using summer berries. This dessert was described as a “unique and textured crisp with the flavors of corn muffins and blueberry jam smashed together.” I loved the textural contrast of the fresh corn kernels in the topping with the soft blueberry filling. Yummy!

This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit, contributed by Nicole Rucker. I used medium-fine cornmeal instead of coarse. We ate it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, of course. 🙂

Yield: Serves 8

For the Filling:

  • 5 cups fresh (or frozen, thawed) blueberries
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse  salt

For the Topping and Assembly:

  • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup coarse-grind cornmeal or polenta (I used medium-fine cornmeal)
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 10 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (from about 1 large ear)

To Make the Filling:

  1. Toss blueberries, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt in a shallow 2-quart baking dish.

To Make the Topping and Assembly:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°, preferably on convection.
  2. Whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl to combine.
  3. Using a pastry blender or your hands, work butter into dry ingredients until no dry spots remain and mixture holds together when squeezed.
  4. Add corn and toss to evenly distribute.
  5. Press topping between your fingers and break into large pieces over filling.
  6. Place baking dish on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake crisp until topping is golden brown and juices are thick and bubbling, 50–60 minutes.
  7. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool 30 minutes before serving.

Note: Crisp can be made 1 day ahead. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

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Whole Grain Blueberry Muffins With Orange Streusel

I love a good, hearty muffin for a special breakfast. Especially if it’s warm from the oven. 🙂 These muffins were moist, earthy, and wholesome. The recipe made 24 muffins- so I was able to freeze a dozen of them for a busy day. Woo hoo! Nice. 🙂

This recipe was adapted from the The New York Times, contributed by Julia Moskin. I weighed the dry ingredients, omitted the nuts, baked the muffins in one large oven in a single batch, and modified the baking time for a convection oven.

Yield: 24 standard muffins

For the Muffins:

  • 2 cups/240 g all-purpose flour, more as needed
  • ⅔ cup/75 g whole wheat flour or wheat germ, preferably toasted
  • ⅔ cup/92 g fine-ground yellow cornmeal
  • ⅔ cup/66 g rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • ⅔ cup/142 g packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tsp cinnamon (or 2 tsp cinnamon & 2 tsp nutmeg or allspice)
  • ½ tsp coarse salt
  • 1 ¾ cups/414 ml buttermilk, more as needed
  • 1 ⅓ cup/315 ml coconut oil, or neutral oil like safflower or canola
  • ⅔ cup/158 ml maple syrup
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups/198 g grated carrots or tart apple (I grated the carrots in a food processor.)
  • 1 ½ cups/255 g blueberries (I used frozen wild blueberries.)
  • 1 cup/113 g chopped toasted walnuts or pecans (optional)

For the Streusel:

  • ⅓ cup/71 grams packed light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup/59 ml coconut oil or cold unsalted butter
  • ½ cup/60 g all-purpose flour
  • finely grated zest from 1 large orange (about 1 1/2 T)
  1. Make the muffins: In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flours, cornmeal, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl or large measuring cup, mix the wet ingredients: buttermilk, oil, maple syrup and eggs.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently mix just until blended. Don’t worry about a few lumps or streaks of flour.
  4. Stir in the carrots, blueberries and nuts if using. (If you’d like, reserve a handful of blueberries for sprinkling on top of the muffins just before baking.)
  5. Set batter aside at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes to allow flours to absorb the liquid. Check batter after 15 minutes by giving it a light stir. It should be thick, not runny (this will help the muffins rise). Thin with a little more buttermilk or thicken by adding 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour. Set aside for 5 minutes more, check and adjust texture again, and repeat until batter is thick and fluffy.
  6. Heat oven to 425 degrees, preferably on convection, and place rack in top third of oven.
  7. Butter or spray two muffin tins (regular or jumbo), or line the cups with paper liners. Make sure to also butter or spray the top surface of the tin to help the muffins release.
  8. Make the streusel if using: In a small bowl, mix and pinch all the ingredients together until blended and crumbly. (If using butter, cut into small pieces first.)
  9. Using an ice-cream scoop or small ladle, divide thick batter among muffin cups, filling almost to the top. Mound the batter slightly in the center of each cup; this will help make a domed muffin top. If you reserved blueberries for topping, press them lightly into the muffins. Top with streusel, using your fingers to divide streusel over batter and press lightly onto the surface.
  10. Place one muffin tin in oven (or both tins if using a large oven) and reduce heat to 400 degrees. Bake for 17 minutes on convection, or up to 20 minutes in a standard oven, until a tester inserted into center of muffin comes out moist but clean. Rotate the pan halfway through baking.
  11. Cool muffins in pan on rack, then remove from tin.
  12. If baking one batch at a time, repeat with remaining batter. (If there is not enough batter remaining to fill all the cups, fill every other cup with batter. Pour water into the empty cups to protect the pan in the oven.)

Note: To freeze extra muffins, wrap them individually in aluminum foil. Reheat, still wrapped, in a 300-degree oven for about 20 minutes. Or unwrap and reheat in a microwave.

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Oscar Night Waffles

An odd tradition in our house is to eat waffles on Oscar night! I’m not sure how it started… The best part for me is that I can bypass menu planning to celebrate and watch the red carpet. The only thing I did this year is pick a new waffle recipe to try. 🙂

These waffles were SO easy to make- the eggs aren’t even separated. I honestly couldn’t tell the difference! This recipe was adapted from the New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. I added whole wheat flour and blueberries. I used buttermilk instead of yogurt as well. I doubled the recipe, after all, it was dinner. The leftover waffles were delicious reheated in the toaster. I hope it’s not bad to eat waffles for breakfast the morning after eating them for dinner!

Yield: about 10 waffles

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, more for waffle iron
  • 1 cup/120 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup/120 grams whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon/15 grams granulated or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon/8 grams baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon/5 grams fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon/3 grams baking soda
  • 1 cup plain yogurt, buttermilk, or sour cream
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1 percent)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, optional
  • pure maple syrup, for serving
  1. Melt butter either on the stove or in the microwave. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, milk, melted butter, and eggs.
  4. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  5. Fold in blueberries, if using.
  6. Preheat a waffle iron and, using a pastry brush or paper towel, lightly coat with butter. (I used cooking oil spray.)
  7. Cook waffles (using about 1/2 cup batter per waffle) until golden and crisp. (I cook them for 5 minutes.) Butter the iron in between batches as needed.
  8. Serve waffles immediately as they are ready, or keep them warm in a 200 degree oven or warming drawer until ready to serve.

Note: If you don’t have yogurt (or sour cream or buttermilk), substitute another 1 cup of milk mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar.

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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread

This delicious breakfast bread is loaded with blueberries. It really is a fabulous blend of banana bread and blueberry muffins- two of our favorite special breakfasts! The cinnamon sugar was an extra treat. 🙂

This recipe was adapted from Crazy for Crust. I decreased the sugar and modified the recipe to include whole wheat flour and bake in a convection oven. I also used a Vitamix to blend the liquid ingredients. Nice!

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 T granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 7 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (on convection, if possible). Grease a 9x5x3” loaf pan with butter or cooking spray.
  2. Cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar with a hand or stand mixer. Set aside.
  3. Add bananas, eggs, milk, vanilla, salt, and baking soda to a blender jar and blend until smooth. (I used a Vitamix)
  4. Pour half the banana mixture into the butter mixture with 1 cup of whole wheat flour. Mix until just incorporated, then add the remaining banana mixture and the all-purpose flour. Mix until just incorporated.
  5. Gently fold in the blueberries. Pour into prepared pan.
  6. Combine 2 T sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter.
  7. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes on convection or up to 60 minutes in a standard oven, or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs. The edges will be a dark brown.
  8. Cool completely before removing loaf from pan, but you can cut slices from the pan after it’s cooled for about 15-20 minutes.

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and… I have to share some friends who came to visit. 🙂 A Great Egret and a Night Heron!

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The Night Heron actually came and sat at the edge of our diving board… he didn’t go for a swim. 🙂 Great.

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Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

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My daughter LOVES blueberry muffins- it’s hard to resist making them repeatedly during blueberry season! The blueberries were HUGE and bursting inside of these tasty muffins. This classic recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook. I substituted whole wheat pastry flour for half of the all-purpose flour and adjusted the baking times for a convection oven. Turbinado sugar could be sprinkled over the muffin tops prior to baking to add a little crunch. Nice.

Yield: Makes 12 muffins

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 1 percent)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Generously butter or spray a muffin pan with cooking spray; dust with flour, tapping out excess. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Working over the bowl, toss the blueberries in a fine sieve with about 1 1/2 tsp of the flour mixture to lightly coat; set aside the flour mixture and the blueberries.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. With the mixer on low-speed, add the reserved flour mixture, beating until just combined. Add milk, beating until just combined; do not over mix.
  6. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the blueberries.
  7. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups.
  8. Bake, rotating the pan halfway through, until the muffins are golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center of one muffin comes out clean, about 20 to 22 minutes (on convection) or up to 30 minutes in a standard oven.
  9. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool 10 minutes. Turn the muffins on their sides and let cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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